Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Issue Briefs
The Issue Brief series provides an in-depth analysis of current issues affecting Rhode Island children and families, incorporating the best available data, research, and best practices. Each Issue Brief includes specific recommendations for improvement.
For a chronological listing of our Issue Briefs, please visit our Publications Archive.
- Young Children in the Child Welfare System, December 2015
In Rhode Island and in the U.S., young children under age 6 are more likely to experience maltreatment (neglect or abuse) than older children. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships in the first years of life are fundamental for healthy brain development. Child maltreatment disrupts the development of the brain and biological systems, resulting in short-term harm and long-term negative outcomes.
Young Children in the Child Welfare System provides an overview of data on child maltreatment, how the child welfare system responds to abuse and neglect, the role of kinship and non-kinship foster homes, and includes recommendations for keeping children safe and meeting their developmental needs.
- Safety, Permanency and Well-Being for Children in the Care of DCYF, November 2011 - this report gives data and information on Rhode Island’s child welfare system, including the number of children in out-of-home placement, entering and exiting foster care and achieving permanency.
- Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island, September 2016 - The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to their success in school. Children begin learning at birth and brain development proceeds rapidly in early childhood. Disparities in learning based on access to enriched experiences and environments begin to appear in the first years of life and, without intervention, grow over time.
- Infants, Toddler, and their Families in Rhode Island, June 2015 - this report includes information and data on issues affecting Rhode Island infants, toddlers, and their families, including: economic security, parental education, family home visiting programs, quality early childhood education, healthy births, developmental screenings and other health issues, and paid family leave.
- Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities, November 2013 - this report outlines the benefits young children receive from early developmental screenings and high-quality intervention and education programs, and key issues related to young children with disabilities. The report also outlines Rhode Island’s developmental screening, referral, intervention, and education system for young children with developmental delays and disabilities.
- Improving Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs in Rhode Island, April 2013 - this report discusses access to and the quality of Rhode Island’s early learning programs, including Early Head Start and Head Start, child care subsidies, State Pre-K, early childhood special education, and full-day kindergarten.
- Child Poverty in Rhode Island, January 2015 - poverty is an issue affecting children and families in every city and town in Rhode Island. Children in poverty, especially those who experience poverty in early childhood and for extended periods, are more likely to have physical and behavioral health problems, experience difficulty in school, become teen parents, and earn less or be unemployed as adults. Children in poverty are less likely to be enrolled in preschool, more likely to attend schools that lack resources and rigor, and have fewer opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Statewide and community-specific child poverty rates are presented in the Issue Brief.
- Child Poverty in Rhode Island, November 2012
- Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island, March 2017 - This Issue Brief presents detailed graduation and dropout rates for every school and district in Rhode Island, research on early warning signs and risk factors of dropping out, as well as key strategies for increasing student engagement, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.
- Preventing Bullying in Rhode Island Schools, December 2016 - Bullying behavior is a social, educational, and health problem that affects many children and adolescents in Rhode Island and in the U.S. Youth involved in bullying can experience higher rates of mental health problems, aggression, suicide, drug use, school absence, physical health problems, and cognitive functioning during childhood and adolescence as well as into adulthood. National, statewide, and community-specific information is presented, along with recommendations to prevent bullying in Rhode Island schools.
- Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, May 2014 - this report discusses the lifelong importance of reading proficiently by the end of third grade, access to high-quality educational opportunities, and gives recommendations to develop strong readers across the state.
- Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island, November 2013 - this report presents new data on graduation rates in Rhode Island and individual school districts, and provides recommendations for improvement.
- Improving College Access and Completion in Rhode Island, June 2013
- Child and Adolescent Obesity in Rhode Island, November 2014 - the consequences arising from childhood obesity are serious, complex, and can be long lasting. Obesity is associated with many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, asthma, other acute and chronic health problems; and an increased susceptibility for social and psychological problems. In this Issue Brief, new district-level information is presented on positive health habits of Rhode Island students; and new city/town-level information presented on environmental and social measures relating to obesity.
- Disparities in Children's Health, February 2012 - this report provides information on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health in Rhode Island, including perinatal health, infant health, asthma and obesity
- Access to Oral Health Care for Children in Rhode Island, September 2011- this report outlines oral health and the importance of dental care for children in Rhode Island. It includes an overview of dental coverage for children with Medicaid/RIte Smiles, a description of dental services available and recommendations for increasing access.
- Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island, June 2014 - this report provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in Rhode Island, juvenile justice trends over the past decade, and provides an in-depth look at youth currently involved in the system. The Issue Brief also provides an overview of best practices for improving youth outcomes and community safety.
- Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island, July 2009
Racial and Ethnic Disparities
For older publications, please visit our Publications Archive