Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
November 25, 2008
Health Insurance
 A Celebration of Children's Health
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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted the eighth annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon on November 17th. Several state leaders were honored with Covering Kids awards, recognizing their ongoing commitment to children's health issues, including Lt. Governor Roberts, incoming Senate President Paiva-Weed, Senator Perry, Representatives Ferri and Pacheco, Providence Mayor Cicilline and Warwick Mayor Avedisian. The following community leaders also received awards: Reverend Donald Anderson (Rhode Island Council of Churches), Dr. Patricia Flanagan (Hasbro Children's Hospital), and Margo Pires (East Bay Community Action Program). For more information, view the presentation from the luncheon.
Film Screening of Award Winning Documentary 
Boy and Girl Studying Factbook 2008
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and The Rhode Island Foundation hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Accelerating America. The film documents the daily challenges faced by three Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP) students. Filmmaker Tim Hotchner followed the three students for a full school year, capturing their school and home lives.
"Accelerating America" won Grand Prize for Documentaries at the RI International Film Festival this past August, and Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the Seattle Film Festival in June. For more information about the film and to view a trailer go to www.acceleratingamerica.com. UCAP seeks to intervene in the lives of at-risk young adolescents, to help them attain the academic and social skills necessary for success in high school and in life. For more information, go to www.ucap.org.
Early Care and Education
Tune in for Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
Tune into Cox Cable Channel 13 on Sunday, November 30th at 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. when Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will interview Tammy Camillo, BrightStars Director at RIAEYC and Mary Nugent, Associate Director of the East Bay Head Start program. The show highlights the progress of the BrightStars initiative which will be launched in January 2009.
BrightStars is a quality rating and improvement system for early learning and child care programs that aims to improve access to high quality programs across the state. BrightStars is managed by the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children.   
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In This Issue
star A Celebration of Children's Health
star Film Screening of Award Winning Documentary
star Tune in to the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
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