Improving College Access and Success Special Report Released November 20, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a special report - Improving College Access and Success: Providence Youth Perspectives - at a community roundtable event. The report summarizes the results of a series of focus groups conducted with Providence high school students to determine how schools and community agencies can best help students with the college application process. The event included a discussion with Providence youth, college access programs, school officials, and city leaders, who provided their perspectives on how to help more students enroll in and succeed in college. Click for the presentation or photo gallery.
Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon November 19, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its 12th annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon on Monday, November 19, 2012 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 or photo gallery.
Data in Your Backyard Presentation Held in Warwick November 14, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its annual Warwick Data in Your Backyard event at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane in Warwick, on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Sponsored in partnership with the Warwick Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse, the event featured a data presentation on the well-being of children in Warwick followed by a community discussion. Click for the presentation, news release, or photo gallery.
Providence School Superintendent Appears on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show October 16, 2012 - On the October episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV show, Providence School Superintendent Susan F. Lusi sat down with host Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, to talk about the state of Providence schools. They discussed the important work being done to improve student performance and increase attendance, as well as the many programs and initiatives now in place to help students succeed. The program was produced by Access RI.
Read for the Record Day 2012 October 4, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's Elizabeth Burke Bryant and Leanne Barrett participated in a Read for the Record event at D'Abate Elementary School in Providence. Read for the Record, a campaign led by Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, is centered on one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and promote early childhood education. On October 4th, people across the country were encouraged to read the childrenís book Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstartís mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. View photos from the event.
Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard Presentation September 20, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its annual Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard event at the Chaplin-Perez Community Center. Sponsored in partnership with Connecting for Children and Families, the event featured a presentation on the well-being of children in Woonsocket followed by a community discussion. Click to read the news release, presentation, or photo gallery.
Make It Happen RI Forum September 7, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant joined hundreds of other Rhode Island leaders at the Make It Happen RI Economic Development Forum. The forum, hosted by The Rhode Island Foundation, brought together leaders from dozens of state and local agencies and businesses with the goal of developing actionable plans to improve the state economy and supplement private sector efforts.
Data Presented to Brown University Freshmen August 30, 2012 - A group of incoming Brown University students attended a data presentation at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT as part of their orientation. John Neubauer presented information about Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and data about the health, education and economic well-being of Rhode Island's children. The presentation offered the students an opportunity to learn about their new home and other Rhode Island communities.
New RI Public Defender Sworn In July 16, 2012 - Mary S. McElroy, a career public defender with nearly twenty years experience at the state and federal level, was sworn-in as Rhode Island's latest Public Defender. McElroy is the first woman to hold the position since it was created in 1941.
Providence Community Health Centers Celebrates New Facility July 16, 2012 - Providence Community Health Centers celebrated the opening of their newest facility on Prairie Avenue. The 41,000 square foot facility is expected to serve 15,000 low-income and uninsured children and families. The new facility will expand healthcare access to some of Providence's most impoverished residents.
After School and Summer Learning Programs Highlighted on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show July 9, 2012 - Hillary Salmons, Executive Director of the Providence After School Alliance, joined host Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss the many after school and summer learning opportunities available to children and youth in Providence. Click to watch the June episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show.
Providence Data in Your Backyard Presentation June 22, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Mayor's Children and Youth Cabinet co-sponsored the Providence Data in Your Backyard presentation at Central High School. The Data in Your Backyard event provided community members, service providers and business leaders with an update on the status of children and families in Providence, based on data in the 2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. Click to view the presentation, news release and photo gallery.
Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard Presentation June 4, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Pawtucket School Department's Child Opportunity Zone co-sponsored the Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard provided community members with an update on the status of children and families in Pawtucket, based on data in the 2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. Click to view the presentation, news release and photo gallery.
Health Coverage Workshop at the Crowne Plaza Hotel May 30, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project and The Economic Progress Institute hosted the Health Care Reform in Rhode Island: Countdown to Coverage workshop at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The workshop featured a presentation on the basics of health care reform and an overview of the consumer support system, as well as a panel discussion with Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Angela Sherwin, Principal Policy Associate with the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, and Elena Nicolella, Medicaid Director with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Click to view the presentation and photo gallery.
RI Interfaith Coalition's 4th Annual Poverty Conference May 16, 2012 - The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition held its 4th annual Poverty Conference at Rhode Island College on May 16, 2012. The conference featured presentations about poverty in Rhode Island from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and The Economic Progress Institute, and featured several national faith leaders, including Rabbi Steve Gutow, President & CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Rev. Peg Chemberlin, Immediate Past President, National Council of Churches, and Imam Mohamed Magid, President, Islamic Society of North America. Click to view the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT presentation or photos from the event.
Juvenile Justice the Focus of Data Presentation May 3, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Policy Analyst John Neubauer provided an update on the status of children who are involved with the juvenile justice system in Rhode Island based on data from the 2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. The presentation and following panel discussion were sponsored by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, AS220 and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Click to view the photo gallery.
National Autism Expert Speaks at Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture May 1, 2012 - Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks, was the keynote speaker at the 2012 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. In her presentation, Dr. Dawson discussed the state of science surrounding autism and future directions in early detection and intervention, with a focus on the infant-toddler period. The lecture was held at Brown University. Click to read the news release.
Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Team Heads to Washington, DC April 26, 2012 - Members of the Rhode Island Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge team traveled to Washington, DC, for the first grantee meeting with the U.S Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius met with the grantees. Left to right: Leanne Barrett, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Stephanie Enos, Rhode Island Department of Education, Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Michele Palermo, Rhode Island Department of Education, Karen Beese, Rhode Island Department of Human Services, and Brenda Almeida, Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Child Care Day Celebrated at the Rhode Island State House April 26, 2012 - A Child Care Day celebration was held at the Rhode Island State House on April 12, 2012. The event was hosted by Representative Grace Diaz, Chair of the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care. Speakers included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senator Elizabeth Crowley, Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello and Leanne Barrett, Senior Policy Analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Coordinator of the Early Learning Council.
Child Care the Focus of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show April 19, 2012 - Representative Grace Diaz and Leslie Gell, Director of Ready to Learn Providence, joined Elizabeth Burke Bryant for the April episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show. They discussed the importance of having high-quality child care in Rhode Island and the work of the Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care.
2012 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Released at Annual Breakfast April 2, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its eighteenth annual report on the well-being of Rhode Islandís 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. Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., Former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, delivered the keynote address and Julian Santiago, a member of Young Voices Rhode Island, was the youth speaker.
Health and Workforce Forum with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi March 19, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant participated in a policy roundtable focusing on women's health and workforce issues with U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The roundtable discussion centered ways to address the concerns of Rhode Island women, including accessing quality health care, creating jobs, growing the economy, investing in early childhood education and ensuring equal pay for all of our state's working women. Congressman David Cicilline hosted the event. Click to view photos of the event.
Affordable Housing Highlighted on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show March 15, 2012 - Nellie Gorbea, Executive Director of HousingWorks RI, joined Elizabeth Burke Bryant for the March episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show. Gorbea discussed the need for more affordable homes in Rhode Island, as well as the need for a dedicated funding source for affordable housing.
Disparities in Children's Health Issue Brief Released at Policy Roundtable February 29, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its latest Issue Brief - Disparities in Children's Health - at a policy roundtable attended by more than sixty community members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island sponsored the event, which was held at the Providence Marriott.
Annual Oral Health Summit February 15, 2012 - Members of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission attended the annual Oral Health Summit at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick. Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Jill Beckwith, Co-Chairs of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission, and Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Department of Health.
Barnett Presents Pre-K Demonstration Program Findings February 14, 2012 - Steven Barnett, PhD, a researcher at Rutgers University, visited Rhode Island to present findings from the Rhode Island State Pre-K Demonstration Program Evaluation. Dr. Barnett spoke before a group of educators during a meeting held at the Rhode Island Foundation. He also spoke before members of both the House and Senate during briefings held at the State House.
KIDS COUNT TV Show Features Effort to Expand Full-Day Kindergarten in RI February 14, 2012 - On the February episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT cable television show, State Senator Hanna Gallo and State Representative Joy Hearn joined host Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss their efforts to expand full-day kindergarten in Rhode Island.
KIDS COUNT Data Presented at Judges' Conference January 27, 2012 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant was one of several presenters who spoke at a conference held by the Rhode Island Family Court. Hundreds of social workers, DCYF employees and education leaders attended the conference, called "The Family Court, DCYF and the School: Putting Children First." The event, held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, focused on how system providers can collaborate to help victims of child abuse and/or neglect.
KIDS COUNT TV Show Focuses on Children's Health in RI January 20, 2012 - Watch the latest episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT cable television show. On the show, Dr. Daniel Kane, Dental Director at Saint Joseph Hospital's Pediatric Dental Center, and Dr. Carol Lewis, Pediatrician at Habro Children's Hospital, talked about their work, their recent receipt of Covering Kids awards and children's overall health in Rhode Island.
Interfaith Vigil Held at State House January 4, 2012 - 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.