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What's New

JULY 2016

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Welcomes a New Policy Analyst!

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to welcome Kara Foley to our team! Kara will cover policy analysis, research, and writing on a wide array of child welfare and juvenile justice issues.

Kara's previous experience includes serving as a Community Program Consultant with Adoption Rhode Island, a Research Health Science Specialist at the Providence VA Medical Center, and an MSW intern at both the Office of the Child Advocate and Adoption Rhode Island. She has a Master of Social Work with a Macro Concentration from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Simmons College. Kara can be reached at, or 401.351.9400, ext. 17.

2016 Legislative Wrap-Up Now Available!

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release the 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up, which reports on selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of early learning, education, economic well-being, health, and safety considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly's 2016 Legislative Session. For the full Legislative Wrap-Up, please click here.

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.

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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