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A Message to Our Partners

Communities, families, parents, and students -- We see you! We see the weight that #Covid19 has placed on your shoulders. We ourselves are parents, children of older adults, and neighbors -- as well as Rhode Islanders. We are with you in this. And while we can’t make it go away, we want you to know that you’re not alone.


In light of the pandemic, many priorities and tasks have been shifted -- and necessarily so. Social distancing requires a level of flexibility and patience that can feel downright uncomfortable.


But it’s in our name -- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Kids count. Families count. Their communities count. Please rest assured that we are committed to the work ahead. Public health and safety is our first priority right now, and advocating for Rhode Island children and families is a core piece of this priority. All staff are available via email and we are very active on social media.


Let's Get Social While Social Distancing

“We know how perceptive children are and how naturally curious they are. Kids really feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe...What we're trying to do is share either educational or fun activities for families and kids to do to keep them occupied - and also we care about parents and families, too. We know that everybody's routine is disrupted," -- this excerpt from our chat with Barbara Morse summarizes our efforts on Facebook and Twitter! Please join the conversation on these platforms while we navigate COVID-19.

UPDATE: Factbook Breakfast Canceled - Prioritizing Public Health 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and with safety in mind, we will not be holding the Factbook Breakfast on April 6. We are still diligently working on the 2020 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook and plan to release the publication the week of April 6. If you have purchased a ticket, we will refund you. Thank you for your understanding and be well!

MARCH 2020

March 5 - Lecture in Child Behavior and Development

Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology at Harvard University delivered the annual Lewis P. and Edna Duchin Lipsitt Lecture in Child Behavior and Development, “What Infants Know: Harnessing Basic Science to Support Children’s Learning.” Discussants were Khadija Lewis Khan (Beautiful Beginnings Child Care Center) and Lisa Nugent, (Rhode Island Department of Education). The Lecture was held on Thursday, March 5, at 4:00 pm in the Salomon Center for Teaching on Brown University's Campus.


Analysis of the Governor's Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

On January 16, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo released her Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared the following Analysis of the Governor's Proposed FY 2021 Budget. The Governor's proposed budget includes many items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will be tracking bills and budget items that relate to children and youth throughout the 2020 legislative session. Here on our website, you can access information on important legislation and upcoming hearings and read our public testimony on behalf of Rhode Island's children, youth, and families.


RIght from the Start Campaign Kickoff - February 27

ALL Rhode Island kids deserve to get off to the right start in life. A start where young mothers have healthy births, where new parents have the precious time needed to bond with their babies, and affordable, high quality child care, Pre-K, and early learning options are available across our state. On February 27, advocates, families, and policy leaders launched RIght from the Start campaign to ensure that ALL Rhode Island kids get off to the right start they deserve! For more, please see the RIght from the Start policy agenda, Uprise RI coverage, Channel 10 coverage, Channel 12 coveragemedia release, and event photos.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.


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