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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!

We collected the stories and experiences of Strolling Thunder Rhode Island participants, to capture why we need to invest in the early years - and how Rhode Island families are directly impacted by the issues we're working hard to change.

  • "It is tantamount that we focus on the early years of child growth. These are the formative years which impact the rest of their lives. We must give kids the proper start in life to ensure a positive life experience for themselves and ensure they can properly contribute to society."

Child Care

  • "The cost of childcare is extremely high, yet the salary of my child's caregivers is very low. I would love to discuss ways of decreasing the cost of childcare while also giving those who work to care for my child access to income that gives them a higher quality of life."
  • "As a family of teachers, we've struggled to find high-quality, affordable childcare, and I ended up resigning from my job to stay home, in part because I would have been earning just enough to pay for childcare. Now that we're expecting our second child, it's doubly frustrating to feel that we're not supported by our community in accessing affordable childcare that we feel good about. In many ways, staying home has given me opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have had, but it's still frustrating to feel as though I was essentially forced out of my job because we chose to have children. I've been doing a lot of reading about social policies available in other countries, like Norway, Sweden, Finland, and France, and it seems like these countries actually support families through subsidized, high-quality childcare. The US talks a good game about supporting families, but until there are federal programs in place that actually make it possible for families to have children, educate them, and work without feeling beaten down, we don't actually support families at all."
  • "Our family has felt the strain of trying to find high-quality, affordable childcare, and we're solidly upper-middle class. My husband works with many lower-income families and I've heard from him how much they struggle to find childcare in between working multiple jobs that often don't accommodate childcare schedules. In reading about other countries' policies, I've come to feel that until the US offers federal and state programs that support young children, it cannot claim to be a first-world country. Refusing to support families and young children is a clear sign that the government believes families don't matter."

Family Home Visiting

  • "Healthy Families has been an awesome experience for me and my little girl. I am a first time mom with no experience with children or any family in the area to help out or visit. In the beginning, we were at home a lot. To have someone come once a week to interact with us, check milestones, growth, development, and make learning crafts was such a joy and a pleasure. I have told so many people about the program, how valuable it is, and what a wealth of information it has brought to us. I can't tell you how happy I have been with our visitor Megan. She has been so knowledgeable, and what she didn’t know, she would research and then bring me information. She helped with everything from baby sign language to TV viewing effects on babies. Our experience has definitely been life changing. I can also see the help that the program provides to families in need. I have donated many things to other families through Megan. She is such a tenacious hard worker when it comes to helping families get what they need. I could go on and on about this program and all the positive progress it brings to my family and others."

  • Wage Supplement

    • "The cost of childcare is extremely high, yet the salary of my child's caregivers is very low. I would love to discuss ways of decreasing the cost of childcare while also giving those who work to care for my child access to income that gives them a higher quality of life."
    • "As a family of teachers, we've struggled to find high-quality, affordable childcare, and I ended up resigning from my job to stay home, in part because I would have been earning just enough to pay for childcare. Now that we're expecting our second child, it's doubly frustrating to feel that we're not supported by our community in accessing affordable childcare that we feel good about. In many ways, staying home has given me opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have had, but it's still frustrating to feel as though I was essentially forced out of my job because we chose to have children. I've been doing a lot of reading about social policies available in other countries, like Norway, Sweden, Finland, and France, and it seems like these countries actually support families through subsidized, high-quality childcare. The US talks a good game about supporting families, but until there are federal programs in place that actually make it possible for families to have children, educate them, and work without feeling beaten down, we don't actually support families at all."

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    Pre-K

     

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

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