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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


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!

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


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