Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
November 23, 2009
Special Issue: Early Childhood Update

Race to the Top Community Forums:
Your Voice Needed!
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The federal Department of Education has just released the request for proposals for states to apply for Race to the Top Funds. The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund is the largest ever federal competitive investment in states and will be awarded to states that demonstrate a compelling strategic agenda to improve public education.  
One of the invitational priorities of the Race to the Top initiative centers specifically on early learning. Titled Innovations for Improving Early Learning Outcomes, this priority seeks applications that will improve early learning outcomes for high need students who are young children.
The remaining three community forums to provide input into the state's Race to the Top application are as follows:
  • Monday, November 23rd @ 6:00 p.m. at Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Rd., Warwick 
  • Wednesday, December 2nd @ 6:00 p.m. at SORICO, 646 Camp St. in North Kingstown.
  • Monday, December 7th @ 6:00 p.m. at Central High School, 70 Fricker St. in Providence.

Convened by Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, these open forums give you the opportunity to present your views on education reform, including early learning. Click here for details on dates, times, and locations of the forums.

DHS Child Care and Development Advisory Committee
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The Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Office of Child Care is reconvening the Child Care and Development Advisory Committee. The meetings will be quarterly and the first one will be on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at 1:30 pm at the United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909. The agenda for this meeting will be an update on the DHS Child Care Subsidy Program, DHS child care quality initiatives, and the status of federal stimulus funds.Child care providers and other interested stakeholders are invited.
Rhode Island Urban Education Task Force Releases Final Recommendations
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In  late October, the Urban Education Task Force (UETF) released recommendations to strengthen and transform urban education in Rhode Island. Download Building Our Future: An Agenda for Quality Urban Education in Rhode Island and the Executive Summary.
The UETF's recommendations were in seven areas as follows:  

  • Pre-Kindergarten Education
  • Early Literacy
  • Expanded Learning Time
  • Multiple Pathways for Student Success
  • Statewide Educator Quality Development System
  • Innovation for Successful Schools
  • Educator Collaboration
Copies of the report and additional information about the work of the Task Force are available at www.annenberginstitute.org/UETF
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In This Issue
starRace to the Top Community Forums: Your Voice Needed!
starDHS Child Care and Development Advisory Committee
starRhode Island Urban Education Task Force Releases Final Recommendations
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