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Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge
December 19, 2011 - Dozens of elected officials, non-profit leaders and child care providers gathered at CCRI's Providence campus to celebrate Rhode Island's receipt of a $50 million Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant. Rhode Island is one of nine states awarded the federal funding. The grants will help states build more efficient and effective early learning systems. Click to watch the news conference and to review Rhode Island's application and supporting materials.

Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
November 15, 2011 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presented Covering Kids awards to several community members at its 11th Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon. Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant and Policy Analyst Jill Beckwith presented the awards to Dr. Carol Lewis, a Pediatrician at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Dr. Daniel Kane, Dental Director at Saint Joseph Hospital Pediatric Dental Center, and JoAnn Robert, School Nurse Teacher for the Westerly School District. 

Children's Friend Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for Friendship Center
September 9, 2011 - Children's Friend, a long-time partner of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, celebrated the grand opening of its new Friendship Center at 350 Point Street in Providence. Starting next week, nearly 300 young children will be attending the new state-of-the-art learning center. Elected officials, representatives from Children's Friend and a student who will be attending the center cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening.

Founder of Nurse-Family Partnership Model Visits RI
September 6, 2011 -  Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted a meeting with Dr. David Olds, founder of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a nationally-recognized program that is being implemented in Rhode Island by Children's Friend and is serving some of our state's most vulnerable children and families. Leaders of the three state agencies that fund the project the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services  were in attendance, as well as many nurses who work with the participating families.

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Application Released
Auguest 23, 2011 - The final guidance for the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge has been released. Rhode Island is eligible to apply for up to $50 million for the grant period December 31, 2011, through December 31, 2015. The competition is organized around five key areas of reform: Successful State Systems, High-Quality, Accountable Programs, Promoting Early Learning and Development Outcomes for Children, Great Early Childhood Education Workforce, and Measuring Outcomes and Progress. Applications are due October 19, 2011. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will be working with other members of the state's Early Learning Council to complete the application.

City Year's New Corp Members Learn about the State of RI's Children
August 26, 2011 - Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, addressed City Year's new Corps Members at URI's Shepard Building. The Corps Members will be working in four of Providence's middle schools during the upcoming school year. Bryant discussed the data regarding the state of education in Providence and the state of Rhode Island as a whole.

Truancy Summit Held in Newport
August 18, 2011 - The Newport School Department recently hosted a Truancy Summit at Thompson Middle School. Dozens of school administrators, community members, and partners gathered in the school's cafeteria to discuss Newport's current truancy rates and brainstorm ways to increase attendance. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, was one of several experts who attended the summit.

Congressman Langevin Holds Policy Roundtable Aimed at Assisting Youth in Foster Care 
August 16, 2011 - Congressman Jim Langevin, the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association and The Voice held a meeting in Warwick to discuss ways to promote financial stability and capability among Rhode Island youth in foster care. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director, and John Neubauer, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Policy Analyst, participated in the discussion. Congressman Langevin is sponsoring a bill in Congress that would require states to run credit checks on foster children and help those who are the victims of identity theft. His bill also would prohibit states from putting Social Security numbers in foster care records to identify children.

Early Childhood Education Discussed on KIDS COUNT TV Show
June 30, 2011 - Watch the latest episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT cable television show. Adele Robinson and Linda Anderson joined Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss the work that the National Association for the Education of Young Children is doing here in Rhode Island and across the nation.

KIDS COUNT TV Show Focuses on Child Welfare in RI
June 22, 2011 - Watch the latest episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT cable television show. On the show, Darlene Allen, Executive Director of Adoption Rhode Island, and Catherine Walsh, Deputy Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, discussed ways to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect in Rhode Island.

Congratulations to City Year Rhode Island's 2011 Graduates!
June 17, 2011 - City Year Rhode Island celebrated the graduation of its 2011 corps members at the Esek Hopkins Middle School in Providence. The graduation ceremony celebrated the corps members' completion of a successful year of service and the accomplishments of corps members who have made a difference in Rhode Island's schools and neighborhoods. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, provided the key note address.

New High School Regulations Passed in Rhode Island

March 4, 2011 - The Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education passed newly revised high school graduation regulations. For more information, view The Providence Journal article, R.I. Board of Regents approves tougher graduation requirements.

Impact of the President's Proposed 2012 Budget on Children
February 25, 2011 - President Obama's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal includes increases in investments to child care, early childhood education, Head Start and child nutrition but reduces funding to key programs related to juvenile justice. For detailed information on how the President's fiscal year 2012 budget would affect programs and services for children and families, view the at a glance budget summary and issue specific summaries from First Focus and an analysis of the budget by Voices for America's Children.

Child Advocacy 360 Highlights Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
February 25, 2011 - View the profile of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Kids Count Turns Data into Policy Power: Small State, Big Impact, published by Child Advocacy 360 News Network. The article details Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's approach to data-based child advocacy and our work to improve the health, education, economic well-being, development and safety of Rhode Island's children. The Child Advocacy 360 News Network is an independent national news service that highlights issues related to children's welfare and rights, with a particular focus on preventing child abuse and neglect.

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition Featured on TV Show
February 14, 2011 - Watch the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show on the work of the Rhode Interfaith Coalition. On the show, the Coalition's Co-Chairs, Maxine Richman and Reverend Dr. Donald Anderson, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, speak about the Coalition's anti-poverty work.

New Rhode Island Graduation Rates and NECAP Scores
February 14, 2011 - The newly released high school graduation rates and New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores for Rhode Island show improvements in the four-year and the five-year high school graduation rates and high school NECAP scores. For details, view The Providence Journal articles on the new high school graduation rates and the NECAP scores.

Analysis of Reading and Mathematics Test Results for 11th Grade Students
January 21, 2011 - Rhode Island Kids Count has prepared an analysis of the NECAP Test Results for 11th Grade Students, showing the percentage of students who are substantially below proficient in reading and math in Rhode Island. Data are shown for the state as a whole, for sub-groups of students and for individual school districts.