Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Special Publications

In addition to the annual Factbook, theFact Sheet series, Issue Brief series, our Presentations, and Data Tools, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT publishes other periodic publications on the well-being of Rhode Island children and families.  

Policy Brief: A Snapshot of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs in Rhode Island, March 2017

While no single factor is driving the increased prevalence of obesity in the United States, increasing physical activity is one strategy that can be taken along with others to help prevent and reduce the burden of child and adolescent obesity. However, too few children and youth are physically active for the recommended 60 minutes per day. A Snapshot of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs in Rhode Island reports on Rhode Island school personnel experience with the various components of comprehensive school physical activity programs, and provides recommendations for increasing physical activity in Rhode Island schools.

Rhode Island Children and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), February 2017 

For many years, our state and federal leaders have made a big investment in keeping kids healthy by increasing their access to health care coverage. Building on the success of RIte Care (Rhode Island’s Medicaid and CHIP Program), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) further helped children gain access to high-quality, affordable, comprehensive health and dental coverage. Please click here for a list of 16 items that are part of the ACA that directly benefit Rhode Island children. Please click here for the publication in Spanish.

Policy Brief: Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools, January 2016

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.

Next Steps for Rhode Island's Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families, 2015

Next Steps is a set of recommended policy priorities for Rhode Island infants, toddlers, and their families. Developed under the leadership of a public-private steering committee using input from more than 200 early childhood experts from across the state and technical assistance from Zero to Three, Next Steps has been endorsed by a variety of statewide planning groups, including the Rhode Island Early Learning Council and Successful Start.  The four policy focus areas are: Economic Security, Mental Health & Well-Being, Parenting & Family Support, and High-Quality Early Learning & Development Programs.

Help for Working and Unemployed Families Resource Sheet, May 2015

Many working and unemployed families in Rhode Island are eligible for services and benefits to help support their families. Programs such as health insurance (RIte Care), child care subsidies, tax credits (EITC), nutrition assistance (SNAP and WIC) and cash assistance (RI Works) are available to families with low or moderate incomes. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has published this resource in English  and Spanish to help working and unemployed Rhode Island families access these services and benefits. If you would like to order copies of these publications, please email to request them.

RIte Care Results

RIte Care is Rhode Island’s Medicaid/CHIP managed care program for children, parents and pregnant women. RIte Care offers quality, affordable health coverage to low-income and working Rhode Island families. Eligibility is based on household income and size. There are no monthly premiums for RIte Care coverage. Learn more about the RIte Care and how it is positively impacting the health of Rhode Island children and families through the following publications:

Rhode Island's Maternal and Child Home Visiting System Program Report, 2013

Rhode Island’s maternal and child home visiting system offers a variety of programs to families with young children across the state. Federal evidence-based Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs are designed to improve the health and development of children and families that are facing multiple challenges to success, including: poverty, teenage parenting, families with prior involvement in the child welfare system, and families struggling with chronic health and mental health issues.

Improving College Access and Success: Providence Youth Perspectives, October 2012

This special report summarizes the results of a series of focus groups conducted with Providence high school students to determine how schools and community agencies can best help students with the college application process.

Annie E. Casey Foundation National Reports

Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success - May 2015

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, focuses on the high number of children in care throughout the U.S. who are in “non-family placement settings” and discusses the poor outcomes for kids in congregate care.  In Rhode Island, 28% of the 1,803 children in foster care in 2013 were placed in non-family placement settings – that’s twice the national average. Rhode Island has the second highest ranking of children placed in non-family placement settings.  

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


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