1. The child/family must reside within a town located
in Rhode Island.
2. The child must be age-eligible. For the Early Head
Start program, the woman must be pregnant or the child must
be between the ages of birth to three years old. For the Basic
Head Start program, the child must be between the ages of
three and five years old, but not eligible for Kindergarten
due to their age.
3. The family's income must be at or below the Federal
Poverty Guideline to be considered income-eligible for the
program. A foster child or any family that receives SSI benefits
or any amount of cash assistance from the TANF program is
automatically income-eligible. However, 10% of funded enrollment
slots may be made to families whose income is above the Federal
The definition for determining income-eligibility has recently
been updated by the Administration for Children and Families
(see ACF Update dated 7/29/99). Families that receive regular
"benefits and services, funded under the authority of
the TANF program" are considered income-eligible. In
Rhode Island, TANF monies are used (in part) to fund some
DCYF services, some child care subsidies and some job training
4. 10% of each program's funded enrollment opportunities
are made available for children with diagnosed special needs.
For individual questions regarding overall eligibility, please
contact your local Head Start program.