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Prenatal to Pre-K

This is how RI kids stay strong.

When you know the steps to take, you set your child up for a healthy future and a strong start to school. Check out all the support and guidance our state offers to our youngest citizens. It’s the Rhode Island way.


0-1 Year

Hello to your newest family member! Right from the start, you’ll want to get your baby on track for a strong body and mind. These programs are here to help.


Family & Wellness

Women, Infants, and Children Services

Make sure your baby is healthy from day one. WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. A nutrition professional will work with you on healthy feeding practices, food safety and making sure your baby is ready to learn.


Learn More
Development

Family Visiting (Love that Baby)

Find out how to get your baby off to a great start. Family Visiting will meet you in your home or anywhere else that’s convenient for you, learn about your family and then connect you with supports and resources in your community.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“It had been years since I’d thought about child care. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Family Visiting Services—who meet with pregnant women and families with children up to age four and connect them to support services and resources—worked with me to find a high-quality child care provider that was also close to home.”

- Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Providence

Development

Early Intervention

If your child hasn’t met developmental milestones, or you think they need additional support, reach out to Early Intervention, which is a no-cost service available to you. Our staff will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. If needed, a Family Visitor will evaluate your child and give you a personal plan for next steps.


Early Intervention Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

RI Early Head Start

Help build a strong foundation so your child will be better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. RI Early Head Start is a free program for children under age 3. Find out if you qualify (income requirements apply).


Learn More
Education

Exceed RI

Find a high-quality child care or education program close to home. Use the BrightStars rating of programs around the state to help you choose the right one for your child.


BrightStars Fact Sheet       Learn More
Development

Family Strong RI

Fast, personalized support to build a strong family—no matter what challenges you face: basic needs, health care, behavioral counseling, schooling, after-school care and more.


Learn More
Wellness

Dental Safety Net

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Teeth First RI

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Oral Health Information for Parents

As soon as your child has teeth, they need proper care. Learn how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.


Learn More
Education

Child Care Assistance Program

If you’re struggling to afford child care, CCAP covers certain costs for qualifying families. The program lets you choose the provider you’re most comfortable with.


Learn More
Development

Special Needs

If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, there is a robust network of resources and information here to help.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Parents

Protect your child against 14 different diseases. Find out exactly which vaccinations (shots) to get for your child during their first twelve months.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Pregnant Women

If you’re pregnant, help protect you and your unborn baby from the health risks of certain diseases. We can help make sure your immunizations are up-to-date.


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Wellness

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care

Find out which vaccinations your child needs before they can attend child care or school.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But we can still do more … Make sure your young children are safe and ready for kindergarten with all vaccines.”

- Mely Taveras, Providence

Wellness

No Cost Vaccinations

If your family doesn’t have health insurance, this walk-in clinic offers free vaccinations for Rhode Island children and adults. 


Learn More
Wellness

Breastfeeding Support Services

Whether you're just starting out on your breastfeeding journey or having unexpected challenges, WIC is here to help you every step of the way with programs that offer support through Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Designated Breastfeeding Experts. WIC can even provide breastfeeding help during your hospital stay.


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Education

RI Reads

You can help your child develop strong language skills and start building their brains— even before they can speak! Get advice on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day.


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Family

Insurance

Find affordable, high-quality health coverage for your family at HealthSource RI, our state’s official place to purchase a plan. Compare options and check to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost health coverage (Including Medicaid).


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Wellness

Medical Home Portal

A “one stop shop” for children with special health needs, the Medical Home Portal unites families and health care professionals in one place—making it easier to find, access and coordinate care.


Learn More
Family

Basic Needs

Food. Heat. An income. Those basic needs must be met for anyone to have a chance to care for their family or improve their situation. If you are struggling with these issues, there are programs that can help.


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Family

RI Paid Leave

When you need to take extended time off work to care for a newborn or ill child, Temporary Caregiver or Disability Insurance can help. Find out if you qualify.


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1-2 Year

When your child turns two, they’ll probably start testing limits and want to do more things on their own. Your love and guidance, along with the resources from these programs, can turn the “terrible twos” into a time of healthy growth.


Family & Wellness

Women, Infants, and Children Services

Make sure your baby is healthy from day one. WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. A nutrition professional will work with you on healthy feeding practices, food safety and making sure your baby is ready to learn.


Learn More
Development

Family Visiting (Love that Baby)

Find out how to get your baby off to a great start. Family Visiting will meet you in your home or anywhere else that’s convenient for you, learn about your family and then connect you with supports and resources in your community.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“It had been years since I’d thought about child care. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Family Visiting Services—who meet with pregnant women and families with children up to age four and connect them to support services and resources—worked with me to find a high-quality child care provider that was also close to home.”

- Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Providence

Development

Early Intervention

If your child hasn’t met developmental milestones, or you think they need additional support, reach out to Early Intervention, which is a no-cost service available to you. Our staff will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. If needed, a Family Visitor will evaluate your child and give you a personal plan for next steps.


Early Intervention Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

RI Early Head Start

Help build a strong foundation so your child will be better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. RI Early Head Start is a free program for children under age 3. Find out if you qualify (income requirements apply).


Learn More
Education

Exceed RI

Find a high-quality child care or education program close to home. Use the BrightStars rating of programs around the state to help you choose the right one for your child.


BrightStars Fact Sheet       Learn More
Development

Family Strong RI

Fast, personalized support to build a strong family—no matter what challenges you face: basic needs, health care, behavioral counseling, schooling, after-school care and more.


Learn More
Wellness

Dental Safety Net

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Teeth First RI

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Oral Health Information for Parents

As soon as your child has teeth, they need proper care. Learn how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.


Learn More
Education

Child Care Assistance Program

If you’re struggling to afford child care, CCAP covers certain costs for qualifying families. The program lets you choose the provider you’re most comfortable with.


Learn More
Development

Special Needs

If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, there is a robust network of resources and information here to help.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Parents

Protect your child against 14 different diseases. Find out exactly which vaccinations (shots) to get for your child during their first twelve months.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care

Find out which vaccinations your child needs before they can attend child care or school.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But we can still do more … Make sure your young children are safe and ready for kindergarten with all vaccines.”

- Mely Taveras, Providence

Wellness

No Cost Vaccinations

If your family doesn’t have health insurance, this walk-in clinic offers free vaccinations for Rhode Island children and adults. 


Learn More
Education

RI Reads

You can help your child develop strong language skills and start building their brains— even before they can speak! Get advice on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day.


Learn More
Family

Insurance

Find affordable, high-quality health coverage for your family at HealthSource RI, our state’s official place to purchase a plan. Compare options and check to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost health coverage (Including Medicaid).


Learn More
Wellness

Medical Home Portal

A “one stop shop” for children with special health needs, the Medical Home Portal unites families and health care professionals in one place—making it easier to find, access and coordinate care.


Learn More
Family

Basic Needs

Food. Heat. An income. Those basic needs must be met for anyone to have a chance to care for their family or improve their situation. If you are struggling with these issues, there are programs that can help.


Learn More
Family

RI Paid Leave

When you need to take extended time off work to care for a newborn or ill child, Temporary Caregiver or Disability Insurance can help. Find out if you qualify.


Learn More

2-3 Year

Now that your child is no longer a toddler, they’re becoming their own little person with each passing day. Their language is probably improving, as are their physical skills. Help them stay on a healthy track with these programs.


Family & Wellness

Women, Infants, and Children Services

Make sure your baby is healthy from day one. WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. A nutrition professional will work with you on healthy feeding practices, food safety and making sure your baby is ready to learn.


Learn More
Development

Family Visiting (Love that Baby)

Find out how to get your baby off to a great start. Family Visiting will meet you in your home or anywhere else that’s convenient for you, learn about your family and then connect you with supports and resources in your community.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“It had been years since I’d thought about child care. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Family Visiting Services—who meet with pregnant women and families with children up to age four and connect them to support services and resources—worked with me to find a high-quality child care provider that was also close to home.”

- Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Providence

Development

Early Intervention

If your child hasn’t met developmental milestones, or you think they need additional support, reach out to Early Intervention, which is a no-cost service available to you. Our staff will listen to your concerns and answer your questions. If needed, a Family Visitor will evaluate your child and give you a personal plan for next steps.


Early Intervention Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

RI Early Head Start

Help build a strong foundation so your child will be better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. RI Early Head Start is a free program for children under age 3. Find out if you qualify (income requirements apply).


Learn More
Education

Exceed RI

Find a high-quality child care or education program close to home. Use the BrightStars rating of programs around the state to help you choose the right one for your child.


BrightStars Fact Sheet       Learn More
Development

Family Strong RI

Fast, personalized support to build a strong family—no matter what challenges you face: basic needs, health care, behavioral counseling, schooling, after-school care and more.


Learn More
Wellness

Dental Safety Net

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Oral Health Information for Parents

As soon as your child has teeth, they need proper care. Learn how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.


Learn More
Education

Child Care Assistance Program

If you’re struggling to afford child care, CCAP covers certain costs for qualifying families. The program lets you choose the provider you’re most comfortable with.


Learn More
Development

Special Needs

If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, there is a robust network of resources and information here to help.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Parents

Protect your child against 14 different diseases. Find out exactly which vaccinations (shots) to get for your child during their first twelve months.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care

Find out which vaccinations your child needs before they can attend child care or school.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But we can still do more … Make sure your young children are safe and ready for kindergarten with all vaccines.”

- Mely Taveras, Providence

Wellness

No Cost Vaccinations

If your family doesn’t have health insurance, this walk-in clinic offers free vaccinations for Rhode Island children and adults. 


Learn More
Education

RI Reads

You can help your child develop strong language skills and start building their brains— even before they can speak! Get advice on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day.


Learn More
Family

Insurance

Find affordable, high-quality health coverage for your family at HealthSource RI, our state’s official place to purchase a plan. Compare options and check to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost health coverage (Including Medicaid).


Learn More
Wellness

Medical Home Portal

A “one stop shop” for children with special health needs, the Medical Home Portal unites families and health care professionals in one place—making it easier to find, access and coordinate care.


Learn More
Family

Basic Needs

Food. Heat. An income. Those basic needs must be met for anyone to have a chance to care for their family or improve their situation. If you are struggling with these issues, there are programs that can help.


Learn More
Family

RI Paid Leave

When you need to take extended time off work to care for a newborn or ill child, Temporary Caregiver or Disability Insurance can help. Find out if you qualify.


Learn More

3-4 Year

Your child will head to school soon! To make sure they’re ready, you’ll want to promote their academic skills as well as their health. Here are several resources that can help.


Family & Wellness

Women, Infants, and Children Services

Make sure your baby is healthy from day one. WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. A nutrition professional will work with you on healthy feeding practices, food safety and making sure your baby is ready to learn.


Learn More
Development

Family Visiting (Love that Baby)

Find out how to get your baby off to a great start. Family Visiting will meet you in your home or anywhere else that’s convenient for you, learn about your family and then connect you with supports and resources in your community.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“It had been years since I’d thought about child care. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Family Visiting Services—who meet with pregnant women and families with children up to age four and connect them to support services and resources—worked with me to find a high-quality child care provider that was also close to home.”

- Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Providence

Education

RI Head Start

This free preschool program helps build the foundation for your child’s education. If your child is age 3 or 4, you may qualify (income requirements apply).


Head Start Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

Exceed RI

Find a high-quality child care or education program close to home. Use the BrightStars rating of programs around the state to help you choose the right one for your child.


BrightStars Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

Early Childhood Special Education

If your child has a disability or delay in development, you can access specially designed instruction at no cost. The state offers tailored education that will address their unique needs and help prepare them for Kindergarten.


Learn More
Development

Family Strong RI

Fast, personalized support to build a strong family—no matter what challenges you face: basic needs, health care, behavioral counseling, schooling, after-school care and more.


Learn More
Wellness

Dental Safety Net

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Oral Health Information for Parents

As soon as your child has teeth, they need proper care. Learn how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.


Learn More
Education

Child Care Assistance Program

If you’re struggling to afford child care, CCAP covers certain costs for qualifying families. The program lets you choose the provider you’re most comfortable with.


Learn More
Development

Special Needs

If your child has been diagnosed with a disability, there is a robust network of resources and information here to help.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Parents

Protect your child against 14 different diseases. Find out exactly which vaccinations (shots) to get for your child during their first twelve months.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care

Find out which vaccinations your child needs before they can attend child care or school.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But we can still do more … Make sure your young children are safe and ready for kindergarten with all vaccines.”

- Mely Taveras, Providence

Wellness

Child Outreach Screening

This program evaluates children between ages 3 – 5. It ensures that any child with a disability or developmental delay will have appropriate intervention and resources before they enter Kindergarten.


Learn More
Wellness

No Cost Vaccinations

If your family doesn’t have health insurance, this walk-in clinic offers free vaccinations for Rhode Island children and adults. 


Learn More
Education

RI Reads

You can help your child develop strong language skills and start building their brains— even before they can speak! Get advice on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day.


Learn More
Family

Insurance

Find affordable, high-quality health coverage for your family at HealthSource RI, our state’s official place to purchase a plan. Compare options and check to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost health coverage (Including Medicaid).


Learn More
Wellness

Medical Home Portal

A “one stop shop” for children with special health needs, the Medical Home Portal unites families and health care professionals in one place—making it easier to find, access and coordinate care.


Learn More
Family

Basic Needs

Food. Heat. An income. Those basic needs must be met for anyone to have a chance to care for their family or improve their situation. If you are struggling with these issues, there are programs that can help.


Learn More
Family

RI Paid Leave

When you need to take extended time off work to care for a newborn or ill child, Temporary Caregiver or Disability Insurance can help. Find out if you qualify.


Learn More

4-5 Years

They tell stories, they have a favorite color—they just get more interesting and fun with each passing day. Here are resources that can help make sure they’re healthy, happy and ready for the big transition to school.


Family & Wellness

Women, Infants, and Children Services

Make sure your baby is healthy from day one. WIC is for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. A nutrition professional will work with you on healthy feeding practices, food safety and making sure your baby is ready to learn.


Learn More
Development

Family Visiting (Love that Baby)

Find out how to get your baby off to a great start. Family Visiting will meet you in your home or anywhere else that’s convenient for you, learn about your family and then connect you with supports and resources in your community.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“It had been years since I’d thought about child care. Fortunately, Rhode Island’s Family Visiting Services—who meet with pregnant women and families with children up to age four and connect them to support services and resources—worked with me to find a high-quality child care provider that was also close to home.”

- Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Providence

Education

RI Pre-K

This program offers free, high-quality education before kindergarten. As the program rolls out, you can check availability and fill out an application here. Applications start in May but sign up to be notified when you can apply. Spaces are filled via lottery.


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Hear from a parent

“Prior to RI Pre-K, our daughter stayed home with my wife, which was great, but she missed out on the social aspect of learning how to interact ith other children in an educational/classroom setting. Now, she comes home excited to tell us about her friends and equally excited to tell Mommy and Daddy what she has learned. Because of this, we know that our daughter is being set up with the academic foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond.”

- Jon Tyler, Bristol

Education

RI Head Start

This free preschool program helps build the foundation for your child’s education. If your child is age 3 or 4, you may qualify (income requirements apply).


Head Start Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

Exceed RI

Find a high-quality child care or education program close to home. Use the BrightStars rating of programs around the state to help you choose the right one for your child.


BrightStars Fact Sheet       Learn More
Education

Early Childhood Special Education

If your child has a disability or delay in development, you can access specially designed instruction at no cost. The state offers tailored education that will address their unique needs and help prepare them for Kindergarten.


Learn More
Development

Family Strong RI

Fast, personalized support to build a strong family—no matter what challenges you face: basic needs, health care, behavioral counseling, schooling, after-school care and more.


Learn More
Wellness

Dental Safety Net

Your baby’s first teeth can appear around six months to a year old. Daily care and dentist visits are important from the very beginning. Get tips on keeping their teeth healthy, finding a dentist and how dental insurance can help pay for costs.


Learn More
Wellness

Oral Health Information for Parents

As soon as your child has teeth, they need proper care. Learn how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay.


Learn More
Education

Child Care Assistance Program

If you’re struggling to afford child care, CCAP covers certain costs for qualifying families. The program lets you choose the provider you’re most comfortable with.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Parents

Protect your child against 14 different diseases. Find out exactly which vaccinations (shots) to get for your child during their first twelve months.


Learn More
Wellness

Immunization Information for Schools and Child Care

Find out which vaccinations your child needs before they can attend child care or school.


Learn More

Hear from a parent

“I’m proud to be a Rhode Islander. We have one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. But we can still do more … Make sure your young children are safe and ready for kindergarten with all vaccines.”

- Mely Taveras, Providence

Wellness

Child Outreach Screening

This program evaluates children between ages 3 – 5. It ensures that any child with a disability or developmental delay will have appropriate intervention and resources before they enter Kindergarten.


Learn More
Wellness

No Cost Vaccinations

If your family doesn’t have health insurance, this walk-in clinic offers free vaccinations for Rhode Island children and adults. 


Learn More
Education

RI Reads

You can help your child develop strong language skills and start building their brains— even before they can speak! Get advice on how to talk, read and sing to your child every day.


Learn More
Family

Insurance

Find affordable, high-quality health coverage for your family at HealthSource RI, our state’s official place to purchase a plan. Compare options and check to see if you’re eligible for free or low-cost health coverage (Including Medicaid).


Learn More
Wellness

Medical Home Portal

A “one stop shop” for children with special health needs, the Medical Home Portal unites families and health care professionals in one place—making it easier to find, access and coordinate care.


Learn More
Family

Basic Needs

Food. Heat. An income. Those basic needs must be met for anyone to have a chance to care for their family or improve their situation. If you are struggling with these issues, there are programs that can help.


Learn More
Family

RI Paid Leave

When you need to take extended time off work to care for a newborn or ill child, Temporary Caregiver or Disability Insurance can help. Find out if you qualify.


Learn More