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Rhode Island Candidates for Governor Meet and Greet

We're helping to spread the word that United Way of Rhode Island is hosting a Rhode Island Candidates for Governor Meet and Greet! Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to be a partner for this event along with The Economic Progress Institute​, HousingWorks RI, LISC Rhode Island, and Women​ United​.

Register today, and submit a question for consideration here. For additional information, please contact Travis Escobar, Project Manager, Public Policy at United Way of RI.


Register Today! Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon

Please join Rhode Island KIDS COUNT at our Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon & Presentation of Covering Kids Awards on November 19! Register on-line by November 9.


Join Our Team! Deputy Director Opening

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT thanks Jessy Donaldson for her dedicated service and leadership as Deputy Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Jessy is transitioning to the part-time position of Fund Development/ Research Analyst in order to continue contributing to the success of our mission while spending more time with her family. If you are interested in joining our team as Deputy Director, please see the job announcement. The deadline for applications is October 26.



New Report! Preparing Students for College and Career: Policies Supporting Student-Centered Learning in Rhode Island

This report provides an overview of Rhode Island policies that support student-centered learning and examines of how Rhode Island can support the expansion of student-centered learning practices and ensure that these opportunities are available for all students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and students in high-need communities. For more, please see the full report and media release.


New National Report! Opening Doors for Young Parents

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report highlighting the effect of becoming a parent as a teen or young adult. Opening Doors for Young Parents offers recommendations for policymakers to invest in ensuring these young families find pathways to success. 

Young parents are those who have children in their teens and early 20s. This report relies on data from an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, which found that there are about 3 million parents ages 18 to 24 in the United States. The survey also found that in the state of Rhode Island there are 6,000 parents ages 18 to 24. And in Rhode Island, 79 percent of children of young parents live in low-income families. For more, please see the full report and our Rhode Island-specific media release.


New Early Learning Fact Sheet: Focus on Reducing Chronic Early Absence

During the early elementary school years, children develop important academic and social-emotional skills and approaches to learning that are critical for school success. Students who are chronically absent from school during these early years miss opportunities to learn and develop positive relationships within the school community and are at risk of dropping out of high school. Please see our Fact Sheet: Focus on Reducing Chronic Early Absence for more!


New Census Data Shows: Rhode Island Ranked 3rd in Children’s Health Insurance Coverage; Child Poverty Continues to Decline

  • In 2017, 97.9% of Rhode Island children had health insurance. Rhode Island ranks 3rd among states for children's health coverage. 
  • In 2017, 16.6% of Rhode Island’s children lived in poverty in 2017, compared to 21.5% in 2013. 
  • For more information, please see the media release.

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


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