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 with a commitment to equity and the elimination of unacceptable disparities by race, ethnicity, disability, zip code, immigration status, neighborhood, and income. 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT engages in information-based advocacy to achieve equitable public policies and programs for the improvement of children’s lives. 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT:

  • Provides independent, credible, comprehensive information on Rhode Island's children and youth.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse of data across issue areas and breaks down data by race, ethnicity, income, city/town, age, gender, immigration status, disability, multilingual learners, LGBTQ youth, children in foster care, and children experiencing homelessness.
  • Uses that information to change or influence public policies and programs to improve children's lives with a core focus on equity and children living in poverty.
  • Recognizes that persistent, unacceptable disparities by race, ethnicity, and immigration status result from structural racism which must be dismantled in order to eliminate disparities, achieve equity, and provide equitable opportunities for all children and youth to succeed. 
  • Provides information and strategies on "what works" and promotes best practices that will turn the curve on indicators of child well-being. 
  • Works to advance equitable policies and programs and improve existing public policies.  
  • Holds systems accountable and indicates where changes should be made to improve policies and programs.
  • Stimulates dialogue on children's issues and brings together individuals and organizations, including those with lived experience, to develop strategies and solutions to improve children's lives. 
  • Amplifies youth voice so youth can lead on policies that directly impact their lives and futures.


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.


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


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
One Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


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