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What's New


Governor's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal Analysis

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has released our annual Budget Analysis: Governor's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal Items Affecting Children and Families


New Policy Brief: Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools

Regular physical activity has been shown to improve strength and endurance, help control weight, and prevent chronic disease. It has also been shown to improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores. Research also shows positive effects on the brain, including improved attention, processing, memory, and coping. Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools provides an overview of current practices and policies regarding physical activity in Rhode Island schools (including recess and physical education), and includes recommendations for promoting increased physical activity in schools. For more, please see the media release, event presentation, and event pictures.

Legislative Tracking and Testimony

Throughout the legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. Visit our Policy & Advocacy page to see which bills we are tracking and to read our testimony.


New Issue Brief: Young Children in the Child Welfare System

In Rhode Island and nationally, young children under age 6 are more likely to experience maltreatment (neglect or abuse) than older children. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships in the first years of life are fundamental for healthy brain development. Child maltreatment disrupts the development of the brain and biological systems, resulting in short-term harm and long-term negative outcomes. Young Children in the Child Welfare System provides an overview of child maltreatment, how the child welfare system responds to abuse and neglect, and includes recommendations for keeping children safe and meeting their developmental needs. For more, please see the media release, release event pictures, and coverage in: The Providence Journal, The Associated Press, and ABC 6 News.

The Factbook

The 2015 Factbook 

The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook tracks the progress of 71 indicators, across five areas of child well-being. View the 2015 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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