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New Early Learning Fact Sheet: Focus on Reducing Chronic Early Absence

During the early elementary school years, children develop important academic and social-emotional skills and approaches to learning that are critical for school success. Students who are chronically absent from school during these early years miss opportunities to learn and develop positive relationships within the school community and are at risk of dropping out of high school. Please see our Fact Sheet: Focus on Reducing Chronic Early Absence for more!


New Census Data Shows: Rhode Island Ranked 3rd in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage; Child Poverty Continues to Decline

  • In 2017, 97.9% of Rhode Island children had health insurance. Rhode Island ranks 3rd among states for children's health coverage. 
  • In 2017, 16.6% of Rhode Island’s children lived in poverty in 2017, compared to 21.5% in 2013. 
  • For more information, please see the media release.


Legislative Wrap-Up Now Available

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to share our 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up! This highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, child care and early childhood education, K-12 education, college access, health, and safety that were considered during the 2018 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly. We hope this is a helpful resource as you gear up for the next Legislative Session.

JULY 2018

Policy Brief: Focus on Integrated Early Care and Education Data

Focus on Integrated Early Care and Education Data provides an overview of a demonstration project conducted by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT that sought to create an integrated data set from early care and education programs and to use this data set to better understand a population of children with high needs (young children who were maltreated in 2015) and their participation in high-quality early learning programs.

JUNE 2018

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state report on child well-being, issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that Rhode Island ranks 19th in the nation for overall child well-being. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains — health, education, economic well-being and family and community —which represent what children need most to thrive. The report examines trends over a five-year period, as well as annual changes. For more information, please see the media release, view the KIDS COUNT Data Book page, the Rhode Island State Profile, or visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

New Issue Brief - Working Parents, Child Care, and Paid Family Leave

Working Parents, Child Care, and Paid Family Leave in Rhode Island includes data and research on low-income working families as well as provide a deeper analysis of three key policies – child care assistance, paid family leave, and earned sick leave – that promote family economic security and children’s development and school readiness. The Issue Brief also includes recommendations on how to improve these policies to best support low-income working parents and their young children in Rhode Island. For more, please see the media releaserelease event Twitter activity, release event pictures, and Providence Journal coverage.

The Factbook

The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook tracks the progress of 71 Indicators, across five areas of child well-being. View the 2018 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook.

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


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