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2017 Legislative Wrap-Up Now Available!

The 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, child care and early childhood education, K-12 education, college access, health, and safety that were considered during the 2017 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly, including those items handled during the special September session. We hope this is a helpful resource as you gear up for the next Legislative Session.


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.

Rhode Island Reads Partner Meeting

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, United Way of Rhode Island and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT welcomed state leaders and community partners to Rhode Island College to discuss strategies to improve 3rd grade reading success. For more, please see the data presentation, event pictures, and Rhode Island Reads website.

Since 2015 when the Rhode Island Reads campaign was launched, 3rd grade reading proficiency has increased from 37% to 40% of students. More needs to be done to accelerate progress. Students who do not read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma. The goal of the campaign is to double the number of the state’s 3rd graders are reading at grade level by 2025.


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.

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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