​​Joyful Hearts
​Childcare Center


​​​​​Resources for families
Cabrini Fund Childcare Scholarship​
​​Childcare Assistance Program                          (CCAP) information
Quality Child Care for Low Income Families
The Cabrini Fund provides scholarships to help working families with the cost of licensed child care

The Cabrini Fund (Catholic Charities funded Child Care Scholarships) was implemented to continue the commitment of the Diocese of Providence to affordable, quality child care for low and modest income families. 

Cabrini Scholarships pay part of the cost (up to $100/month) of licensed child care for working families with children twelve years of age or younger.  Payments are made directly to the child care provider
The CCAP program can subsidize the cost of child care for families that are residents of Rhode Island. CCAP is available for children who are US citizens or legal residents and under age 13. The age can be extended to 18 if the child has special needs.

Child Care Assistance is available to:
Low income families who meet income guidelines and are working a minimum of 20 hours per week at or above Rhode Island's minimum wage.
Families participating in the RI Works program.
Pregnant/Parenting Teens participating in DHS’ Youth Success program.
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Early Intervention (EI)
​​​Child Outreach Screening
Early Intervention (EI) is a program designed to address the needs of children (ages birth to 3) experiencing delays in one or more areas of their development.

EI services work so all children have positive social relationships, acquire and use knowledge and skills, and take appropriate action to meet their needs.
And so all families:
understand their children's strengths, abilities and special needs; know their rights and effectively communicate their child's needs; help their children develop and learn;
feel they have appropriate social support; are able to access services and activities available to all families in their community.
.Child Outreach Screening is a FREE service offered to ALL children 3 to 5 years old by your local school district in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Child Outreach provides information about your child’s development and resources that are available within your community.

Child Outreach can help identify children who may need further assessment, intervention and/ or services at an early age to promote positive outcomes in kindergarten and beyond
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​WIC benefits are available to women who are pregnant, just had a baby, and to children under the age of five whose household meets income guidelines. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive benefits that will prepare you and your child for a healthy outcome. Women who apply early in their pregnancy are more likely to have a healthy baby. Children who stay on WIC until the age of five, are better prepared and more likely to succeed in school

​​​Food Pantry

Our Food Pantry serves over 70 families a week, providing healthy food items to our neighbors in need in Pawtucket and Central Falls.  Visitors select the items that they want and are treated with dignity and Christian love.  First time visitors are asked to register with our Food Pantry, and bring an ID and proof of local residence.  Our Food Pantry hours are Thursdays 9am-12pm (excluding the first Thursday of the month and summer months).  First Baptist’s building is also home to Joyful Hearts Child Care Center and Iglesia Bautista Emmanuel with services in Spanish.  In addition, our facility is used for Narcotics Anonymous / Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and private events
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​We use the Creative Curriculum Devlopmental Continuum for our parent teacher conferences. Here is the link if you would like more details.


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