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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!

MAY 2019

Focus on Pre-K for Four-Year-Olds

High-quality preschool programs help children gain important early social-emotional, cognitive, and literacy skills so they are better prepared to succeed in school and life. Children have access to high-quality, publicly funded preschool through Head Start and State Pre-K programs. Some children also enroll in preschool classrooms with subsidies provided through the Rhode Island Child Care Assistance Program. For more, please see our new Early Learning Fact Sheet: Focus on Pre-K for Four-Year-Olds.

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.

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.

In The News

“We Are the Future”: A Conversation about Student Voice in Policymaking

Public Education Funding 101: KIDS COUNT on Workshop for Parents

Governor Raimondo signs executive order creating Juvenile and Criminal Justice Working Groups

Five key facts to know about R.I. kids

Over 150 Rights Organizations Oppose Anti-Asylum Bill

A climate of suffering

Report: R.I. ranks No. 19 in nation for child well-being

Health Check Kids: Summer meals program about to launch

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


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


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