Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
June 5, 2009
Data in Your Backyard - Pawtucket 
Register Now! Learn more about child and family well-being in Pawtucket
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The Pawtucket Data in Your Backyard community presentation will highlight findings from the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. There will be a discussion about the implications of the data and opportunities to improve outcomes for children in Pawtucket. This event is co-sponsored by the Pawtucket School Department Child Opportunity Zone.
 
Another Data in Your Backyard presentation co-sponsored by Meeting Street will be held in Providence on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the Data in Your Backyard community presentations or to register, contact sgeller@rikidscount.org
New Resources
Help for Low-Income Families
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RIte Care Outreach Materials
Designed to help agencies and advocates get the word out to families about applying for RIte Care, a health insurance program for low-income families in Rhode Island, these glossy English and Spanish posters are free and available to the public. View the flyer and poster, or order these publications from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.


Help for Working and Unemployed Families
This publication describes services and benefits that can help Rhode Island's working and unemployed families. It includes basic information on programs such as RIte Care health insurance, SNAP/food stamps, child care subsidies, and tax credits that are available to families with low or moderate incomes. Order free copies of Help for Working and Unemployed Families in English or Spanish by faxing or mailing the materials order form.
Infant Mental Health
Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood Conference
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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Board Member, Pamela High, MD, and Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health Board Member, Susan Dickstein, Ph.D, kicked off the recent conference on Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood: Prevention Services that Support Families at High Risk, co-sponsored by the two organizations. The audience of early childhood practitioners learned about the impact of healthy parent-child interaction and maternal depression on early child development. Panelists highlighted current federal investments in early childhood mental health in Rhode Island, including Project LAUNCH, the PEP Early Childhood initiative, Early Head Start and the Nurse-Family Partnership program. 
Housing 
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Recognized for Work on Housing 
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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT received an award at this year's Healthy Housing Conference sponsored by the RI Department of Health. This award recognizes the organization's commitment to promoting healthy housing.
 
For more information on the impact of housing on children in Rhode Island, view the Housing and Health Indicator in the 2009 Factbook.
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In This Issue
 
star Register Now! Learn more about child and family well-being in Pawtucket
star Help for Low-Income Families
star Social and Emotional Health in Early Childhood Conference
star Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Recognized for Work on Housing
 
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