Community Services


The Town of Middletown is lucky to have a number of dedicated community partners whose mission is to support residents and work to improve the experiences of those who live, work and play here. Below is a listing of services available to those looking for help. Simply click on the underlined link to be directed to their website and contact information. If you run a program you believe should be listed here, reach out via email to Healthy Communities Coordinator Lori Turner at

Civic Appropriation Applications: Visit Civic Support to find information and an application for Civic Support from the Town of Middletown. Make sure all applications are filed no later than March 1, 2023.

Adult Learning

Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center is a full-service adult learning center providing adult education, vocational and job readiness programs to Newport County youth and adults. 

EBCAP Education and Career Pathways helps people meet their educational goals, job readiness skills, and improved career opportunities. It offers instruction that works with your schedule; encourages active involvement; and provides a community of support.

Animals & Pets

Potter League For Animals is dedicated to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Rhode Island’s companion animals. 

Child Care





Center Hours

Age Group



Bethany Harvey





Bright Ideas

CiCi Miller Dunn






Children’s Montessori 

Jennifer Conheeny





Coggeshall Club +Haven Middletown







Countryside Children’s Center 

Karen Davis 





East Bay Community Action Program

Heidi Nordmann

401 468-0436


Early Head Start, Head Start, Preschool

Newport and Middletown Locations

Island Child Care

Julia Nasser






Nicole Elliott





MLK Center Lighthouse Preschool

Tanya Gonzalez

401-846-4828 x117




Paper Crown Preschool

Julia Smith





Salt Air ELC

Jen Gentile 





Sandpipers ELC

Cali Boimila





Silveira School

Theresa Spengler





Twice as Nice Preschool

Andrea Florendo





Developmental Disabilities/Special Needs

Looking Upwards offers a wide array of services to adults with developmental disabilities and children and youth with special healthcare needs.

The James L. Maher Center fosters independence and opportunity, promotes dignity, and advances integration in housing, employment and social engagement for people with developmental and other disabilities.

The Office of Rehabilitation Services, through the state's Department of Human Services, assists individuals with disabilities to choose, prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain competitive integrated employment.

Elderly Affairs

Middletown Senior Center is a great place for older adults to enjoy learning new skills, exercise, and socialize over meals and special events. The Senior Center is committed to enriching the lives of older adults by empowering self-confidence and encouraging independence.

Blenheim Newport provides assisted living, respite care, and memory care.  

The Grand Islander provides Alzheimer's/dementia care, Long-Term, Palliative, Restorative and Pain Management Care; and intensive nursing and rehabilitative care for patients recovering from surgery or illness.

John Clarke Senior Living is a short-term rehab and retirement center on Aquidneck Island with Baptist roots.

The Royal Health Center At Forest Farm has short-term rehabilitation and long-term care options to provide specialized, personalized care. It is a 50-bed facility and offers a limited number of private rooms.

Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice is a not-for-profit, independent home healthcare and hospice agency, providing optimal health and quality of life for individuals and families.

PACE gives older adults the supportive care they need to remain independent at home.

RI Elder Info's mission is to empower people throughout the aging journey by providing easy one-stop access to comprehensive information and resources.

Rhode Island's Office of Healthy Aging connects residents with information and resources that helps them age strong.


Aquidneck Land Trust's mission is to preserve and steward Aquidneck Island’s open spaces for the lasting benefit of the community, while connecting people with the land that defines the Island’s natural character.

Clean Ocean Access is working to create a clean, healthy ocean accessible to all through programs, education, and cleanups.

Middletown Parks & Recreation oversees a number of beautiful, world class facilities across the community, led by Second and Third beaches.

Norman Bird Sanctuary is a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center with more than 300 acres of diverse habitats and seven miles of hiking trails.

The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District works to promote long-lasting and environmentally-friendly practices that protect natural resources such as soil, water, and air. One of their programs is the Portsmouth AgInnovation Farm, which is a student-driven community farm education initiative, serving both Portsmouth Middle School and Joseph H. Gaudet Middle School. 

Family and Health

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Rhode Island is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people by providing children in our communities with professionally trained and supported adult mentors.

Child & Family is the largest social service provider in Newport County offering services for children, families and older adults.

East Bay Community Action Program's mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health and human services to assist people to achieve their fullest potential.

Newport County YMCA has a variety of health and wellness programs for people of all ages and abilities.

Rhode Island Department of Human Services is the state agency that oversees childcare subsidies, Medicaid/Medicare programs, RI Works, State Supplemental Income, Energy and water, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Women's Resource Center works with the community to end domestic violence. The center provides counseling and legal support to clients and has emergency shelter and temporary housing to domestic violence victims.

Conexion Latina Newport supports the needs of the Hispanic/Latino community by creating connections and partnerships with resources and advocacy, and creating pathways to increase access and representation.


Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides additional funds to help with monthly grocery bills. Sign up directly through the Department of Human Services or get assistance signing up by contacting East Bay Community Action Program.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Hunger Services provides free onsite hot breakfast Monday-Friday, onsite food pantry and mobile food pantry options as well as a Foods 2 Friends monthly grocery delivery program for those unable to leave their homes.

Aquidneck Community Table works in many ways to build a vibrant food system on Aquidneck Island through distribution of fresh foods of at local farmers markets, education in school and community gardens, programs that inspire young people to love nutritious foods.

Heating Assistance

East Bay Community Action’s Low Income Home Assistance Program provides direct payments to help with home heating costs. 

Housing & Rent

Newport Housing Hotline offers front line assistance to those living in Newport County and looking to stay in their homes along with finding affordable housing and providing services to unhoused individuals.

Coordinated Entry System is the statewide placement center for individuals experiencing homelessness. Sign up through CES to receive placements in shelter. Local shelters include the McKinney Cooperative Shelter and Lucy’s Hearth.  

Church Community Housing Corporation provides first-time homebuyers support, rental and home repairs for income eligible residents. 


Lifespan Urgent Care located on West Main Road is open 7 days a week.  

Newport Hospital is a state of the art healthcare facility offering a wide array of services.

Mental Health & Substance Use

CODAC Behavioral Health offers treatment, recovery and prevention services to individuals and families.

Hope Recovery Community Centers provides individual peer recovery services by phone and in person at the center or in the community to support steps towards recovery and wellness.

Newport Mental Health delivers trauma informed evidence-based services to children, adolescents, families, and adults who are experiencing problems with mental illness, substance abuse or stress in their lives that would benefit from counseling and other behavioral health services and supports.

Trinity Village's wholistic health model helps individuals and families on the road to recovery from substance use disorders.


Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides public transportation routes around the state. Riders must pay with exact change or a Wave card, which may be purchased on the Wave mobile app or at a local retailer, such as 7 Eleven or Shaw's. Local routes include the 60 (Providence/Newport) and the 63 (Broadway/Middletown Shops).

Bike Newport's mission is to create the conditions that lead to more people biking more often, and to ensure that bicycling is a viable, safe, and comfortable primary choice for transportation and recreation. 


Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4487, Gilbert Burton works to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of oversees conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

Youth Enrichment Opportunities

Beyond the Bell provides academic tutoring to students referred by teachers for extra support.

Boys and Girls Club of Newport County offers afterschool daycare and a teen drop-in center serving students in Middletown and Newport.

FabNewport’s youth development programs empower students through making, learning, and doing.

Newport County YMCA offers a wide variety of programs for people of all ages, ability and interests including before and afterschool care, summer camps, and swimming.

EBCAP’s Child Opportunity Zone (COZ) provides afterschool enrichment programs at Aquidneck Elementary, Forest Avenue Elementary, and Gaudet Middle School.

Middletown Prevention Coalition works to prevent underage drinking and substance use. The Islanders Committed groups at the middle and high schools provide fun opportunities for students to build healthy friendships.

For local sports/recreation opportunities click here.

Organizations Supporting Students

Middletown Athletic Boosters Club

Middletown Education Collaborative

Middletown Music Boosters