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New Issue Brief: Preventing Bullying in Rhode Island Schools

Bullying behavior is a social, educational, and health problem that affects many children and adolescents in Rhode Island and in the U.S. Youth involved in bullying can experience higher rates of mental health problems, aggression, suicide, drug use, school absence, physical health problems, and cognitive functioning during childhood and adolescence as well as into adulthood. For more, please see the full Issue Brief, data presentationmedia release, Twitter activity, and event pictures.


Annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon

More than 225 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for the sixteenth annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon on November 14, 2016 to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children — including the 10th anniversary of RIte Smiles, Rhode Island’s managed care dental insurance for low-income children. For more, please see our data presentation, media release, Twitter activity, and event pictures.


Newport Convenes for Children

At a special two-part event on October 4, 2016, Newport community members convened to discuss the well-being of local children and families through the annual Data in Your Backyard presentation, and celebrated the launch of the Newport Grade-Level Reading Campaign. To learn more, please see the event presentationmedia release, and event pictures.



New Issue Brief on Early Education Financing

The first five years in a child’s life are crucial to their success in school. Children begin learning at birth and brain development proceeds rapidly in early childhood. Disparities in learning based on access to enriched experiences and environments begin to appear in the first years of life and, without intervention, grow over time. To learn about access to and financing of high-quality early learning opportunities in Rhode Island, please see Investing in the Future: Financing Early Education & Care in Rhode Island, the event presentation, and our media release.


The Factbook

The 2016 Factbook 

The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook tracks the progress of 71 indicators, across five areas of child well-being. View the 2016 Factbook

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.


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