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What's New


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. 


Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon

Please Save the Date for our Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon! The event will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Communications Manager Katherine Chu.

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 stands with the American Academy of Pediatrics, The National Immigration Law Center, The Center for Law and Social Policy, and many other national and local advocates in opposition to the new “public charge” regulation that will prevent millions of families from accessing health care, nutrition assistance, and housing. This new rule places those who have applied for entry/a green card at risk if they access certain public benefits.

JULY 2019

Legislative Wrap-Up

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to share our 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up! This highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, early learning and development, education, health, and safety that were considered during the 2019 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly. We hope this is a helpful resource as you continue your work on behalf of Rhode Island's children and families.

Children's Health Roundtable

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was pleased to join with PCMH Kids and EOHHS for a children's health roundtable discussion with Secretary Womazetta Jones. Please see our Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant's data presentation on Rhode Island children, and pictures from the discussion.

JUNE 2019

New Child Welfare Fact Sheets

30th Annual Report Ranks Rhode Island 19th in Nation for Child Well-Being

The 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state report on child well-being, issued today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that Rhode Island ranks 19th in the nation for overall child well-being and last in New England. Please see our media release and the full report!

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


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