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Help For New Parents
Support for Moms | Support for Dads

Support For Moms

Bellani Maternity
1276 Bald Hill Road, Warwick.

Child & Family
31 John Clarke Road, Middletown.
Offers an array of support programs and services for Mothers through our Family Care Coordinating Partnership (FCCP) and Community Outreach programs.

Families First RI Moms Helping Moms
Together, we address the challenges of postpartum adjustment and the risks of maternal depression and isolation. We match trained and experienced volunteer mothers with moms who may need extra support as they adjust to parenting. Our mentors provide non-judgmental support and guidance, and they visit their moms weekly for a period of up to one year. We also host monthly social and educational gatherings for the families of our participating moms, and we help to connect these families to resources in their own communities. Contact Sally Stevenson at number above number, or email: for more information.

First Connections
Trained nurses, social workers, and community health workers provide free, voluntary, confidential home visits statewide to families with young children, birth to age three. Anyone can request a home visit or refer a family to First Connections. For more information or to apply, call the HEALTH Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711 or visit

Lifespan Health Connection
Parenting Matters - annual conference in the Spring - call for info. on workshops being offered this year.

Moms Clubs
Support group for moms who stay at home part time or full time with their children. Activities for children, moms, and families as well as organized playgroups.

Montessori Mommies
Angel Care Montessori
150 Waterman Street, Providence.
This class (with or without your little one) will demystify Montessori, learn about the absorbent mind and sensory education, and bring Montessori principles into home practice in beautiful & loving ways.

Mother’s of Twins Club (Blackstone Valley)
New members, especially expectant mothers of multiples are welcome. Email to receive monthly newsletter.

Mother’s of Twins Club
Edgewood Cong. Church, 1788 Broad Street, Warwick.
Second Wednesday of every month. Contact Kris. Call ahead.

New Moms' Club
South County Hospital, 100 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield.
The Medical & Wellness Center, 3416 South County Trail, East Greenwich.
Gather with other new mothers and an experienced OB nurse to share insights and discover more about your newborn in a casual and social group setting. Go to the calendar at for full listings.

RI New Mom’s Connection
Also prenatal group.

Shalom Baby
421-4111 x169
Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. Is there a new baby in the nearby Jewish community? Shalom Baby can help introduce & connect new parents to the many programs available for families in the local Jewish community and provide helpful information about parenting, Jewish education, holidays, resources, and more. We also offer playgroups for young children and family programming. Contact Wendy Joering at x169 or

Women & Infants
276-7800, ext 100
Free weekly e-newsletter for new and expectant parents. Call to be enrolled, or enroll online.
Cry, Colic and Sleep Clinic
273-1122, x8935
One-of-a-kind clinical services for infants with crying, colic, sleep and behavior concerns.
Healthline for New Moms
New Mothers Group
276-7800, x100
Free support group held every Wednesday morning, 10 am at WIH’s Health Education Department,
134 Thurbers Avenue, Suite 201, Providence.

Support For Dads

Child & Family
31 John Clarke Road, Middletown.
Child & Family offers an array of support programs and services for Fathers.

Children's Friend
153 Summer Street, Providence.
English/ Spanish support groups for fathers.

Comprehensive Community Action
Numerous programs and services to support fathers and families.

Gay Fathers of RI
Support group for men who are gay or bisexual and either still married or in the process of separation or divorce.

Offers various fathering workshops, plus "dad & me" play groups. See “Child Growth & Development”.

Woonsocket Head Start
Program aims at helping men become significant role models in the lives of their children, siblings, or other children in their lives.

Child Care

Finding it, paying for it, training and more ...

Child Care Subsidy Programs | Learn to be a (Great!) Babysitter

Child Care
655 Main Street, Suite 201, East Greenwich.
Program aims at helping men become significant role models in the lives of their children, siblings, or other children in their lives.

Child Care Subsidy Programs


NACCRRA Military Fee Assistance Program: NACCRRA is the National Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies. NACCRRA is working with the U.S. Military Services to help families offset the cost of child care in their communities. Please contact one of the referral specialist at BrightStars at 1-855-398-7605. Also please refer to NACCRRA at to sign up for the subsidy program through NACCRRA.

4-H is the largest out of school youth program in the U.S., with over 7 million members and 500,000 teen and adult volunteers. The National 4-H Headquarters has worked in partnership with U.S. Army Child and Youth Services (CYS), Air Force Family Member Programs (FMP) and Navy to extend 4-H to U.S. military families worldwide.

The Department of Human Services provides child care subsidy programs for low income families as well as military families. Please contact us at 401-462-5300 to see if your family is eligible.

Diocese of Providence
The Diocese of Providence also provides a child care subsidy program, the Cabrini Fund Scholarship. Please contact the Diocese of Providence at 401-421-7833 to see if your family is eligible.

Ask your childcare provider if they have any special offers, provide a sliding scale program or have scholarships available.

Child Care Support Network
Team of professionals who work with child care providers to improve the quality of care for children. This is a free program open to all licensed center-based and home-based child care providers. Services include early childhood mental health consultation and health consultation. For more information or to apply, call the HEALTH Information Line at 401-222-5960 / RI Relay 711 or visit

Children’s Friend
RI’s child development & education training system. Provides training/ consultation to early care, school age child care, & education providers statewide through workshops (that fulfill state professional development requirements), conferences, a professional library containing over 3,700 books, videos, prop boxes, educational toys, & program resources. Also a traveling satellite lending library. Also sponsor the Child & Adult Care Food Program for licensed family child care providers.

DCYF Daycare Licensing
Licensing family home daycares and daycare centers, and info. on finding qualified care near you.

Learn to be a (Great!) Babysitter

The American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Course
831-7700 or 1-800-842-1122
For children 11-15 years old.

Lifespan Health Connection
431-5410, x0
Sponsored by Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Safe Sitter advocates for safe childcare, good parenting skills and responsible adolescents.

Women & Infants Babysitting Camp
276-7800, x100
Youngsters 11+ receive training in child development, age-appropriate games, discipline techniques, safety issues and CPR training.

Child Growth and Development

Brown Center for Children
50 Holden Street, 1st Floor, Providence.
Brown Center for Children provides clinical services, research and training in the psychological and social aspects of pediatrics, including the behavioral and emotional needs of infants and their families. The Infant Behavior, Crying and Sleep Clinic (IBCSC) specializes in infants with colic, sleep problems or other behavioral difficulties.

Early Intervention
Early Intervention is a family-focused program that promotes the growth & development of infants and toddlers with developmental challenges. Early Intervention provides evaluation and services for children birth to age 3. EI services are usually provided within the home environment or other community-based or “natural” setting. Anyone can refer a child for evaluation by calling any of the eleven EI programs in RI. For more information, contact the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) at 401-270-0101

Highlander Dunn Institute
2 Regency Plaza, Providence.
The Dunn Institute supports students through after-school/summer programming, increases community awareness about learning differences, serves as a regional resource for information and programs, disseminates proven teaching practices and assists schools in creating effective models for teaching students with learning differences.

Looking Upwards’ Early Intervention Services
2974 East Main Road, Portsmouth.
For families concerned about their child’s development, Looking Upwards’ Early Intervention services offers evaluations, therapeutic services and support. Our caring clinical team creates a partnership with families. We bring together expertise from diverse disciplines to provide guidance and assist with laying the foundation for a child’s lifetime of growth. Services are for children from birth to 3 years of age. Looking Upwards has 30 years of experience in supporting people of all abilities to live to their fullest potential. For an evaluation, or more information, contact Caroline Souza at 293-5790 ext 310.

James L. Maher Center
120 Hillside Avenue, Newport.
Contact: Deborah Shears, Director of Early Intervention
Our program promotes the growth and development of children from birth to three years old who may have developmental delay, while providing support to their families.
Services include: Development of an individual family plan, including family support and mentoring, based on our comprehensive evaluations; Appropriate treatment such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior management, etc; Coordination with other programs, WIC, early care providers, etc.; Transition plan at age 3 if continued services and assistance are needed; Free Development Learning Kits for children who are eligible; Access to programs including Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapies.

Meeting Street Early Intervention
1000 Eddy Street, Providence 02905.
Provides comprehensive, compassionate care to children and families in their homes, in the community and at Meeting Street’s state-of-the-art campus. Any child birth to age three whose healthy development is at risk is eligible for EI. Meeting Street creates individual treatment plans and services that meet the specific needs of each child & family without any out-of-pocket cost to families.

Parents As Teachers
1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
Provides practical and effective help for families with children from birth to three years of age. Through monthly home visits by certified parent educators trained in child development, parents are provided with: information on what to look for and expect as the child grows and develops, group meetings with other parents to gain new insights, share experiences and discuss topics of interest, periodic review of the child’s development through standardized screenings, playgroups, story hours, and special events.

Kids Getting Older


Support for teens who have friends or family with problems with drugs or alcohol.

Boys & Girls Clubs of RI
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship on the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Boys & Girls Clubs offer an alternative. Programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- and have fun.

Cumberland/Lincoln: 333-4850
E. Providence: 434-6776,
Newport: 847-6927,
Pawtucket: 722-8840,
Providence: 444-0750,
Warwick: 467-4385,
Woonsocket: 766-9242 ,

Boys Town National Hotline
A 24-hour crisis hotline for parents, boys and girls in need. Children and parents can call with such problems as physical or sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, suicide, homelessness or helplessness. Services include Spanish language assistance and a TTY line (800.448.1833) for speech-impaired, deaf or hard-of-hearing callers.

166 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket.
Serves adolescent substance abusers and their families.

Child & Family
31 John Clarke Road, Middletown.
Ophelia Programs and Iron John events. Support, counseling, mentoring for teenage boys and girls.

Jewish Family Service
959 North Main Street, Providence
Offer counseling services for children and adolescents.

Phoenix Houses of New England
99 Wayland Avenue, Providence.
Treatment & prevention of substance abuse.