Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
May 8, 2009
Providence Superintendent Tom Brady on
Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show
Classroom Factbook 2008
Watch the May episode of the Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show to see Elizabeth Burke Bryant interview the Superintendent of Providence Public Schools, Tom Brady. Superintendent Brady speaks about the ingredients of a high achieving school system, the impact of education on the economy, the work going on in Providence, and the importance of community and parent involvement.
Child Welfare
National Foster Care Month  
child welfare
May is National Foster Care Month. All children need safety and permanency for healthy child development. Below are highlights from two child welfare indicators in the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook
On December 31, 2008 in Rhode Island, 2,654 children under age 21 in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families were in out-of-home placement. Just over half (52%) of these children were in foster care homes and most of the other children were in residential or institutional placements.    
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect is often the result of a lack of essential parenting skills and families struggling with a combination of social and economic issues. Of the 2,743 children who were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2008, almost half (47%) were under age six and most (79%) were victims of neglect. Note that the city-town table with child abuse and neglect rates can not be compared to previous years due to a change in definition.
Early Care & Education
National Report Highlights Pre-K in RI
Leadership Matters_Pre K Now_Report
Pre-K Now recently released its annual report, Leadership Matters: Governors' Pre-K Budget Proposals FY10. The report highlights Rhode Island's plan to begin a pre-kindergarten demonstration program. Pre-K legislation in Rhode Island supports the use of a mixed-delivery system that uses the existing infrastructure for early care and education, including child care, Head Start and public schools.
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star Providence Superintendent Tom Brady on Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show
star National Foster Care Month
star National Report Highlights Pre-K in RI
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