Education in Rhode Island

Education is a lifetime process that begins at birth and continues throughout a child's life into adulthood. Through their experiences in the classroom, children build academic, social-emotional, and study skills to help them succeed throughout their life.

Education IllustrationProviding children with high-quality education is critical for healthy development. People with more education are more likely to practice health-promoting behaviors, to be able to access needed care, to have better health outcomes and to live longer than those with less education.

Education is also critical for future employment, and for a healthy economy: by 2020, 71% of Rhode Island’s jobs will require education beyond a high school diploma. And in Rhode Island, adults without high school diplomas are about four times as likely to be unemployed as those who have bachelor’s degrees.

Here you will find resources to help you monitor and work on policy, build programs, advocate, and allocate funding for education in Rhode Island.

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  • Creating Supportive Policy Conditions for Student-Centered Learning in Rhode Island: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT strongly believes that embracing student-centered learning is one of the keys to increasing Rhode Island's high school graduation rate, closing achievement gaps, and ensuring that more students are ready for success in college, careers, and life.

    Through this initiative, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works at the state level, advocating for policies to support student-centered learning. For more information, please click here, or contact Paige Clausius-Parks, Senior Policy Analyst. This initiative is supported by funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
  • Rhode Island Alliance for College and Career Readiness: The Rhode Island Alliance for College and Career Readiness was developed to raise awareness about the connection between college and career readiness, the success of individual students, and the economic stability of our state. The Alliance identifies and advocates for legislative and regulatory changes and budgetary investments needed to increase college and career readiness.

    Members include:
         - Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
         - The College Crusade of Rhode Island
         - Young Voices
         - College Visions
         - The College Advising Corps at Brown University’s Swearer Center
         - The College Planning Center
         - The NAACP – Providence Branch
         - The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University

    For more information, please visit our Facebook page, Twitter page, or contact Paige Clausius-Parks, Senior Policy Analyst ( The Alliance is supported by funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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  • Annie E. Casey Foundation National Data Center – Education Indicators
    Rhode Island KIDS COUNT contributes data to the national KIDS COUNT Data Center, which is managed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.The national KIDS COUNT Data Center connects you to over four million data points about the well-being of children and families in each state and across the country. You can easily access hundreds of indicators related to health, education, employment and income, child welfare, and many other topics. The Data Center is free and available to all.
  • The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
  • The Education Commission of the States (ECS) was created by states, for states, in 1965. ECS tracks state policy trends, translate academic research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.
  • Education Week is an online news source for issues surrounding K-12 education. 

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


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Providence, RI 02903


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