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Safety, Permancy, and Well-Being for Children in State Care Issue Brief
December 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's latest Issue Brief, summarizes the outcome of Rhode Island's Child and Family Services Review and discusses some of the report's most salient recommendations for the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF).




Racial and Ethnic Minority Disparities Project
The website for the Racial and Ethnic Minority Disparities Project is a clearinghouse of information on racial and ethnic minorities in RI, with analyses of reports summaries and data sets in the last five years on disparities in health, education, economic development and safety. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT participated as a member of the Community Advisory Board. The Executive Summary highlights the major findings of the Project and includes recommendations that synthesize the gaps in community programs and public initiatives as well as assess the quality of the present data.



KIDS COUNT special report: City and Rural Data Book
December 8, 2004 - KIDS COUNT released a special report in all 50 states entitled, 2004 City and Rural KIDS COUNT Data Book and pocket guides. Based on data from the 2000 Census the report provides detailed data on the well-being of children in 71 large cities, including Providence. A new indicator in this report shows that two-thirds (66%) of Providence children live in families that spend more than a third of their income on housing. This is comparable to the rate for Rhode Island (67%) and the 50-city average (65%) and higher than the national rate of 61%. Read the article on turnto10.com , on wpri.com, and in the Providence Journal. Read the press release.




Covering Kids and Families Celebrate RIte Care's Tenth Anniversay
December 6, 2004 - More than 200 people attended the Fifth Annual Covering Kids & Families luncheon "A Celebration of Children's Health" at the Providence Marriott. RIte Care Health Insurance: A Celebration of Children's Health was released at the event to commemorate the positive health outcomes that have resulted for children and pregnant women since RIte Care began. Awards were presented to the Governor, legislators, government and community leaders for their contributions in helping children access health insurance and quality health care through RIte Care. Read the Providence Journal article and the press release.

View the slide show from the Fifth Annual Covering Kids & Families luncheon which was attended by more than 200 people attended. Read RIte Care Health Insurance: A Celebration of Children's Health for more information.



The State of Preschool: 2004 Preschool Yearbook
November - NIEER releases a 50-state survey, The State of Preschool: 2004 Preschool Yearbook, that shows that high-quality programs are the exception, not the rule. Read Elizabeth Burke Bryant's comments on the report in the Providence Journal.







R.I welfare reform deserves high marks
November 15, 2004 - Read, R.I welfare reform deserves high marks, an op-ed in the Providence Journal co-authored by Elizabeth Burke Bryant of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Anthony Maione of the United Way of Rhode Island, Linda Katz of the Poverty Institute at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work; and Margaret Holland McDuff  and Benedict Lessing of the Rhode Island Children's Policy Coalition.  Enacted in 1996, the Act is Rhode Island's version of welfare reform and has been praised for its success and realistic approach in moving people from welfare to the workforce. Learn more about Children in the Family Independence Program in the 2004 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook.




Covering Kids & Families Rhode Island releases the November 2004 newsletter
November 2004 - This edition of the newsletter highlights the successes and achievements of the RIte Care program since its inception, 10 years. The newsletter also describes strategies developed by Covering Kids & Families and its partners to increase the retention of families in RIte Care.




Caring for Rhode Island's Infants and Toddlers Issue Brief Release
November 17, 2004 - The Issue Brief, Caring for Rhode Island's Infants and Toddlers, was released at a policy roundtable at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The Issue Brief reports on the importance of investing in programs for infants and toddlers and their families to improve school readiness. Many Rhode Island families with infants and toddlers do not have access to the types of programs and community supports that are effective at promoting optimal development. Read the coverage on projo.com and on turnto10.com. Read the press release. View the slide show from the release of the Issue Brief.



The Covering Kids and Families Luncheon has been rescheduled.
November 19, 2004 - The Luncheon will be on December 6, 2004. Please call Amy Lapierre, Project Director, at 401-351-9400 ext. 15 for more information. The Covering Kids and Families luncheon was postponed out of respect of the memory of our close colleague, Nancy Gewirtz, Founding Director of the Poverty Institute. Read the articles in the Providence Journal by Charles Bakst and Scott Mackay.



Parent Engagment in State Policy and Planinng
November 2004 - Parent Engagement in State Policy and Planning is an inventory of Rhode Island state agency efforts to involve parents in the design, implementation, evaluation and oversight of policy and programs that affect children and families in Rhode Island prepared by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Releases its Issue Brief: Access to Dental Care for Children in Rhode Island
October 21, 2004 - Access to Dental Care for Children in Rhode Island is Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's latest Issue Brief on the availabilty of dental care for children in Rhode Island. It was released at a policy rountable with national expert, Dr. Burton Edelstein of the Children's Dental Health Project.



Investments in Early Childhood Development Lead to Government Economic Savings
October 19, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new study, Exceptional Returns: Economic, Fiscal, and Social Benefits of Investment in Early Childhood Development, by the Economic Policy Institute that quantifies the return taxpayers reap from investments in quality early care. Read the press release.



Child Care Snapshot Number One Released
September 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released the first Child Care Snapshot: Impact of Policy Changes on the Use of Child Care Subsidies and Employment. Read the article in the Providence Journal.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT reports on the Progress of Selected 2004 Laws and Appropriations Affecting Children
September 2004 - The 2004 Legislative Wrap-Up reports on the progress of selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of economic well-being, health, child care and early childhood education, education and safety considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly's Legislative Session.




Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presents the 
2004 Warwick Data in your Backyard
September 23, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT partnered with 2004 Warwick Data in Your Backyard  presentation which combines data from the 2004 Factbook and Census 2000 to highlight the status of children Warwick. Read the coverage of the data presentation in the Warwick Beacon.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presents the 2004 Newport Data in Your Backyard
September 14, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT partnered with the Newport Partnership for Families to present the Newport 2004 Data in Your Backyard  presentation which combines data from the 2004 Factbook and Census 2000 to highlight the status of children in one of Rhode Island's poorest communities. Read the coverage of the data presentation in the Newport Daily News.



Rhode Island is ranked second best in the nation for children's health Insurance.
August 26, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Covering Kids and Families RI held a press conference to highlight the newly release data on the number children in insured. Read the press release. Read the articles in the first and Blackstone sections of the Providence Journal. View the state rankings. Read the fact sheet on the data release.


Providence After School Alliance Launched
July 2004
- The Wallace Foundation and Fleet Bank are funding the Providence After-School Alliance, a new public-private venture at the Education Partnership, to develop a comprehensive, citywide system to substantially increase high-quality, affordable out-of-school time learning opportunities for Providence’s children and youth. The Providence After-School Alliance will implement the Business Plan that was developed through the planning process for Learning in Communities / Providence, managed by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT for the city of Providence. Read the articles in the Providence Journal, and Philanthropy News Digest.



Rhode Island's School Readiness team released, Ready or Not: Preparing Rhode Island’s children to Succeed in School and Benchmarks for Progress, their final report to a group of key legislators, community advocates and state agency directors. This report focuses on key indicators used to determine the health development and well-being of young children. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT heads the 17-state National School Readiness Indicators Initiative. Read Elizabeth Burke Bryant's and Catherine Walsh's article in The Evaluation Exchange.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presents the 2004 Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard
June 24, 2004 - View the Woonsocket 2004 Data in Your Backyard Presentation combining data from the 2004 Factbook and Census 2000 to highlight the status of children in one of Rhode Island's poorest communities. Read the coverage of the data presentation in the Woonsocket Call.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Covering Kids and Families awarded The Creative Partnership Award
June 14, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Covering Kids and Families were recognized by the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island for the partnership with the netWORKri office in Pawtucket.  Covering Kids and Families Pawtucket received The Creative Partnership Award for “providing services that enhance the mission of netWORKri”. netWORKri has been the local coalition leader of the Covering Kids & Families Pawtucket project since July 2003.  Since then, several outreach activities have been conducted to increase the number of eligible families who enroll in RIte Care.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presents the Central Falls and Pawtucket 2004 Data in Your Backyard
 June 15, 2004 - View the Central Falls and Pawtucket 2004 Data in Your Backyard Presentation combining data from the 2004 Factbook and Census 2000 to highlight the status of children in two of Rhode Island's poorest communities. Read the coverage of the data presentation in the Pawtucket Times and the Providence Journal.



Elizabeth Burke Bryant Chairs United Way of Rhode Island Impact Group and sub-group
June 14, 2004 -
Elizabeth Burke Bryant is the chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Impact Group and one of its sub-groups, Early Childhood Care and Education, which was created as a result of the United Way of Rhode Island's Children, Youth, and Families Summit in January. The Impact Group will develop a comprehensive action plan and budget to improve children’s school success through action in the areas of early care and education, out-of-school time, and parenting. The Impact Group will also develop program investment Requests for Proposals (RFPs), release them to the wider community, and recommend specific program investments for 2005-2006. View the Providence Journal article about the work of the Impact Groups.



The Annie E. Casey Foundation releases the 2004 National KIDS COUNT Data Book; Rhode Island ranks 19th
June 3, 2004 - Rhode Island ranks 19th best in the nation on an index of 10 key indicators according to the fifteenth annual National KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report also features supplemental data on education, health, economic conditions, and vulnerable youth. New this year is data on disconnected young adults ages 18-24. An essay focuses on moving youth at risk toward opportunity and the effective supports that help young adults to succeed. The essay focuses on four sub-groups of young people considered to be the most at risk kids in the country: teens in foster care; teens involved in the juvenile justice system; teens who are parents; and teens have never finished high school. Explore the National KIDS COUNT Data Book online.
Read the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT press release.
Explore the 2004 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook.
Learn more about The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Learn more about the National KIDS COUNT project.



Rhode Island Leave No Child Behind Coalition / One Rhode Island Press Conference
May 13, 2004 -
A diverse group of religious leaders from all around the state joined the Rhode Island Leave No Child Behind Coalition, coordinatined by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and One Rhode Island at the State House to advocate for children’s healtheducation, economic well-being and safety, and to urge passage of the One Rhode Island Platform. A number of leaders from the community including religious leaders, advocates and parents spoke at the rally, including Representative Thomas Slater, Nancy Gewirtz, Ph.D., Poverty Institute at Rhode Island College, Reverend John Holt, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, The Right Reverend Geralyn Wolf, Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, Rev. Bernard Healey, Diocese of Providence, Rabbi Alan Flam, Brown University Senior Fellow and Associate University Chaplain, April Brophy, Parent, Dennis Murphy, United Way of Rhode Island and Benedict Lessing, Family Resources Community Action.



Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Releases Tenth Anniversary Factbook
April 5, 2004 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released their tenth annual Factbook to a group of almost 600 legislative leaders, advocates, and community leaders at their annual event.  The Factbook is available online and in print form, and contains 54 indicators of child well being. 
To read the Factbook online, click here.
For a photo gallery of the event, click here
To read the press release, click here.