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"Care, support may be best medicine for preventing premature births"

December 28, 2009 - Felice Freyer's article, Care, support may be best medicine for preventing premature births focuses on premature births in RI and highlights RI's newly launched Nurse Family Partnership program. The article is the sixth and final installment in a series of articles on premature births by Freyer.

For more information on premature births in RI, view the Preterm Births Indicator in the 2009 Factbook.

New Urban Arts feature on Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show
December 23, 2009 - On the latest episode of the show, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, interviews Jason Yoon, Executive Director at New Urban Arts and Rosalia Mayen Velis, Chair of the New Urban Arts Student Team Advisory Board . This episode focuses on the incredible and nationally recoginized artistic work resulting from youth and adult partnerships at New Urban Arts. New Urban Arts is out-of-school time interdisciplinary arts program for high school students and emerging artists.

Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show Features U.S. Senator Jack Reed
December 17, 2009 - Elizabeth Burke Bryant interviews U.S. Senator Jack Reed about the importance of access to affordable, comprehensive health care for children and families, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act signed by President Obama earlier this year. Senator Reed provided an update on national health reform and its impact on Rhode Island, and shared his views on the importance of early childhood education and education reform.

Other recent guests on the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Television Show include Reverend Dr. David Ames of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, Terri Adelman of Volunteers in Providence and Simon Moore of College Visions.

BrightStars Honors Child Care and Early Learning Programs
December 9, 2009 - More than 150 early care and education program directors, early childhood teachers, community leaders and policy makers gathered at the Starry, Starry Night event to celebrate and salute the first group of early learning programs that have joined BrightStars, Rhode Island's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Twenty child care centers, Head Start programs, preschools and family child care homes are among the first to participate in BrightStars.

Read the article by Gina Macris in The Providence Journal. View photos from the event. For more information, go to


Preventing Youth Violence: New Strategies for Policy, Research and Practice
November 16, 2009 - An all-star panel of nationally recognized experts will discuss new strategies for research, policy and practice to prevent youth violence as part of the 2009 Lipsitt-Duchin Lectures in Child and Youth Behavior and Development. The event will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at Brown University. For more information and to register, download the invitation.

Report Applauds Rhode Island Lawmakers for Investing in High Quality Pre-K
October 22, 2009: Rhode Island became one of  just two states to approve new pre-k programs in state fiscal year 2010, according to Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2010,a state-by-state analysis by Pre-K Now. View the report press release and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant's statement on the report.

Celebrating Rhode Island Children's Health
October 19, 2009 - Over 100 community leaders gathered today for the ninth annual Celebration of Children's Health, to celebrate the progress the state has made in achieving positive health outcomes for Rhode Island's children. Rhode Island ranks among the top states for high rates of prenatal care, children's health insurance coverage, low rates of child and teen deaths, as well as low rates of teen births. Click to view materials from the event:

RI Dropout Prevention Summit
October 8, 2009 - Local elected officials, business leaders, educators, youth, community leaders, parents and many more gathered for the Rhode Island Dropout Prevention Summit, featuring Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University, a national leader who discussed solutions to the graduation challenge. View the press release.  

The Summit is a collaborate effort of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, other local partners, and America’s Promise Alliance.

New Issue Brief: Access to Early Learning in Rhode Island
October 5, 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its latest Issue Brief, Access to Early Learning Programs in Rhode Island, at a policy roundtable attended by educators, state agencies, advocates, policymakers and community leaders. The Issue Brief highlights key strategies to achieve a high-quality early learning system for Rhode Island’s young children, from birth through kindergarten. The Issue Brief also details the components of the four major types of early learning programs that comprise an effective, high-quality early learning system: child care (including center-based and family-based child care); Head Start and Early Head Start; state Pre-Kindergarten programs; and early childhood special education, including Early Intervention for children ages birth to three and preschool special education for children ages 3 to kindergarten entry.

New Census Data Show Drop in RI Child Poverty Rate
September 30, 2009 - According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data released today, 15.5% of Rhode Island children under age 18 lived in poverty in 2008, down from 17.5% in 2007. Rhode Island ranks 22nd best in the nation, an improvement from 2007 when Rhode Island ranked 31st. Read more in the press release or view the child poverty rate in other the states.

New Data Released on the Number of Unisured Children in RI
September 10, 2009 - According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 7.0% of Rhode Island children were uninsured in the three year period from 2006-2008, compared with 6.9% of children in 2005-2007. Rhode Island ranks 14th in the nation  for children’s health insurance coverage. Read The Providence Journal article, Number of uninsured R.I. children holds steady, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's press release and view the state rankings.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Remembers the Honorable Thomas C. Slater for His Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Rhode Island's Children and Families

2009 Legislative Wrap-Up
July 31, 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's 2009 Legislative Wrap-up is now available. The Wrap-Up details selected laws and budget appropriations considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly in its 2009 legislative session affecting children in the areas of economic well-being, health, education, child care and early childhood education, and safey.

RI Ranks 15th Among States For Overall Child Well-being.
July 28, 2009 - The 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available! RI ranks 15th for overall child well-being based on the 10 indicators tracked in the report. The report also highlights the work of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and calls for a "data revolution" to track progress and improve the lives of vulnerable kids. View the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's press release, the RI Fact Sheet and RI's Profile. 

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Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island
July 27, 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT releases its latest Issue Brief entitled Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island, at a policy roundtable at the Rhode Island Training School, Youth Development Center. The Issue Brief contains comprehensive data on juvenile justice systems in Rhode Island, including trends over the past decade in the number of youth referred to RI Family Court, violent crimes committed by youth and status offenses as well as providing an in-depth look at youth currently involved in the system.

RI to offer its first public pre-K program
July 27, 2009 - "We know that high-quality pre-K is a proven strategy for helping to close the achievement gap that appears as early as kindergarten entry," said Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island's Kids Count, a nonprofit children's advocacy organization...[in an article in The Providence Journal]. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released an Issue Brief which emphasizes the importance of early care and education, and worked closely with the RI Department of Education, advocates, providers and community leaders to advocate for legislation for RI to launch a pre-k demostration project.

Cable TV Show Features RI Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist
July 2009 - New Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Gist discusses her background, vision for Rhode Island, achieving a high quality education system, federal opportunies for Rhode Island and the activities planned for her first days in office on the latest episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show.

For The Record Features Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
June 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was featured on WPXQ's For The Record on cable television. Watch Sean Murphy interview Elizabeth Burke Bryant. In the interview, Elizabeth discusses the history and mission of the organization, her background, advocacy for children and families in harsh economic times, the release of the 2009 Factbook and more.

New Report on Best Practices to Improve the Education System in RI
July 1, 2009 - Rhode Island Kids Count released its lastest Issue Brief, Effective Public Education Policies: Lessons from Massachusetts and New Jerseyat a policy roundtable with national experts on education reform: Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education, and Kathleen D. Priestley, Consultant to the National Institute for Early Education Research and Association for Children of New Jersey. View pictures from the event and the press release.

Pawtucket Community Presentation
June 25, 2009 - As part of the Data in Your Backyard Series, key findings from the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook that describe trends in the health, economic well-being, safety and education of children in Pawtucket presented to an audience of community and advocacy leaders. View the Pawtucket presentation and the press release.

Providence Community Presentation
June 22, 2009 - As part of the Data in Your Backyard Series, key findings from the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook that describe trends in the health, economic well-being, safety and education of children in Providence were presented to an audience of community and advocacy leaders. View the Providence presentation and the press release.

Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show: Taking A Holistic Approach to Preventing Youth Violence
June 4, 2009 - View the June 2009 episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Television Show highlighting the work of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence aired in the memory of David Cartagena, Senior Streetworker at the Institute and exceptional Nonviolence Advocate.

E-News Highlights Community Presentations and Help for Low-Income Families
June 5, 2009 - The newly released Rhode Island Kids Count E-News highlights the upcoming community presentation on child and family well-being in Pawtucket, two new publications that provide information on help available for low-income families, the Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood Conference and more.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Recognized for Work on Housing
May 11, 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was honored to receive an award at this year’s Healthy Housing Conference sponsored by the RI Department of Health. This award recognizes the organization's commitment to promoting healthy housing. For more information, view the 2009 Housing and Health Factbook indicator.

New RIte Care materials available!
Designed to help agencies and advocates get the word out to families about applying for RIte Care these glossy, reversible English/Spanish posters are free and available to the public. View the flyer and poster, or order the materials.


National Report Highlights Funding for Pre-Kindergarten
May 5, 2009 - The new Pre-K Now report, Leadership Matters: Governors’ Pre-K Budget Proposals Fiscal Year 2010, provides a state-by-state analysis of pre-k funding proposals and budget gaps. According to the report there is a growing interest among federal and state policymakers in targeting limited public resources to effective programs backed by research.


Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show Features Providence Superintendent Tom Brady
May 2009 - The May episode of the Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show features Tom Brady, the Superintendent of Providence Public Schools. Superintendent Brady speaks about his background, his work in Providence, the challenges in urban education, the relationship between the economy and education, and the importance of parent and community involvement.


Release of 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Fctbook
April 6, 2009 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its annual publication on the well-being of children and families in RI, the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. The Factbook reports on 63 indicators of child well-being across five subjects: Family and Community, Economic Well-Being, Health, Safety, and Education.

View Harriet Meyer’s, President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and keynote speaker at the 2009 Factbook Breakfast presentation and the video from Ms. Meyer's presentation. Also available are photos from the 2009 Factbook Breakfast and links to print and broadcast media coverage of the release.


NBC 10 NewsView coverage of the release on WJAR NBC 10.




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Key Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
March 24, 2009 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal stimulus package, includes significant resources to address the needs of children and families. View the policy briefs prepared by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT on key provisions of the stimulus in the areas of health insurance, early care and education, income supports and K-16 education.

2009 Factbook Release
March 12, 2009 -You are invited to attend the release of the 15th Annual Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook at a policy breakfast on April 6, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. To register, download and mail the invitation. The annual Factbook is the primary publication of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. The Factbook tracks the progress of 60 indicators, across five areas of child well-being.

Child Homelessness in Rhode Island
March 10, 2009 - The National Center on Family Homelessness released a new report, America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness. Using data reported by schools in the 2005-2006 school year, the report offers state-by-state data on the status of homeless children. The release of the report which describes the plight of these children, profiles and ranks the states, and proposes solutions, also launches the Center's Campaign to End to Child Homelessness.  View the Rhode Island report and its two page summary.

Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island
February 10, 2009 - According to a newly released fact sheet on juvenile justice in RI, 73% of admissions to detention at the RI Training resulted in stays of seven days or less. Also available is recent testimony presented to the state legislators regarding the RI Training School and alternatives to juvenile incarceration.

SCHIP Reauthorization Signed into Law
Feburary 4, 2009 - It is a great day for America's children, President Obama has signed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, which covers an additional 4.1 million uninsured children. Estimated allotments for Rhode Island project an increase in federal SCHIP funding from $13.5 million to $69.5 million. For more information see the New York Times article, "House Votes to Extend Children’s Health Insurance" and the video of the signing on MSNBC.

Read Elizabeth Burke Bryant's statment on the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.