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What's New

MAY 2019

New Policy Brief on Access to School Breakfast

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest publication, Access to School Breakfast: A Key Strategy for Improving Children’s Health, Education, and Well-Being at a policy roundtable on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Hunger and lack of regular access to food are linked to serious physical, psychological, emotional, and academic problems in children and can interfere with their growth and development. School Breakfast is an effective way to fill these nutritional gaps. Implementing key strategies such as the Community Eligibility Program, Universal School Breakfast, and “Breakfast After the Bell” can increase participation. Please see the media releasePolicy Brief, Twitter activity, Health Check news segment, Providence Business News coverage, and Coffee Break with Frank Coletta.

Job Announcement (Policy Analyst – Health) - Deadline Extended to May 31

The Policy Analyst will manage the organization’s health initiatives with a focus on equity and addressing racial, ethnic, and income disparities. We are seeking an individual with strong policy analysis, data, research, writing, project management, and communications skills for a Policy Analyst position. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, meet deadlines, and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Experience in health policy, public health, child and family policy, or a related field required and master’s degree preferred. To apply: Please see the job posting here. The deadline for applications has been extended to May 31, 2019. 


The Annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child Development 

The annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child Development, co-sponsored by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Brown University, took place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m at Brown University - MacMillan 117 (167 Thayer Street). This year's speaker was Dr. Ken Dodge of Duke University, and the topic was Birth-to-Five Public Policy to Nurture Child Development. The Discussants were Courtney Hawkins, Director, Rhode Island Department of Human Services; and Danita Roberts, Program Manager/Supervisor Healthy Families America, Meeting Street. Please see event pictures!


Strolling Thunder Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, organized a major advocacy event to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House. Strolling Thunder Rhode Island took place on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Strolling Thunder™ is the flagship advocacy event of the Think Babies™ campaign, part of a national campaign designed to bring attention to the many issues that affect what babies and families need to thrive. Please see the media advisory, event pictures, Capitol TV segment, and Twitter activity for more information!

APRIL 2019

The 25th Annual Factbook Breakfast

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT celebrated its 25th Anniversary of child advocacy at the 2019 Factbook Breakfast on Monday, April 8, 2019. Please see the 2019 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, media release, executive summary, Twitter activity, event pictures, and media coverage.

MARCH 2019

Childhood Overweight and Obesity: New Data for Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Health Data and Analysis, the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, the State Innovation Model, and three health insurance plans – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, UnitedHealthcare, and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island collaborated on a project to collect the most accurate childhood overweight and obesity data at the state and city/town level that could also be analyzed by race/ethnicity, age, gender, and insurance status. This is the first clinical/claims-based statewide data set of childhood overweight and obesity in Rhode Island. For more information, please see the Policy Brief, media release, event pictures, and Providence Business News coverage.


Analysis of the Governor's Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

The Governor's Proposed FY 2020 Budget includes many items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has prepared the following Analysis of the Governor's Proposed FY 2020 Budget.


Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System in Rhode Island

Experiences during the first three years of a child's life are critical to healthy brain development and positive relationships with parents and caregivers and lay the foundation for social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development. Nationally and in Rhode Island, very young children are more likely to experience abuse and neglect than older children. In Rhode Island in 2018, nearly one in four victims of child abuse and neglect were infants and toddlers under age three (856 out of 3,505 victims). For more information, including key recommendations to support infants and toddlers involved in the child welfare system, please see the Issue Brief, media release, presentationevent pictures, and coverage in The Providence Journal and ConvergenceRI.


(First ever!) Celebrating Young Children Luncheon

At our Celebrating Young Children Luncheon on January 28 at the Providence Marriott, we celebrated progress, discussed goals for the future, and recognized the commitment of leaders to providing a strong start for young children birth through age 8 and their families. At the Luncheon, we released our 2019 Policy Priorities for Young Children. Please see event pictures, the event presentation, and Providence Journal coverage!

In The News

KIDS COUNT: R.I. needs to boost student access to school breakfast

Health Check: RI Kids Count working for healthy breakfast for students

Midwesterner Womazetta Jones nominated to R.I.’s top health and human services post

Warwick not alone in tackling student lunch debt

In Profile - The Advocate │ Elizabeth Burke Bryant

Miriam Hospital gets $2.4-million grant for childhood obesity program

Strolling Thunder Makes Noise for High Quality Child Care

Fitness at forefront in face of obesity rates

Pregnancy more perilous for black women in R.I.

Childhood obesity rates are lower in local towns

Miriam awarded grant for new weight-improvement program

Best way to break cycle of poverty

What RI’s New Education Commissioner Infante-Green Needs to Do to Turn RI’s Schools Around

Education Experts Weigh In On Push To Expand State Pre-K

Elizabeth Burke Bryant - 2019 Rhode Island Kids Count report

R.I. KIDS COUNT: Child poverty on decline, as other challenges rise

A song of facts in the key of life

Kids Count celebrates 25 years, eyes challenges

Report: One-third of R.I. youth are overweight, obese

Children’s advocacy organization releases annual report

Report: RI kids are showing obesity as early as age 2

Report: One-third of R.I. children overweight or obese

Senate committee to weigh implementation of universal pre-K in Rhode Island

Young Voices RI produces report addressing racial disparities in Providence Public Schools

Report: Infants, toddlers at higher risk of abuse

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


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