Kickoff of the Rhode Island Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The United Way, in partnership with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, launched the Rhode Island Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at a policy roundtable held at the United Way of Rhode Island on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. This Campaign brings together business, government, labor, and non-profit leaders to work to improve third-grade reading proficiency. This milestone is of vital importance to children’s success and to the success of our state because children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers. For more, please see the media release, event pictures, and Providence Journal coverage.
15th Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
More than 175 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for the fifteenth annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon on November 16 to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. This event also celebrated the progress that has been made in covering kids in Rhode Island, as well as the strength and quality of RIte Care, Rhode Island’s health insurance program for children and families with low and moderate incomes. For more, please see our data presentation, media release, event pictures, and Providence Journal coverage.
New Early Learning Fact Sheet on Family Home Visiting!
Healthy brain development depends on attentive, nurturing caregiving in infancy and early childhood. Research shows that there is a negative impact on brain development when young children do not have consistent, supportive relationships with caregivers and are exposed to “toxic stress.” Providing early and intensive support to families with multiple risk factors improves child development outcomes. Our latest Early Learning Fact Sheet: Focus on Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting includes data and information on infants born with key risk factors, and provides a comprehensive overview of Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting Programs in Rhode Island.