Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
The mission of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is to improve the health, safety, education, economic well-being, and development of Rhode Island's children.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT:
- Provides independent, credible, comprehensive information on Rhode Island's children.
- Uses that information to change or influence public policies and programs to improve children's lives.
- Provides information and strategies on "what works" and promotes best practices that will turn the curve on indicators of child well-being.
- Holds systems accountable and indicates where changes should be made to improve programs that don't work.
- Stimulates dialogue on children's issues and brings together individuals and organizations to develop strategies and solutions to improve children's lives.
- Engages in information-based advocacy to affect public policies and programs for the improvement of children's lives.
Founded in 1994, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is an outgrowth and expansion of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Project, initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was a program of the Rhode Island Foundation from 1994 to 1997, and became an independent nonprofit organization in 1997. The Rhode Island Foundation and the United Way of Rhode Island provide generous funding support to Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and work in close partnership with the organization on a wide variety of issues. Additional funding support is provided by several local and national foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations.