New at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
- Annual Celebration of Children’s Health: Celebrating 20 Years of RIte Care and Presentation of Covering Kids Awards
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its 14th annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon on November 24, 2014 at the Providence Marriott. The luncheon brought community leaders, elected officials, advocates, and health care experts together to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. This event also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of RIte Care, Rhode Island’s health insurance program for children and families with low and moderate incomes. Covering Kids Awards were presented to several community leaders and elected officials, and the RIte Care Results report was released. For more information, please see the media release, presentation, event pictures, and RIte Care Results.
Please see the following media coverage of RIte Care Results:
- Kids Count Says RIte Care Works, But Improvements Needed...RINPR
- NEWS: Rhode Island Kids Count celebrates 20 years of RIte Care...630 WPRO
- Kids Count: R.I. behind other states in providing health insurance for children...Providence Business News
- Health focus: Trending away from ‘elective deliveries’...The Providence Journal
- Kids and families in the middle of the table...ConvergenceRI
- New Report on Child and Adolescent Obesity in Rhode Island released!
On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief, Child and Adolescent Obesity in Rhode Island. Highlights of the report include:
• New district-level information presented on positive health habits of Rhode Island students
• New city/town-level information presented on environmental and social measures relating to obesity
For more information, please see the Issue Brief, media release and release event pictures.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Warwick event
At the Warwick Data in Your Backyard event on October 23, 2014, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Warwick child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
- Reading, math proficiency rates above the state average
- Low percentage of students in full-day kindergarten
- Nutrition assistance programs reaching many Warwick children
For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Central Falls event
At the Central Falls Data in Your Backyard event on October 20, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Central Falls child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
- Central Falls using proven strategies to ensure that children have access to School Breakfast
- Largest improvement in high school graduation rate in the state since 2007
- High rates of poverty, extreme poverty, and chronic absenteeism persist
For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
- New Child Welfare Fact Sheet on Adoption
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released an updated Child Welfare Fact Sheet, Focus on Adoption, which provides data and information about children adopted from foster care in Rhode Island. The Fact Sheet gives an overview of adoption issues and makes recommendations on how to improve permanency outcomes for children waiting to be adopted from foster care.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT makes data local at Newport event
At the Newport Data in Your Backyard event on October 7, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Newport child and family well-being. A few data trends discussed at the event:
- Reading and math skills among Newport students decline after a period of improvement
- High rates of chronic absenteeism, Newport Public Schools working hard to address the issue
- High school graduation rate has decreased in recent years
For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
- TRI-Lab, RI KIDS COUNT & Ready to Learn Symposium
On Thursday, October 2, Dr. Adele Diamond, an international expert on child development and education issues, and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, joined over 200 scientists, policy makers, teachers and child care professionals at a symposium aimed at improving the health, educational performance, and well-being of Rhode Island’s children. Dr. Diamond provided the keynote address for the day-long event, which investigated how young children develop “executive function skills.” The symposium was jointly sponsored by several of the core participants in the Lab, including Brown University, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and Ready to Learn Providence. Please click for: the TRI-Lab Healthy Early Childhood Development Policy Brief, Dr. Diamond's presentation, the press release, event pictures, and ConvergenceRI article.
- Alert: All Families Needing to Renew RIte Care Coverage Can Act Now
From now until the end of this year, 42,000 families - including around 80,000 children - need to renew their RIte Care coverage. These are families whose last RIte Care renewal occurred in 2013. They need to renew through a new system and provide all information as if this were a new application.
All families needing to renew are now able to act now, and don't need to wait for a renewal notice from the state. Help encourage families to renew now by sharing our NEW bilingual flyer (English & Spanish). To view more resources - including social media content, a navigator contact list, and more - please click here.
Please note that renewal deadlines are still in effect - each month, families will receive a renewal notice from the state informing them of their deadline. Families must meet this deadline to avoid losing their health coverage. For more information on this renewal process, please click here.
- New Data Released on Childhood Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage (Nationwide and in Rhode Island)
The U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey on September 18, 2014. Data highlights include:
- More than one in five (21.5%) Rhode Island children lived in poverty in 2013, ranking 27th in the nation
- With 5.4% of Rhode Island children lacking health insurance coverage in 2013, Rhode Island ranks 16th in the nation
- For more information and data, please see our press release.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Woonsocket event
At the Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard event on September 12, 2014, Policy Analyst John Neubauer presented community-level data on Woonsocket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
- This fall, Full-Day Kindergarten was restored in Woonsocket
- Woonsocket has seen increased rates of School Breakfast Program participation
- Woonsocket has the highest rate of child abuse & neglect in Rhode Island
For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
- Free Webinar: How to Help with RIte Care Renewals
Listen to a webinar for community partners on how you can help families renew their RIte Care coverage. Please click here for the webinar, recorded on September 8, 2014.
The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is a joint initiative of the Economic Progress Institute and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
- Our 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up: Now Available
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release the 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up, which reports on selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of early learning, education, economic well-being, health, and safety considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly's 2014 Legislative Session.
- National Report - RI Ranks 26th in Nation for Overall Child Well-Being
The 25th edition KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state report on children’s well-being issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that Rhode Island ranks 26th in the nation for overall child well-being (1st is the best and 50th is the worst). State rankings are based on an index of 16 indicators in four key areas: Health, Education, Economic Well-Being, and Family and Community. For more information please see the Data Book, Rhode Island's Profile, and our press release about the report & findings.
- New Report on Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island released!
On Monday, June 30, 2014, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new report, Juvenile Justice in Rhode Island, which covers the juvenile justice system in RI, juvenile justice trends over the past decade, RI youth currently involved in the system, and best practices for improving youth outcomes & community safety. For more information, please see the media release and release event pictures.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Providence event
At the Providence Data in Your Backyard event on June 27, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Providence child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
• Providence has seen decreases in teen birth rate and infants born at risk, but has the highest rate of delayed prenatal care in the state
• School Breakfast participation is up across Providence
• There have been improvements in several key education outcomes
For more, please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Makes Data local at Pawtucket event
At the Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard event on June 13, 2014, Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented community-level data on Pawtucket child and family well-being. Some data highlights from the event:
• Pawtucket has seen decreased chronic absence and suspensions
• The Pawtucket teen birth rate has decreased, and fewer Pawtucket infants are being born at highest risk
• Despite Universal School Breakfast, Pawtucket student participation is still low
Please see the press release, presentation, and event pictures for more information.
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT supports juvenile justice reform at federal Senate hearing
On Monday, June 9, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse held a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing in Pawtucket that focused on the best ways to reform the juvenile justice system. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant was invited to testify along with Chief Judge Haiganush Bedrosian and Osbert Duoa. A copy of her testimony in support of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is available here. For more information, please see the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange coverage of the hearing.
- New Child Welfare Fact Sheet on Restoring Foster Care to Age 21
In Rhode Island, foster children age out of foster care on their 18th birthday. Check out our new Child Welfare Fact Sheet to learn why extending this to age 21 is beneficial for Rhode Islanders, federal support for extending foster care, and our recommendations for restoring foster care to age 21.
- New Resource - Help for Working Families
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 released a fact sheet in English and Spanish, to help working and unemployed Rhode Island families access these services and benefits. If you would like hard copies of the publications, please email email@example.com.
On May 20, The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project hosted a workshop about current health coverage options for Rhode Islanders under the Affordable Care Act (RIte Care/Medicaid and HealthSource RI). Topics covered included the Affordable Care Act, recent coverage gains, the enrollment process going forward, and health care options for the uninsured. For more information, please see the workshop presentation slides, and the following meeting materials:
- Health Coverage: How Did RI Do? What Now? Workshop Materials
- Health care options for the uninsured
- Health coverage for former foster youth
- The Rhode Island Free Clinic
- The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project
- The Rhode Island State Premium Assistance Program: Overview and Application
- Special Enrollment Periods for HealthSourceRI
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters - on Thursday May 8, 2014. Please see the press release and event pictures.
- Special Report on Grade-Level Reading Released at Policy Roundtable on May 8, 2014
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, provided remarks. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller and Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings.
TeethFirst! partnership with Reach Out and Read Rhode Island
For National Children's Dental Health Month, TeethFirst! partnered with Reach Out and Read Rhode Island (RORRI) to feature Usborne Book’s “Going to the Dentist” as the monthly RORRI title. As a participating RORRI site, pediatric sites/doctors give out books during regular well-child visits. 4,500 copies will be shared with these patients ages 6 months - 5 years around the state.
This partnership with RORRI will include a message reinforcing the importance of dental visits and early literacy. Along with the shipment of books, each RORRI site will receive a letter introducing TeethFirst! and the many resources available as part of the initiative; and each book has a sticker on the inside cover for parents and family members, encouraging them to visit www.teethfirstri.org to learn more. TeethFirst! and RORRI are excited about this partnership, working with our state's pediatric providers to help educate families about the importance of dental visits and early literacy! Please click here to read more.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT releases State Budget Analysis Read Rhode Island KIDS COUNT’s Budget Analysis of Governor Chafee's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which includes many items that will affect the well-being of Rhode Island's children and families.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosts 20th Anniversary Special Kick-Off Luncheon with Marian Wright EdelmanRhode Island KIDS COUNT kicked off its 20th Anniversary with a Special Luncheon featuring remarks by Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund.
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.
For more, please see pictures from the event, video from RI State Capitol TV, audio from Latino Public Radio, as well as Providence Journal coverage.
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases New Report: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States
The national Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report, Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, highlighting fourth grade reading proficiency rates over a ten-year period in the United States. Data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) revealed that all but six states have made progress in improving reading proficiency rates from 2003 to 2013.
Despite this improvement, two-thirds of all children in the United States are still not reading proficiently by the time they reach fourth grade. The biggest gains in reading proficiency were in Rhode Island, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. In 2003, 71% of Rhode Island fourth graders were reading below proficiency as measured by the NAEP. By 2013, this percentage had improved by 13% (or 9 percentage points) and 62% were reading below proficiency.
Video: In-depth discussion of poverty Tune in to the January 2014 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show, hosted by Elizabeth Burke Bryant, for an in-depth discussion on poverty with Lisa Roth Blackman from Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Jennifer Watkins from Crossroads Rhode Island, and Maxine Richman from the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty.
In the Press: Math Proficiency and Postsecondary SuccessRhode Island KIDS COUNT is a member of the Longitudinal Data Analysis (LDA) Committee, a group of stakeholders that has been working with the Rhode Island Department of Education and Office of Higher Education to conduct research on the links between high school math proficiency and Rhode Island students’ postsecondary success. The results of this research were presented to the Rhode Island Board of Education on January 13, 2014. For more information, see the full data story, summary slides, or article in The Providence Journal.
50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty January 8, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty (declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State of the Union Address). Today, 15 percent of all Amercians live in poverty.
In Rhode Island, poverty remains a critical issue. Between 2009 and 2011, 19.4% (42,550) of Rhode Island’s 219,479 children lived in poverty. In the four core cities of Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket, more than one in four (25%) children live below the poverty threshold. Children in poverty, especially those who experience poverty in early childhood and for extended periods, are more likely to have physical and behavioral health problems, experience difficulty in school, become teen parents and earn less or be unemployed as adults.
Programs such as SNAP and the School Breakfast Program help low-income children gain access to nutritious meals for healthy cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
For more information, please see the following indicators from the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook:
- Children in Poverty
- Children Receiving SNAP Benefits
- Children Participating in School Breakfast
Interfaith Vigil Held at State House
January 8, 2014 - Dozens of religious leaders, elected officials and community members gathered at the State House for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's annual Interfaith Vigil to Reduce Poverty. The vigil brought together leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Please click here for pictures from the event.
New Child Welfare Factsheet on Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster YouthRhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release its latest publication in the Child Welfare Factsheet series, Focus on New Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth. The report includes the estimated number of former foster youth eligible for health coverage in Rhode Island in 2014, as well as recommendations for outreach and enrollment. Please click here to see previous Child Welfare Factsheets.
RIte Care Alert: Latest Update on Parent Health CoverageThe RIte Care eligibility limit for parents was "rolled back" from 175% FPL ($34,177 for a family of 3) to 138% FPL ($26,951) on December 31, 2013.
To ensure continuity of coverage, the State auto-enrolled affected parents in the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Value Plan through HealthSource RI, with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. The State also paid the parent's entire premium amount for the month of January. To keep health insurance coverage after January, parents need to apply for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI.
For more information on what parents need to know and what parents need to do now, please click here. For information on the State premium assistance program, please visit the EOHHS website.
Note re: children with RIte Care: Children enrolled in RIte Care will keep their coverage (there is no income eligibility change for children). And beginning January 2014, families will no longer need to pay a monthly premium for their children covered by RIte Care.
Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities discussed on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
For the December 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show, Dr. Yvette Yatchmink (Hasbro Children's Hospital) and Eileen Howard Boone (CVS Caremark) joined host Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss young children with developmental delays and disabilities, developmental screenings, and the importance of high-quality intervention and education programs.
Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island Issue Brief released at Grad Nation Summit on November 25, 2013
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island – at the Providence Grad Nation Summit attended by policy makers, education leaders, state agencies, business leaders, youth, and other community members. The Grad Nation Summit focused on increasing the high school graduation rate and is part of the America’s Promise Alliance national initiative to hold 100 summits across the country in the next four years. The Summit was co-hosted by the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, RI Department of Education, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; and was held on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street. For more information, please see the media release and event photos.
Central Falls Data in Your Backyard Presentation
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored the Central Falls Data in Your Backyard presentation with the Central Falls School Department on November 21, 2013. For more information, please see the press release, pictures, and event presentation.
Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities Released at Policy Roundtable on November 15, 2013
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Young Children with Developmental Delays & Disabilities – at a policy roundtable held at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Please see the event pictures, and press release.
Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings, and welcoming remarks were provided by: Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; Eileen Howard Boone, CVS Caremark; and Timothy Babineau, MD, Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital. Speakers included Yvette Yatchmink, MD, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Michael Fine, MD, RI Department of Health; Janice DeFrances, RI Department of Children, Youth & Families; David Abbott, RI Department of Education; and Deborah Florio, RI Executive Office of Health & Human Services.
Warwick Data in Your Backyard Presentation
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored the Warwick Data in Your Backyard presentation with the Warwick Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse on November 14, 2013. For more information, please see the press release, pictures, and event presentation.
Young Voices featured on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
For the November 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show, Karen Feldman (Executive Director) and Julian Santiago (Student, Co-Chair of the Board) of Young Voices joined host Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss their work with youth in Rhode Island.
Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
November 4, 2013 - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT held its 13th annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon on November 4, 2013 at the Providence Marriott. The luncheon brought leaders together to celebrate the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. Covering Kids Awards were presented to several community leaders and elected officials, and the RIte Care Results report was released. Click for the news release, presentation, event pictures, and Providence Business News interview with Elizabeth Burke Bryant about children's health in Rhode Island.
Early Dental Visits featured on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
For the October 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show, Dr. Shreekrishna Akilesh, DMD (St. Joseph Health Services Pediatric Dental Center) and Gwen Dominick, RDH (RI Dental Hygienists' Association) joined Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Deputy Director Jill Beckwith to discuss early childhood dental visits, at-home dental care for children, and the TeethFirst! initiative.
Home Visiting Report Released
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release the 2013 Maternal and Child Home Visiting System Program Report, which provides an overview of the emerging system of home visiting programs serving families with young children in Rhode Island. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT compiled this report and works with state partners to advocates for expansion of evidence-based programs that improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
The effort to establish and sustain the home visiting system has involved strong cross-agency partnerships and funding support from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Newport Data in Your Backyard
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored our Newport Data in Your Backyard presentation with Newport Partnership for Families on October 1, 2013.
If you missed the event, you can view the presentation here and the Newport City/Town sheet here.
Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT co-sponsored our Woonsocket Data in Your Backyard presentation with Connecting for Children & Families on September 25, 2013.
If you missed the event, you can view the presentation here and the Woonsocket City/Town sheet here.
New Data on the Extent of Child Poverty in Rhode Island based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) Released on September 19
- Almost one in five (19.5%) of Rhode Island’s children was living in poverty in 2012
- Rhode Island’s child poverty rate had been steadily increasing since 2008, but now seems to be stabilizing
- Rhode Island ranked 5th best in New England and 22nd best nationally for child poverty
For more, please see our press release.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) on Sept. 17
- Rhode Island’s three-year percentage of uninsured children between 2010-2012 was 6.0%
- Rhode Island ranks 10th best in the country for the number of insured children
- Slightly more than one-third of children in RI are covered through RIte Care
- The percentage of children in Rhode Island covered by their parents’ employer-sponsored health coverage was 61.8% in 2010-2012
- For more, please see our press release
Launch of TeethFirst! - Early Dental Visit Campaign
On September 11, 2013, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT participated in the launch of TeethFirst!, a new bilingual early dental visit campaign and initiative. The focus of TeethFirst! is on promoting early dental visits and increasing oral health literacy among families, health care providers, and community organizations. It is a project of the Rhode Island Oral Health Commission (OHC), with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT serving as the lead agency and project manager. For more, please see:
- www.TeethFirstRI.org (English site)
- www.Primerolosdientesri.org (Spanish site)
- The launch event presentation
- The launch event pictures
Statewide Forum on Sept 30: Understanding Fathers and Mothers of Young Children in High-Poverty Neighborhoods
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Rhode Island Department of Health are hosting a Statewide Forum on Monday, September 30, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Providence Marriott (Orms Street) to hear keynote speaker Timothy Nelson from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University discuss his bold, on-the-ground research with low-income fathers in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Nelson’s research with co-author Kathryn Edin is shaping current policy conversations about fatherhood, motherhood and marriage among the urban poor. The morning will also include an update and discussion about Rhode Island's Home Visiting System for vulnerable families. Breakfast will be served. Space is limited so please register online here by September 23, 2013. Please contact Jennifer Capaldo with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Back to School!
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month. To learn more about Rhode Island-specific information, please see the following indicators from the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook:
- Public School Enrollment and Demographics: the total number of students enrolled in Rhode Island public schools on October 1, 2012
- Chronic Early Absence: percentage of children in kindergarten through third grade (K-3) who have missed 10% of the school year, including excused and unexcused absences
- School Attendance: average daily attendance of public school students in each school district in Rhode Island for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12)
2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to release the 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up, which reports on selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children in the areas of economic well-being, health, safety, early learning, and education considered in the Rhode Island General Assembly's 2013 Legislative Session.
New Factsheet Released: Focus on Adoption
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has released a new Child Welfare Factsheet, Focus on Adoption, which provides data and information on children adopted from the foster care system in Rhode Island. The Factsheet includes information on adoptive families in Rhode Island, and provides recommendations on how child welfare systems can promote permanency through adoption.
Summer Learning Programs featured on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
For the June 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show, Annmarie Sawyer of the Greater Providence Y, and Adam Greenman of Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance joined Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss summer learning programs for Rhode Island children and youth.
National KIDS COUNT Data Book Released
The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the national 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual comprehensive state-by-state report on children's well-being. The report finds that Rhode Island ranks 26th in the nation for overall child well-being (1st is the best and 50th is the worst); please click here for the Rhode Island press release. State-by-state rankings and supplemental data are now available in the newly redesigned KIDS COUNT Data Center at www.datacenter.kidscount.org.
Improving College Access and Completion in Rhode Island Issue Brief Released at Policy Roundtable on Thursday, June 20, 2013
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its latest Issue Brief - Improving College Access and Completion in Rhode Island - at a policy roundtable co-hosted by Opportunity Nation on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Policy Analyst Stephanie Geller presented the findings, and speakers included Deborah Gist, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Education; Ray DiPasquale, Commissioner of Higher Education; Eva-Marie Mancuso, Chair, Rhode Island Board of Education and Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Please see the Issue Brief, press release, photo album, and Providence Journal coverage.
Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard presentation included highlights of improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth in Pawtucket, based on the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. The presentation was brought to the community in partnership with the Pawtucket School Department Child Opportunity Zone, and was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Click to view the press release, presentation, and photos.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT launches City/Town Tuesdays
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to announce the launch of “City/Town Tuesdays,” a weekly online initiative that will share data and information about the well-being of children in one city or town in Rhode Island. City/Town Tuesdays provide a statistical profile of the featured city/town across five subject areas: Family and Community, Economic Well-Being, Health, Safety, and Education. Community-level data will be shared, along with state-level data.
Each Tuesday, beginning June 11, 2013, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will highlight a different Rhode Island city or town on their website, Twitter (@RIKidsCount - #CityTownTuesRI) and Facebook (Rhode Island KIDS COUNT).
Providence Data in Your Backyard held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Providence Data in Your Backyard presentation included highlights of improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth in Providence, based on the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. The presentation was brought to the community in partnership with Providence’s Children and Youth Cabinet, and was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Gilbert Stuart Middle School. Click to view the presentation, press release, and photo gallery.
Teen births in Rhode Island, US fall to record low
According to newly released CDC report, the number of babies born to RI teenagers dropped 27% between 2007 and 2011. The largest decrease in RI was observed among non-Hispanic black residents at 41%, which was one of the three largest decreases in the country during this time period. Teen births fell by 26% among non-Hispanic white Rhode Islanders and by 30% among Hispanic residents. Nationally, the overall rate declined 25% — a record low.
Help for Working and Unemployed Families Resource Sheet Released
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 released a fact sheet in English and Spanish, to help working and unemployed Rhode Island families access these services and benefits. Please click here for the order form.
COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE: An Interactive Workshop on Health Care Reform in Rhode Island held on May 22, 2013
The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project hosted a workshop about Affordable Care Act implementation in Rhode Island for staff of community organizations who help connect people to health coverage. Workshop materials: Agenda, Contact Sheet, Family Resource Directory, Health Coverage Project Presentation, RI Health Benefits Exchange Presentation, RI Health Benefits Exchange Letter to the Community, RI Health Benefits Exchange FAQ, RI Health Coverage Project Overview, Who is the ACA Helping in RI. For the RIte Care Materials, please click here.
Let's Get It Right: Improving Outcomes for Babies & Toddlers in Child Welfare Summit to be held on May 20, 2013
The Let’s Get it Right Summit was held on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Children's Friend in Providence, RI. The Summit was hosted in partnership with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and brought together service providers, educators, corporate and community partners, and policymakers dedicated to improving the outcomes of all young children in child welfare.
The RI Interfaith Coalition Fifth Annual Conference to Reduce Poverty Conference held on May 13, 2013
The 5th Annual Conference to Reduce Poverty was held on Monday, May 13 from 7:30am to 2:30pm at Rhode Island College. The Conference brought together faith and community leaders to discuss ways to reduce poverty in Rhode Island, and features keynote speaker Erik Stegman, Manager Of Half in Ten At the Center for American Progress.
2013 Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture held on May 2, 2013
The 2013 Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture on Child and Youth Behavior Development, sponsored by Brown University's Center for the Study of Human Development and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, was held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m at Brown University Salomon 001.
This year's presentation, "Reflections on Race, Child Development and School Reform" was given by James Comer, MD. Dr. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, and has been a Yale medical faculty member since 1968. Discussants were Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education; and Gigi DiBello, MEd, Head of School, Sophia Academy.
In the News
Elizabeth Burke Bryant of RI Kids Count attended the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education...Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News
R.I. receives federal grant to expand prekindergarten programs...Providence Business News
R.I. receives federal grant to increase pre-K program sites...The Providence Journal
R.I. Kids Count director to participate in White House education summit...The Providence Journal
The RI High Schools with the Most Absentee Students...GoLocalProv
Kids and families in the middle of the table...ConvergenceRI
PolitiFact: Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza says Providence has same median income as Mississippi...The Providence Journal
Kids Count Says RIte Care Works, But Improvements Needed...RINPR
NEWS: Rhode Island Kids Count celebrates 20 years of RIte Care...630 WPRO
Kids Count: R.I. behind other states in providing health insurance for children...Providence Business News
Health focus: Trending away from ‘elective deliveries’...The Providence Journal
R.I. boasts high rate of overweight adolescents...The Brown Daily Herald
West Warwick program seeks to recruit mentors for students...Cranston Herald
Report: Job training needed to lift families out of poverty...Providence Business News
Advice From State Leaders For Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo...RINPR
The RI High Schools with the Most Depressed Students...GoLocalProv
Obesity Down In Younger RI Kids, Unchanged In High Schoolers...RINPR
Rhode Island Kids Count says childhood obesity leveling off or declining...Providence Business News
Report: State ranks low in number of overweight adolescents, higher for teens...The Providence Journal
Data on city kids highlights advances, areas to improve...Warwick Beacon
Kids Count points out school areas of concern…Newport Daily News
Adele Diamond shares her vision of healthy early childhood development...ConvergenceRI
TRI-Lab hosts symposium on early childhood development...Brown University
Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools…The Standard-Times
Publick Occurrences panelists offer ideas to help R.I.'s struggling middle class...The Providence Journal
Chronic absenteeism a statewide issue…The Narragansett Times
Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools...The Standard-Times
Report: 19% of poor K-3 students missed at least 18 days of school last year...Channel 12
Report: High absenteeism among kindergarteners...The Associated Press
Chronic absenteeism remains a problem, says Rhode Island Kids Count...Providence Business News
Report Highlights Chronic Absenteeism...RINPR
The social determinants of chronic school absenteeism...ConvergenceRI
Chronic absenteeism a formula for failure, R.I. Kids Count emphasizes...The Providence Journal
Data can drive better decisions in R.I....The Providence Journal
Attendance workshop brings districts, community partners together...Warwick Beacon
Study Finds Best States for Raising Black Children Hardly Have Any...GoLocalProv
Brian Gallogly: Over 20 years, Rite Care’s brilliant success…The Providence Journal
R.I. Foundation perpetuates cycle of giving…Providence Business News
Anna Cano-Morales and Kelly Donnell: R.I. school demographics are changing…The Providence Journal
Cranston's Efforts to Boost School Attendance in Focus at Workshop...Cranston Patch
Turning Rhode Island Around: A Town Meeting...Channel 10
Study: R.I. ranks No. 26 for child well-being...Providence Business News
DCYF weighs closing city office...The Woonsocket Call
BankRI, Books Are Wings give 2,000 books to students...Providence Business News
Hundreds of families could lose insurance...The Providence Journal
If kids could vote...ConvergenceRI
RI KIDS COUNT Policy Change...Opportunity Nation blog
R.I. toymaker Hasbro, Year Up launch new jobs program for disadvantaged...The Providence Journal
Rhode Island ranks in middle on kids’ well-being…Channel 12
Rhode Island ranks in middle on kids' well-being…Channel 10
Interview: Elizabeth Burke Bryant from RI Kids Count…Channel 12
Rhode Island Kids Rank 26th In Well-Being...Rhode Island Public Radio
Economy taking toll on R.I. children...The Providence Journal
Rhode Island Ranked in Bottom Half of Country in 'Kids Count' Report...Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch
Avoiding detention...The Providence Journal
DCYF: Spike in children removed from homes...The Providence Journal
Juvenile arrest rate falls in RI; Cranston sees decline...Johnston Sunrise
Juvenile arrest rate falls in RI; Cranston sees decline...Cranston Herald
Programs aid decline of youth crime...Warwick Beacon
Youth crime drops sharply in R.I., report shows...The Providence Journal
RI KIDS COUNT: RI Juvenile Arrest Rate Down 56% since 1995...GoLocalProv
Superlatives 2014: Hall of Fame Edition ...Providence Monthly
OP-ED: JJDPA Reauthorization’s Time Has (Finally!) Come...Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Providence students credited with persuading School Board to change bus pass policy...The Providence Journal
Nourishing the brains of children and parents...ConvergenceRI
Community needs a new vision to fight income disparity...The Jewish Voice
Anti-poverty activist Sister Simone Campbell says R.I. could be ‘petri dish’ for change...The Providence Journal
Calculating the costs, excluding the benefits...ConvergenceRI
R.I. Supreme Court rejects appeal on state education funding formula...The Providence Journal
Too many students fail to graduate...Newport Daily News
Middle school cuts absenteeism almost in half...Newport Daily News
Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?...GoLocalProv
Keeping count is important to kids…Warwick Beacon
The Power of Data-Driven Politics...GoLocalProv
Positive trends in Factbook on RI’s kids...Cranston Herald
Positive trends seen in report on kids...Johnston Sunrise
Positive trends in new data of kids...The Warwick Beacon
The good, the bad, and the urgent...ConvergenceRI
Kids Count’s 20th Factbook: 20% of RI Youth Living in Poverty...GoLocalProv
Kids Count's 20th Factbook: 20% of RI Youth Living in Poverty...News Radio 920
Factbook shows progress, challenges for R.I. children...Providence Business News
Kids Count: R.I. gains ground in schools, health...The Providence Journal
Kids Count Factbook Finds Minority Children Still Disproportionately At Risk...Rhode Island Public Radio
Positive data seen in child review...The Westerly Sun
Homeless children pay a high price...Newport Daily News
Study: R.I.’s Asian, Hispanic children score below U.S. average on developmental milestones...Providence Business News
Study: Asian, Hispanic youths in Rhode Island lag nation...The Providence Journal
ACLU finds racial gap in R.I. student suspensions...Brown Daily Herald
Focus is on effects of youth homelessness...Newport Daily News
Jim Vincent: Rhode Island should do more to diversify its teacher workforce...The Providence Journal
Public schools face rising cost of educating children with autism...NBC 10
Lab’s research a community effort...Providence Business News
Suspensions at R.I. schools down; rates for minority students disproportionately high...The Providence Journal
New group to help children in need...South County Independent
In bid for busing, Providence students invite public officials on 3-mile trek to school...The Providence Journal
Fostering Hope...RI Monthly
Side of the Rhode: Who's Hot and Who's Not in RI Politics?...GoLocalProv
Ingresos y raza crean disparidad en lectura para niños de cuarto grado...Providence en Espanol
Equal playing field urged for all children...The Providence Journal
RI Students Make Big Gains In Reading...Bristol-Warren Patch
R.I.’s gains in 4th-grade reading overshadowed by disparity...Providence Business News
Study shows 4th-grade reading takes a leap in Rhode Island...The Providence Journal
4th-grade reading skill are improving...Newport Daily News
Rhode Island in Top Three Nationally for 4th Grade Reading Gains...GoLocalProv
Poor math performance linked to trouble in college...The Providence Journal
74 undocumented students get in-state tuition in RI; advocates push for state law...WPRI
Supporting HS graduation an investment we all must make...Providence Business News
Johnston grad rates continue to improve...Johnston Sunrise
Graduation rates at high schools throughout state increasing...The Standard-Times
Cranston’s grad rates remain high...Cranston Herald
South Kingstown High School Graduation, Dropout Rates Decline 4%...Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch
Report: RIte Care curbing unnecessary hospitalizations...Providence Business News
Mejora la tasa de graduación en escuelas secundarias de RI...PROVIDENCE EN ESPAÑOL
Fitz’s Hits: Taveras on universal pre-K...The Providence Journal
Despite slight drop, city grad rates still higher than state...Warwick Beacon
At R.I.'s urban schools, graduation rates are rising...The Providence Journal
NEWS: Report: High school graduation rate on the rise...WPRO
Narragansett High School Graduation Rate Declines, Dropout Count Increases 1%...Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch
Coventry High School Graduation Rate Increases, Dropouts Decline...Coventry Patch
EP Graduation Rate Lags Behind State...East Providence Patch
Woonsocket Graduation Rate Lags Behind State ...Woonsocket Patch
Report: 34% of urban students not graduating high school on time in Rhode Island...WPRI
Rhode Island's Graduation Rates Are On The Rise Despite Disparities...Rhode Island Public Radio
Early childhood education stressed...Warwick Beacon
New issue brief on children’s disabilities stresses importance of early intervention ......ConvergenceRI
Five Questions With: Elizabeth Burke Bryant...Providence Business News
Warning: children at risk...ConvergenceRI
Schools could target parents of truant kids...Newport Daily News
Official proposes crackdown on truancy...Newport Daily News
Report says U.S. failing to invest in children’s early years...The Providence Journal
Study: 154 NK students homeless during 2011-12 academic year...The Northeast Independent
New Data On How Poverty Hurts Kids' Brains...RI Public Radio
Schedule Helps Boost High School Attendance...Newport Daily News
US Census Bureau Releases New Data on Childhood Poverty in RI...The Providence American
Lawmakers, advocates decry proposed cut...The Providence Journal
Elizabeth Burke Bryant: You Gotta Be Kidding Me...The Providence Journal
Sequester cuts into early childhood education programs...Warwick Beacon
Federal cuts slash Rhode Island's Head Start program by $1.3 million...The Providence Journal
Two Woonsocket Preschools to get 'Race to the Top' money from State...The Call
CF, Pawtucket pre-schools to get 'Race to the Top' money from state...The Pawtucket Times
NEW: Kids Count’s City/Town Tuesday: Jamestown by the Numbers...GoLocalProv
The state of our children...The Providence Journal
John Neubauer: Juvenile violence is way down...The Providence Journal
Study documents tie between high lead levels, poor reading skills...Providence Business News
Top Dentists 2013...Rhode Island Monthly
Westbay Marketplace aims to alleviate summer nutrition concerns...The Warwick Beacon
R.I. lags neighbors on kids’ well-being...The Providence Journal
R.I. ranks 26th in nation in child well-being...Providence Business News
R.I.’s effort to lower preterm birth recognized...Providence Business News
2 groups want better access to college for R.I. students...The Providence Journal
KIDS COUNT releases latest data on Pawtucket...The Pawtucket Times
New: Kids Count Shines Light on RI Communities Each Tuesday...GoLocalProv
RI considers paid leave for family caregivers...Boston.com (Associated Press)
Top RI Leaders’ Legislative Battles...GoLocalProv
RI Senate mulls paid time off for caregivers...Boston.com (Associated Press)
Thousands of RI students were 'chronically absent' last year...WPRI Channel 12
R.I. Interfaith Coalition holds fifth annual poverty conference...The Jewish Voice & Herald
Local drug programs seeing rise in alcohol, drug use...The Northeast Independent
Let's Get Serious About Prescription Drug Abuse...GoLocalProv
EG Teens Speak Out About Prescription Drug Use...East Greenwich Patch
RI kids abusing pain killers at younger age...WPRI
Summer meals program coming to Cranston...Cranston Herald
23,000 Rhode Island Children Live In Extreme Poverty...GoLocalProv
Early childhood potential...The Providence Journal
Report: R.I. childcare system needs upgrade...The Providence Journal
R.I.’s preschool model: Learning looks like fun...The Providence Journal
Local group provides happy birthdays for homeless children...The Valley Breeze