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Job Posting: Policy Analyst, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT thanks Kara Foley for 3 years of service as Policy Analyst for child welfare and juvenile justice issues! Kara will be leaving to assume a new position at the Office of the Child Advocate. 
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will be hiring a Policy Analyst in the areas of child welfare and juvenile justice. To apply: Please see the job posting here. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2019.

Improving the Compensation of Effective Infant/Toddler Educators in Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children announce the release of  a new report, Improving the Compensation of Effective Infant/Toddler Educators in Rhode Island, developed by a state task force that reviewed current data, researched national best practices, and developed a set of recommended strategies to improve the compensation of infant/toddler educators who work in child care, family home visiting, and Early Intervention programs.  


Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon

Our annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon was held on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m at The Providence Marriott (One Orms Street). For more information, please see the data presentation, media release, and event pictures.


"SUPERS Read” Statewide Reading Event

Late October through mid-November, Rhode Island Superintendents and other guest readers read to infants and toddlers enrolled in local child care and Early Head Start programs. The Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT organized "SUPERS Read" to highlight the importance of reading to children to promote school readiness. Please click here to see pictures!


New Fact Sheet - Census 2020: Spotlight on the Undercount of Children in Immigrant Families

Certain populations have historically been undercounted in the decennial Census, including young children under age five, people of color, immigrants, low-income populations, people experiencing homelessness, people living in non-traditional households, people with disabilities, and people who distrust the government. With targeted, specific outreach and engagement, it is possible to get a complete and accurate count of these populations in Census 2020. Please see our new Fact Sheet: Spotlight on the Undercount of Children in Immigrant Families.

New Student-Centered Learning Reports!

Equitable Access to College and Career Readiness Opportunities and Advisory Systems and Individual Learning Plans examine policies and practices that support equitable access to college and career readiness opportunities and how Rhode Island can ensure that these opportunities are available for all students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and students in high-need communities. 


New Early Learning Fact Sheets

Each Early Learning Fact Sheet focuses on a specific area within the early learning continuum, and provides the latest available data, key facts, and recommendations for each topic. Please click below to learn more about:

New Census Data Shows: Child Poverty and Extreme Poverty Increases; Rhode Island Ranked 3rd in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides national and state-level data on health insurance coverage, poverty, and income.

  • In 2018, 18.0% – an estimated 36,135 – of Rhode Island’s children lived in poverty. 
  • 8.2% – an estimated 16,505 – of Rhode Island’s children lived in extreme poverty in 2018. 
  • 8.2% – an estimated 16,505 – of Rhode Island’s children lived in extreme poverty in 2018.

Children Living in High Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods - a new national KIDS COUNT® data snapshot

Rhode Island has large racial disparities in concentrated child poverty, according to new data snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Rhode Island is one of 11 states to have no change in its concentrated child poverty rate and has wide disparities in concentrated child poverty by race and ethnicity. Please see our media release, the full data snapshot, NBC 10 News coverage, and Providence Business News coverage for more information.

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


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