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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Events

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT regularly brings people together, to solve problems and focus on issues affecting Rhode Island children and families. Throughout the year, we host meetings, publication & data release events, and community forums. Our biggest event each year is the KIDS COUNT Factbook Breakfast, held in April. 

Please explore below to see what we're doing, and to join the conversation!

2017 Factbook Breakfast

SAVE THE DATE! The 23rd Annual Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook will be released at our annual Factbook Breakfast on Monday, April 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Breakfast will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. Please click here to register. Registration is $60 per person.

2017 Events

  • SAVE THE DATE! The 23rd Annual Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook will be released at our annual breakfast on Monday, April 10, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island. Please click here to register. Registration is $60 per person.
  • Dozens of religious leaders, elected officials and community members gathered at the State House on January 4, 2017 for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty's annual Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty. The vigil brought together leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Please click here for photos from the event.

2016 Events

2016 Events

  • On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief on Preventing Bullying in Rhode Island Schools. 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. For more, please see the full Issue Brief, data presentationmedia release, Twitter activity, and event pictures.

  • Celebration of Children's Health LuncheonMore than 225 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for the sixteenth annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon on November 14, 2016 to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children — including the 10th anniversary of RIte Smiles, Rhode Island’s managed care dental insurance for low-income children. For more, please see our data presentationmedia release, Twitter activity, and event pictures.

  • At the Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard event on November 9, 2016, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Senior Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented data on the well-being of Woonsocket children and youth to an audience of community leaders and policy makers. To learn more, please see the presentation and media release.

  • At the Warwick Data in Your Backyard event on October 24, 2016, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Senior Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented data on the well-being of Warwick children and youth to an audience of community leaders and policy makers. To learn more, please see the event presentation, media release, and Warwick Beacon coverage.

     

  • Newport DIYBAt a special two-part event on October 4, 2016, Newport community members convened to discuss the well-being of local children and families through the annual Data in Your Backyard presentation, and celebrated the launch of the Newport Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Newport Partnership for Families co-sponsored the event. For more information, please see the event presentationmedia release, and event pictures.

  • Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island COverOn Monday, September 19, 2016, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island. 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. To learn about access to and financing of high-quality early learning opportunities in Rhode Island, please see Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island, the event presentationmedia release, and event pictures.

  • At the Providence Data in Your Backyard event on July 15, 2016, Stephanie Geller, Senior Policy Analyst from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, presented community-level child well-being data from the Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. The event was co-sponsored with the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Special thanks to the Providence Community Library for providing a meeting space. For more information, please see the data presentation and media release.

  • On Monday, May 16, 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo's Summit on Early Education and Care was held, focused on creating opportunities for Rhode Island's youngest learners from birth through age 8. Keynote remarks were provided by Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Former Director of Washington State's Department of Early Learning.  For more information, please see the following presentations:
    Early Learning in Rhode Island: Recent Progress — Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant
    The Science of Early Learning — Bette Hyde, Ph.D.

    The Summit was coordinated through a partnership among the Governor's Office, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. 

  • On Wednesday, May 4, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor David Hemenway and Congressman David Cicilline addressed “Youth and Gun Violence: Strategies for Prevention” at the annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child and Youth Behavior and Development, sponsored by Brown University and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Following Professor Hemenway's keynote remarks, Congressman David Cicilline offered his perspective. For more information, please see Professor Hemenway's presentation, and our media release.
  • 2016 Factbook Breakfast Crowd Picture

    On Monday, April 11, 2016, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its twenty-second annual report on the well-being of Rhode Island's children at a policy breakfast attended by over 500 people. The 2016 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was presented to Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman James Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. Factbooks were also presented to two community leaders in recognition of their advocacy for children and families: Anna Cano Morales, Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, and Rabbi Alan Flam, Executive Director of the Helen Hudson Foundation for Homeless America.


    For more information, please see the media release/ executive summary, media coverage, Twitter activity, and event pictures.

  • Physical Activity Policy Brief release event picture Release of New Policy Brief: Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools January 21, 2016: Regular physical activity has been shown to improve strength and endurance, help control weight, and prevent chronic disease. It has also been shown to improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores. Research also shows positive effects on the brain, including improved attention, processing, memory, and coping. Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools provides an overview of current practices and policies regarding physical activity in Rhode Island schools (including recess and physical education), and includes recommendations for promoting increased physical activity in schools. For more, please see the media release and event pictures.

2015 Events

2015 Events

  • Release of new Issue Brief: Young Children in the Child Welfare System
    On December 15, 2015, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief: Young Children in the Child Welfare System. The report 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. For more, please see the release event pictures and media release.
  • Kickoff of the Rhode Island Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
    The United Way, in partnership with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, launched the Rhode Island Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at a policy roundtable held at the United Way of Rhode Island on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. This Campaign brings together business, government, labor, and non-profit leaders to work to improve third-grade reading proficiency. This milestone is of vital importance to children’s success and to the success of our state because children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers. For more, please see the media release, event pictures, event presentation, and the following media coverage: The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, Convergence RI, and The Warwick Beacon.
  • ELizabeth Burke Bryant and Marie Jones Bridges at Celebration of Children's Health LuncheonCelebration of Children's Health Luncheon 
    More than 175 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for the fifteenth annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon on November 16, 2015 to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. This event also celebrated the progress that has been made in covering kids in Rhode Island, as well as the strength and quality of RIte Care, Rhode Island’s health insurance program for children and families with low and moderate incomes. For more, please see our data presentationmedia release, and event pictures.
  • picture from Warwick Data in Your Backyard Well-Being of Warwick Children & Families Discussed at Data Presentation
    At the Warwick Data in Your Backyard event on October 14, 2015, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Warwick child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
    - Child abuse and neglect rate below state average
    - Falling teen birth rate
    - Low percentage of students in full-day kindergarten
    - For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • Picture Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Newport event
    At the Newport Data in Your Backyard event on October 6, 2015, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Newport child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
    - Percent of infants born at highest risk continues to decline
    - Newport has the third highest rate of child abuse and neglect in the state
    - Data show improvements in Newport Public Schools – chronic absenteeism has declined, improved high school graduation rate
    - For more, please see the press release, presentation, event pictures, and Newport Daily News article.
  • PictureRhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Woonsocket event
    At the Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard event on September 25, 2015, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Woonsocket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    - Woonsocket has the highest rates of child poverty and extreme poverty in the state
    - School Breakfast Program participation rates continue to increase
    - Education outcomes need improvement
    - For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • PictureRhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Providence event
    At the Providence Data in Your Backyard event on July 23, 2015, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Providence child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    - Decreases in teen birth rate and infants born at risk, evidence-based family home visiting programs can help
    - Providence Children and Youth Cabinet working to address
    chronic absence and school climate
    - For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • 2015 Data Book CoverNational KIDS COUNT Data Book Released
    On July 21, 2015, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 26th annual national KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state report on children’s well-being. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT participated in this nationwide launch. This year’s Data Book finds that Rhode Island ranks 31st in the nation for overall child well-being, down from 26th last year. For more information, please see the press release, Rhode Island profile, and the entire Data Book.
  • Picture Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Pawtucket event
    At the Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard event on June 10, 2015, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Pawtucket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    - Largest increase in high school graduation rate in the state
    - Decrease in teen birth rate
    - School breakfast participation low; offering breakfast in the classroom recommended
    - Please see the press release and presentation for more information.
  • Release of new Issue Brief: Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families in Rhode Island
    On June 4, 2015, policy makers, state agencies, and community members gathered to discuss policies to support Rhode Island infants, toddlers, and their families. At the event, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released our latest Issue Brief: Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families in Rhode Island as well as a new publication: Next Steps for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families. See the presentation and pictures from the event.
  • 7th Annual Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Conference

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was pleased to participate in the 7th Annual Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Conference on May 13th. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Linda Katz of the Economic Progress Institute gave a joint presentation on Poverty in Rhode Island. See the presentation and pictures from the event.

  • Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island: A Focus on Dropout Prevention and Recovery
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted a policy roundtable "Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island: A Focus on Dropout Prevention and Recovery" on March 23rd. Co-hosts for the event were The Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island Foundation, The Providence Plan, National Education Association Rhode Island, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, and Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. View pictures from the event and the presentation.

     

  • 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Released On Monday, April 13, 2015! 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its 21st annual report on the well-being of Rhode Island's children at a policy breakfast attended by over 500 people. The Factbook was presented to Governor Gina Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, Congressman James Langevin, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senator Joshua Miller. Factbooks were also presented to two community leaders in recognition of their work and contributions - Central Falls Superintendent Fran Gallo and Linda Katz of the Economic Progress Institute. Please see the press release and photos from the event, read the Factbook indicators, and order a copy!

     

  • New Report on Child Poverty in Rhode Island released!
    On Thursday, January 22, 2015, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief, Child Poverty in Rhode Island, which covers the prevalence and impact of child poverty in Rhode Island communities and recommendations for short-term assistance and long-term solutions to lift families out of poverty. For more information, please see the media release, event presentation, and event pictures.
  • RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Vigil
    Dozens of religious leaders, elected officials and community members gathered at the State House on January 7, 2015 for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's annual Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty. The vigil brought together leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Please click here for pictures from the event.

2014 Events

2014 Events

  • 2014 Lipsitt-Duchin Lectures in Child and Youth Behavior and Development
    Linda M. Espinosa, PhD, was the keynote speaker at the annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture on December 3, 2014, sponsored by Brown University and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with TRI-Lab. The lecture topic was “Promoting Development and Improving Outcomes for Young Dual/English Language Learners."
    Please see the presentation, the Tri-LAB Policy Brief, the video "Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies", event pictures, and the media release.
  • Annual Celebration of Children’s Health: Celebrating 20 Years of RIte Care and Presentation of Covering Kids Awards
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its 14th annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon on November 24, 2014 at the Providence Marriott. The luncheon brought community leaders, elected officials, advocates, and health care experts together to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. This event also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of RIte Care, Rhode Island’s health insurance program for children and families with low and moderate incomes. Covering Kids Awards were presented to several community leaders and elected officials, and the RIte Care Results report was released.
    For more information, please see the media release, presentation, RIte Care Results, and event pictures.
  • New Report on Child and Adolescent Obesity in Rhode Island released!
    On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief, Child and Adolescent Obesity in Rhode Island. Highlights of the report include:
    - New district-level information presented on positive health habits of Rhode Island students
    - New city/town-level information presented on environmental and social measures relating to obesity
    For more information, please see the Issue Brief, media release, and event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Warwick event
    At the Warwick Data in Your Backyard event on October 23, 2014, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Warwick child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
    - Reading, math proficiency rates above the state average
    - Low percentage of students in full-day kindergarten
    - Nutrition assistance programs reaching many Warwick children
    For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Central Falls event
    At the Central Falls Data in Your Backyard event on October 20, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Central Falls child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
    - Central Falls using proven strategies to ensure that children have access to School Breakfast
    - Largest improvement in high school graduation rate in the state since 2007
    - High rates of poverty, extreme poverty, and chronic absenteeism persist
    For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Newport event
    At the Newport Data in Your Backyard event on October 7, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Newport child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
    - Reading and math skills among Newport students decline after a period of improvement
    - High rates of chronic absenteeism, Newport Public Schools working hard to address the issue
    - High school graduation rate has decreased in recent years
    For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • TRI-Lab, RI KIDS COUNT & Ready to Learn Symposium
    On October 2, 2014, Dr. Adele Diamond, an international expert on child development and education issues, and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, joined over 200 scientists, policy makers, teachers and child care professionals at a symposium aimed at improving the health, educational performance, and well-being of Rhode Island’s children. Dr. Diamond provided the keynote address for the day-long event, which investigated how young children develop “executive function skills.” The symposium was jointly sponsored by several of the core participants in the Lab, including Brown University, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and Ready to Learn Providence.
    Please click for: the TRI-Lab Healthy Early Childhood Development Policy Brief, Dr. Diamond's presentation, the media release, and event pictures.
  • Special Attendance Awareness Month Event: The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades
    In celebration of Attendance Awareness Month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project held a special event on September 29, 2014 for educators, policymakers, and community leaders: The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades. The event included the presentation of:
    - Reducing Chronic Early Absence: A new Fact Sheet from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and
    - Chronic Absenteeism Among Kindergarten Students: A new Data Story from the RI DataHUB.
    For more information, please see the media release and event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Woonsocket event
    At the Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard event on September 12, 2014, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Woonsocket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    - This fall, Full-Day Kindergarten was restored in Woonsocket
    - Woonsocket has seen increased rates of School Breakfast Program participation
    - Woonsocket has the highest rate of child abuse & neglect in Rhode Island
    - Woonsocket has the highest percentage of infants born at a low birth weight in Rhode Island
    For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • New Report on Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island released!
    On Monday, June 30, 2014, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new report, Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island, which covers the juvenile justice system in RI, juvenile justice trends over the past decade, RI youth currently involved in the system, and best practices for improving youth outcomes & community safety.

    For more information, please see the media release and release event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Providence event
    At the Providence Data in Your Backyard event on June 27, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Providence child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    -Providence has seen decreases in teen birth rate and infants born at risk, but has the highest rate of delayed prenatal care in the state
    -School Breakfast participation is up across Providence
    -There have been improvements in several key education outcomes

    For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Pawtucket event
    At the Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard event on June 13, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Pawtucket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
    -Pawtucket has seen decreased chronic absence and suspensions
    -The Pawtucket teen birth rate has decreased, and fewer Pawtucket infants are being born at highest risk
    -Despite Universal School Breakfast, Pawtucket student participation is still low

    Please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures for more information.
  • Special Report on Grade-Level Reading Released at Policy Roundtable on May 8, 2014
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters - on Thursday May 8, 2014. Please see the press release and event pictures. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, provided remarks. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller and Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings.
  • 20th Annual Factbook Breakfast held on April 7, 2014
    The 2014 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was released at our 20th Annual Breakfast on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 8 am to 10 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Please see the press release, along with the event pictures.
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosts 20th Anniversary Special Kick-Off Luncheon with Marian Wright Edelman on January 29, 2014
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT kicked off its 20th Anniversary with a Special Luncheon featuring remarks by Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

    For more, please see pictures from the event, video from RI State Capitol TV, audio from Latino Public Radio, as well as Providence Journal coverage.
  • Interfaith Vigil Held at State House on January 8, 2014
    Dozens of religious leaders, elected officials and community members gathered at the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's annual Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty. The vigil brought together leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths.

    Please click here for pictures from the event.
  • RIte Care Alert: Latest Update on Parent Health Coverage January 1, 2014
    The RIte Care eligibility limit for parents was "rolled back" from 175% FPL ($34,177 for a family of 3) to 138% FPL ($26,951) on December 31, 2013. To ensure continuity of coverage, the State auto-enrolled affected parents in the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Value Plan through HealthSource RI, with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. The State also paid the parent's entire premium amount for the month of January. To keep health insurance coverage after January, parents need to apply for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI

     

    For more information on what parents need to know and what parents need to do now, please click here. For information on the State premium assistance program, please visit the EOHHS website.

    Note re: children with RIte Care: Children enrolled in RIte Care will keep their coverage (there is no income eligibility change for children). And beginning January 2014, families will no longer need to pay a monthly premium for their children covered by RIte Care.

2013 Events

2013 Events

  • RIte Care Alert: Latest Update on Parent Health CoverageThe RIte Care eligibility limit for parents is scheduled be "rolled back" from 175% FPL ($34,177 for a family of 3) to 138% FPL ($26,951) on December 31, 2013.
    To ensure continuity of coverage, the State has opted to auto-enroll affected parents in the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Value Plan through HealthSource RI, with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. The State also will pay the parent's entire premium amount for the month of January. Parents also have the opportunity to choose a different plan through HealthSource RI.

    For more information on what parents need to know and what parents need to do now, please click here.

    For information on the State premium assistance program, please visit the EOHHS website.

    Note re: children with RIte Care: Children enrolled in RIte Care will keep their coverage (there is no income eligibility change for children). And beginning January 2014, families will no longer need to pay a monthly premium for their children covered by RIte Care.
  • Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island Issue Brief released at Grad Nation Summit on November 25, 2013
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island – at the Providence Grad Nation Summit attended by policy makers, education leaders, state agencies, business leaders, youth, and other community members. The Grad Nation Summit focused on increasing the high school graduation rate and is part of the America’s Promise Alliance national initiative to hold 100 summits across the country in the next four years. The Summit was co-hosted by the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, RI Department of Education, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; and was held on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street.

    For more information, please see the media release and event photos.
  • Central Falls Data in Your Backyard Presentation
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored the Central Falls Data in Your Backyard presentation with the Central Falls School Department on November 21, 2013.

    For more information, please see the press release, pictures, and event presentation.
  • Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities Released at Policy Roundtable on November 15, 2013
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities – at a policy roundtable held at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Please see the event pictures, and press release.  Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings, and welcoming remarks were provided by: Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; Eileen Howard Boone, CVS Caremark; and Timothy Babineau, MD, Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital. Speakers included Yvette Yatchmink, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Michael Fine, MD, RI Department of Health; Janice DeFrances, RI Department of Children, Youth & Families; David Abbott, RI Department of Education; and Deborah Florio, RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services.
  • Warwick Data in Your Backyard Presentation
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored the Warwick Data in Your Backyard presentation with the Warwick Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse on November 14, 2013.

    For more information, please see the press release, pictures, and event presentation.
  • Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
    November 4, 2013 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its 13th annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon on November 4, 2013 at the Providence Marriott. The luncheon brought leaders together to celebrate the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. Covering Kids Awards were presented to several community leaders and elected officials, and the RIte Care Results report was released.

    Click for the news release, presentation, and event pictures.

  • Newport Data in Your Backyard
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored our Newport Data in Your Backyard presentation with Newport Partnership for Families on October 1, 2013.

    If you missed the event, you can view the presentation here and the Newport City/Town sheet here.

  • COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE: Ready For Lift Off!
    Health Coverage Workshop The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project hosted the latest in our series of Workshops about the Affordable Care Act, RIte Care, Medicaid, and HealthSource RI for staff of community organizations who help connect people to health coverage on September 26, 2013. Workshop materials: Agenda, Health Coverage Project Presentation, HealthSource RI Presentation, What’s Next for RIte Care? Grid, and RI Health Coverage Project Overview.

  • Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored our Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard presentation with Connecting for Children & Families on September 25, 2013.

    If you missed the event, you can view the presentation here and the Woonsocket City/Town sheet here

  • Launch of TeethFirst! - Early Dental Visit Campaign
    September 11, 2013 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT participated in the launch of TeethFirst!, a new bilingual early dental visit campaign and initiative. The focus of TeethFirst! is on promoting early dental visits and increasing oral health literacy among families, health care providers, and community organizations. It is a project of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission (OHC), with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT serving as the lead agency and project manager.

    For more, please see:
    - TeethFirst! website
    - Primero los dientes website
    - The launch press release
    - The launch event presentation
    - The launch event pictures

  • Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard Presentation
    June 18, 2013 - The Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard presentation included highlights of improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth in Pawtucket, based on the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. The presentation was brought to the community in partnership with the Pawtucket School Department Child Opportunity Zone, and was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

    Click to view the press release, presentation, and photos.

  • Annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture: Reflections on Race, Child Development and School Reform
    May 2, 2013 - James Comer, MD, was the keynote speaker at the the 2013 Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture on Child and Youth Behavior Development, sponsored by Brown University's Center for the Study of Human Development and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Dr. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, and has been a Yale medical faculty member since 1968.

    To see the presentation, please click here.

  • Access to Early Learning Programs Health Issue Brief Released at Policy Roundtable
    April 29, 2013 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its latest Issue Brief - Access to Early Learning Programs in Rhode Island - at a policy roundtable attended by more than fifty community members. Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings, and Commissioner of the RI Department of Education Deborah Gist and Director of the RI Department of Human Services Sandra Powell were discussants.

    Please see the press release here.

  • 2013 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Released at Annual Breakfast
    April 8, 2013 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its nineteenth annual report on the well-being of Rhode Island’s children at a policy breakfast attended by over 500 people, including the Governor, members of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation, General Assembly leaders, community leaders, and policymakers from education, health, and human services. The 2013 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook charts improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth across the state and in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns, and provides the latest available statistics on 68 different aspects of children’s lives, from birth through adolescence.

  • Interfaith Vigil Held at State House
    January 2, 2013 - Dozens of religious leaders, elected officials and community members gathered at the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's annual Interfaith Vigil. The group asked Rhode Island lawmakers to remember the state's poor residents during the upcoming legislative session. The vigil brought together leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths

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