Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
December 17, 2009
Early Care and Education
BrightStars Honors Child Care and Early Learning Programs
More than 150 early care and education program directors, early childhood teachers, community leaders and policy makers gathered at the Starry, Starry Night event to celebrate and salute the first group of early learning programs that have joined BrightStars, Rhode Island's Quality Rating and Improvement System. Twenty child care centers, Head Start programs, preschools and family child care homes are among the first to participate in BrightStars. 
Read the article by Gina Macris in The Providence Journal. View photos from the event. For more information, go to www.BrightStars.org.
Health Care & Education
Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show Features U.S. Senator Jack Reed
US Senator Jack Reed (RI)
Elizabeth Burke Bryant interviews U.S. Senator Jack Reed about the importance of access to affordable, comprehensive health care for children and families, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act signed by President Obama earlier this year. Senator Reed provided an update on national health reform and its impact on Rhode Island, and shared his views on the importance of early childhood education and education reform.
Other recent guests on the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Television Show include Reverend Dr. David Ames of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance. To watch this show and others, go to the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT website.
Youth Violence Prevention
2009 Lipsitt Duchin Lecture  
David Kennedy and Teny Gross
Leading researchers and pioneers in the field of youth violence presented new approaches to policy, practice and research at the Lipsitt Duchin Lectures in Child and Youth Behavior and Development
For highlights, view pictures from the event or read W. Zachary Malinowski's Providence Journal article on the event. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
Presenters included Teny Gross of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence; David M. Kennedy of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and formerly of the Boston Gun Project; and Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and the Coalition for Evidence Based Policy.
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star BrightStars Honors Child Care and Early Learning Programs
star Rhode Island Kids Count Television Show Features U.S. Senator Jack Reed
star 2009 Lipsitt Duchin Lecture
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