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Rhode Island's children since 1994
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What's New

JUNE 2018

New Issue Brief - Working Parents, Child Care, and Paid Family Leave

Working Parents, Child Care, and Paid Family Leave in Rhode Island includes data and research on low-income working families as well as provide a deeper analysis of three key policies – child care assistance, paid family leave, and earned sick leave – that promote family economic security and children’s development and school readiness. The Issue Brief also includes recommendations on how to improve these policies to best support low-income working parents and their young children in Rhode Island. For more, please see the media releaserelease event Twitter activity, release event pictures, and Providence Journal coverage.

MAY 2018

Strolling Thunder Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, in partnership with ZERO TO THREE, organized a major advocacy event to bring approximately 40 Rhode Island families with babies and toddlers to the State House. Strolling Thunder Rhode Island took place on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Please see the fantastic event pictures, Twitter activity, Capitol TV clipmedia release, and Kidoinfo coverage!


Strolling Thunder™ is the flagship advocacy event of the Think Babies™ campaign, part of a national campaign designed to bring attention to the many issues that affect what babies and families need to thrive. This year our focus is on the importance of high-quality child care for infants and toddlers.


The Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child and Youth Behavior and Development 

On Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Professor Arnold Sameroff keynoted the annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child and Youth Behavior and Development at Brown University. This year's topic was "Creating Positive Futures: Resilience Starts in Infancy." Discussants were Dr. Susan Dickstein and Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, and the event is free and open to the public. Please see the media release for more information.

APRIL 2018

A Family for Every Child Luncheon

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT convened state and national child welfare leaders at its first A Family for Every Child Luncheon on Monday, April 30, 2018. The convening focused on the importance of caring for children and youth in families, rather than in group and residential facilities — with foster families receiving the supports they need to be successful. For more information, please see the data presentation, media release, event pictures, and Providence Journal coverage.

The Factbook

The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook tracks the progress of 71 Indicators, across five areas of child well-being. View the 2018 Rhode Island Kids Count 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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