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BrightStars Pilot Phase Launched
December 17, 2007 - BrightStars, a child care quality rating system created to improve the care and education of infants, toddlers pre-schoolers and school aged children in Rhode Island, is being piloted is being piloted during the 2007 -2008 school year! Launch by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children with primary funding from United Way of Rhode Island the goal of BrightStars is to provide accurate and reliable information about individual program quality to families and the community.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Celebrates Children’s Health At Annual Luncheon
November 19, 2007 - Among the positive trends in children’s health are that Rhode Island ranks #1 best for prenatal care and #1 best for the child death rate (with the lowest rates of deaths for children ages 1 to 14), and in the top 10 for timely childhood immunizations. In 2006, 93.6% of Rhode Island’s children under age 18 were insured, compared to 89.0% of children nationally. The event was attended by over a 100 community leaders and policymakers. View the press release and photos from the event.

Task Force Presents Findings to Mayor
November 1, 2007 - Mayor Cicilline's Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force, facilitated by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT by Executive Order, released its recommendations to the Mayor at a news conference. View the news release and the report.

2007 Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture
October 18, 2007 - "The Secret Life of Infants" is the title of the 2007 Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child Behavior and Development co-sponsored by Rhode Island Kids Count and the Center for Study of Human Development. The lecturer this year on October 18, 2007 will be Dr. Carolyn Rovee-Collier of Rutgers University, a renowned psychologist and expert in child development whose innovative studies of human infant memory have been widely recognized. Dr. Rovee-Collier will talk about her pioneering methods for exploring baby memory and some breakthrough findings that have been made using these procedures. This event is free and open to the public. View the invitation and the press release.

Release of the Child Poverty in Rhode Island Issue Brief
October 17, 2007 - Downlaod the new Issue Brief: Child Poverty in Rhode Island. This Issue Brief provides updated data on the children living in poverty in Rhode Island.

Standards-Based Education for Preschoolers
October 17, 2007 - Download the recently released brochure for parents entitled, Early Learning Standards Project: What Parents Should Know About Standards-Based Education for Preschoolers in English and in Spanish.

Data In Your Backyard (community data presentations)
October 17, 2007 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT regularly presents data to its partners across the state. Its series, Data in Your Backyard, highlights the status of children in Rhode Island's communities as presented in the Factbook and Census 2000. View recent presentations.

BrightStars: Recognizing Quality Care & Learning
October 10, 2007 - Rhode Island has developed BrightStars, a quality rating system for early learning and child care programs, in order to improve family access to high quality programs across the state. BrightStars is coordinated by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children with primary funding from United Way of Rhode Island. During the 2007 session, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the voluntary quality rating system in statute as a public-private partnership. Legislation lead sponsors were Senate Majority Leader Teresa Paiva-Weed and Representative Tom Slater. 

Featured in this photo from (L) are Channavy Chhay - United Way Project Manager for Children, Youth and Families, Leanne Barrett - Policy Analyst for Kids Count, Majority Leader Paiva Weed, and United Way Public Policy Coordinator Paola Fonseca

Elizbeth Burke Bryant Recieves National Honor
October 11, 2007 - Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, has been honored for as her work as a mentor, strategist, leader, and champion of future child advocates with the 2007 Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award by Voices for America’s Children. View the press release, the annoucement in the Providence Business News and the Providence Journal.

Selected Legislation and Appropriations Affecting Children in RI
September 2007 - The 2007 Legislative Wrap-Up reports on the progress of selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of economic well-being, health, early childhood, education and safety and heard by the Rhode Island General Assembly during the 2007 legislative session.

Policy Roundtable Focuses on Rhode Island’s Uninsured
September 12, 2007 - The percentage of uninsured Rhode Islanders under the age of 65 increased from 6.9% in 2000 to 13.3% in 2005. The percentage of uninsured children in Rhode Island is 6.4% compared with 11.0% in the U.S. RI leaders gathered to discuss trends in health insurance coverage among children and adults. Recent data on the uninsured from the U.S. Census Bureau and a new report by Rhode Island’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner which highlights a growing trend in the number of uninsured Rhode Islanders was highlighted. View the press release.

Rhode Island Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative: Two Years of Progress
September 2007 - Rhode Island Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is part of a national effort to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood. To participate in the Rhode Island Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative program youth must be between the ages of 14 and 23 and currently or formerly in foster care. Download the Fact Sheet.

Elizabeth Burke Bryant Recieves Women of Achievement Award
August 29, 2007 - YWCA Northern Rhode Island announces Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, will recieve a 2007 Women of Achievement award. This prestigious award recognizes women who have made a sustained commitment and significant difference in their communities by showing vision, creativity, determination, and initiative. Read more...

Health Insurance and Poverty Data Release
August 28, 2007 - According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 15.1% of Rhode Island children under age 18 live in poverty, down from 19.5% last year. The percentage of Rhode Island children without health insurance coverage remained stable at 6.4% in 2006 (compared with 6.5% in 2005). View the press release, how Rhode Island's child poverty rate and RI's rate of uninsured children compares to other states.

2007 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Fact Sheets
Download and view the recently released fact sheets: Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook: What's New in 2007 and 2007 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook: Child Welfare Indicators.

18th Annual 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book
July 25, 2007 - The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. This year’s essay examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. Read the Rhode Island pages in the Data Book, the RI Fact Sheet and Press Release or browse the KIDS COUNT Data Book.

KIDS COUNT Discusses Rolling Back the Jurisdictional Age of RI Family Court
July 15, 2007 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was recently featured on WPRI 12 Eyewitness News' and Fox's Newsmakers with Steve Aveson on the issue of incarcerating youth at the Adult Correctional Institution. View the behind the scenes video blog or the episode on

BrightStars is RI's new Quality Rating System
This fall Rhode Island will pilot test a new quality rating system, BrightStars, for state licensed early learning and child care programs. BrightStars is a partnership among several organizations, including Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, designed to provide objective program quality information to families across the state.

 Preterm Births in Rhode Island
June 21, 2007 - According to the Preterm Births in Rhode Island Issue Brief, from 2001-2005, one in eight (11.8%) infants born in Rhode Island was born preterm. For more information., download the Issue Brief, press release or the article in the Providence Journal. View Photos from the event.

RI KIDS COUNT Featured on Newsmakers
June 10, 2007 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was recently featured on WPRI 12's Eyewitness News Newsmakers with Steve Aveson. View the behind the scenes video blog or the episode on

New England on the Hill
May 1, 2007 - Joined by their New England coalition partners, Elizabeth Burke Bryant (seen on the right), Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Ellie Goldberg of Maine Children’s Alliance went to DC to hold two Congressional briefings on SCHIP for both House and Senate staff.

On June 1, 2007, Elizabeth also participated in the panel discussion at a special briefing held by The Annie E. Casey Foundation for congresstional staffers and national advocates in DC. She offered comments on the recent effort spearheaded by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT to assess school readiness of children on a regional basis. The briefing was designed to spark support for the recently introduced legislation the "State Child Well-Being Research Act of 2007."

Cranston Data in Your Backyard: Findings from the 2007 Factbook
May 24, 2007 - Rhode Island Kids Count presented the first ever Cranston Data in Your Backyard. The presentation included findings from the 2007 Factbook and was followed by a community discussion about welfare of Cranston's children. View the press release.

RI is Number One, Best in the Nation for Percentage of Women Receiving Timely Prenatal Care
May 23, 2007 - The online report, The Right Start for America’s Newborns: City and State Trends, which tracks U.S. birth information across states and the 50 largest cities has been updated. This year the report includes the percent of babies born to foreign born mothers for states and cities as well as national data on the Right Start birth outcomes by race and ethnicity. View the press release.

Enriching Children, Enriching the NationInvestments in Children Yield Savings Over Time
May 3, 2007 - Investing in high quality pre-kindergarten programs would create significant government savings over time according to the Economic Policy Institute report, Enriching Children, Enriching the Nation: Public Investment in High-Quality Prekindergarten, by economist Robert G. Lynch. Lynch’s research shows, state-by-state and nationally, the social, economic, and budgetary gains that would flow from investing now to build either a universal or a targeted pre-K program.View the press release.

Working towards Equity and Adequacy in
Funding Education for Rhode Island’s Children
April 2007—Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, was appointed as chair of the Rhode Island Foundation Aid Technical Advisory Group to the Joint Committee to Establish a Permanent Education Foundation Aid Formula for Rhode Island. The task of the Technical Advisory Group is to do a preliminary evaluation of the funding formula and implementation options that have been proposed to the Joint Committee. The Group will present their findings to the Joint Committee on May 15, 2007.

Guide Updated For Cover The Uninsured Week
April 23-29, 2007 - Health Care Coverage in America: Understanding the Issues and Proposed Solutions provides an overview of how Americans get health coverage, why so many don't have coverage, and what could be done to ease the problem. The 24-page guide, updated for Cover the Uninsured Week includes graphs, a glossary of health-coverage terms, and links to sources of additional information. To locate events being held across America, discover ways to get involved, learn more about SCHIP or read about the issue, log on to

New Task Force on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Created in Providence
April 2007 - At his inauguration, Mayor David N. Cicilline announced the creation of the Providence Poverty, Work and Opportunity Task Force. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will serve as consultant to this project: facilitating meetings, conducting research, and compiling the final report of the Task Force. Meeting materials and other resources are now available online.

National Expert Discusses Strategies to Improve the Life Chances of Youth in State Care
April 4, 2007 - Gary J. Stangler, a nationally recognized leader in child welfare and co-author of On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System, spoke at a policy roundtable at the Statehouse attended by advocates, youth in foster care, elected officials and community leaders from across the state. Read the press release.

Release of the Annual Factbook on the Status of RI's Children
March 26, 2007 - The 2007 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook was released to over 500 people, including members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation and leaders from education, health, business and human services. The Factbook contains the latest available statistics on 62 different aspects of children’s lives, from birth through adolescence, and charts improvements and declines in the well-being of children in each of the state’s 39 cities and towns.

Children's Health Care a Top Priority for Rhode Islanders
March 5, 2007 - 83% of RI voters surveyed favor expanding RIte Care so that every uninsured child in RI can get health care coverage according to a poll on children’s health care coverage. Read the RI report and the media release for more information. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the New England Alliance for Children’s Health released findings from the recent survey at St. Joseph Hospital.

The Photos From the Teen Pregnancy Policy Roundtable are Online
February 23, 2007 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Rhode Island Teen Pregnancy Coalition co-sponsored a policy roundtable to discuss findings from the Issue Brief, Teen Pregnancy and Parenting in Rhode Island. The policy roundtable was attended by educators, health care providers, child welfare service providers, state agencies, advocates, and political and community leaders from across the state.
                             View pictures from the event online.

Release of Ready or Not: Preparing Rhode Island’s children to Succeed in School and Benchmarks for Progress
February 2007 - This report is an update of the final report of the Rhode Island School Readiness Team released in May 2004. The report focuses on key indicators used to determine the health development and well-being of young children

Policy Matters: Twenty State Policies to Enhance States' Prosperity and Create Bright Futures for America's Children, Families and Communities 2007 Update Available
February 13, 2007 - Policy Matters 2007 is now available. This report provides updated 50-state data on selected state policies that promote opportunity for kids and families in the areas of: employment, income, health, education, and healthy family relationships. Read Rhode Island's State Brief.