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Please see the description here. Applications due December 8, 2017.

Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon

More than 200 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered on November 6, 2017 for the seventeenth annual Celebration of Children’s Health Luncheon to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children — including the fact that Rhode Island is now ranked third best in the nation for children’s health coverage. In 2016, 98.1% of Rhode Island children under age 18 had health coverage! For more, please see the media releasedata presentation, and event pictures.


New Issue Brief: Adolescents in the Child Welfare System in Rhode Island

This Issue Brief presents data and analysis on adolescents in the child welfare system, including maltreatment and trauma, supports specifically for teens, and issues related to youth exiting the child welfare system through aging out or achieving permanency. The report also includes recommendations to best support adolescents in the child welfare system, to ensure healthy development and a healthy transition to adulthood. For more, please see the media release, WPRI coverage, and Providence Journal coverage.

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Latino and African-American children face systemic barriers to healthy development in Rhode Island. That’s a key takeaway from a report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children compares how children of different racial and ethnic groups are faring across the country on key indicators of children’s opportunities at the state and national level. This report provides detailed data on disparities by race and ethnicity that must be closed in order to improve outcomes for all children and also includes recommendations to policymakers on addressing the specific barriers immigrant children and children of immigrants face. For more information, please see the media release.

Engaging Students in Their Own Learning: Rhode Island Youth Perspectives (Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in partnership with Young Voices)

All information provided in this report is based on the results of six focus groups and represents the views of 56 students at seven public high schools in Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Providence, Rhode Island. The report provides youth perspectives on what teaching and learning looks like in schools currently, what experiences students have had with more student centered approaches to learning, and how schools could better engage students in their own learning and prepare them for success in college and careers. For more, please see the media release, Providence Journal coverage, and RI Public Radio coverage.

New Issue Brief! Preventing Youth Tobacco Use in RI

Preventing Youth Tobacco Use in Rhode Island presents detailed rates of youth cigarette, tobacco product, and e-cigarette use in Rhode Island, risk factors for youth tobacco and e-cigarette use, an overview of tobacco control programs and policies, as well as recommendations for eliminating youth tobacco use and their use of new products such as e-cigarettes. Please see the release event presentationmedia release and event pictures.

The Factbook

The 2017 Factbook 

The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook tracks the progress of 72 indicators, across five areas of child well-being. View the 2017 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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