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JUNE 2016

RI Among “Most Improved” States for Child Well-Being in New National Report

The 2016 annual national KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state report on children’s well-being issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that Rhode Island ranks 27th in the nation for overall child well-being, up from a ranking of 31st last year. For more, please see the full report, RI data profile, and media release.

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.

MAY 2016

Summit on Early Education and Care

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo's Summit on Early Education and Care was held, focused on creating opportunities for Rhode Island's youngest learners from birth through age 8. Keynote remarks were provided by Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Former Director of Washington State's Department of Early Learning.  For more information, please see event picturesThe Providence Journal coverage, highlights from table discussions (strengths and areas for action), and the following presentations:

The Summit was coordinated through a partnership among the Governor's Office, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. 

Youth and Gun Violence: Strategies for Prevention

On Wednesday, May 4, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor David Hemenway and Congressman David Cicilline addressed “Youth and Gun Violence: Strategies for Prevention” at the annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child and Youth Behavior and Development, sponsored by Brown University and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Following Professor Hemenway's keynote remarks, Congressman David Cicilline offered his perspective. For more information, please see Professor Hemenway's presentation, and our media release.

APRIL 2016

2016 Factbook released on April 11!

The 2016 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook was released on Monday, April 11, 2016 at our 22nd annual Factbook Breakfast. To view the Factbook, please click here. To order a hard copy, please use the order form. For more information, please see the media release/executive summary, media coverage, and event pictures.

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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