Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
July 9, 2010
2010 Legislative Wrap-Up
RI State House
Throughout the legislative session,
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks bills affecting children and families that are being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. At the end of each legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT publishes the annual Legislative Wrap-Up.
The 2010 Legislative Wrap-Up highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, K-12 education, child care and early childhood education, health and safety that were considered during the 2010 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly.
Release of Rhode Island Children in Immigrant Families Issue Brief
Kids Playing In the Yard
The Rhode Island Children in Immigrant Families Issue Brief provides a statistical portrait of children in immigrant families in Rhode Island. Between 2006 and 2008, 24% (54,025) of Rhode Island children were living in immigrant families, comparable to the U.S. rate of 23%. Children in immigrant families are children under age 18 who are foreign born or who have at least one foreign-born parent, regardless of citizenship or year of arrival in the United States.
The Issue Brief provides recommendations that support the healthy development of all children including:

  • Increase access to high-quality child care and early education programs for children in families from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

  • Increase access to college through in-state tuition rates for undocumented students who have graduated from Rhode Island high schools and who are admitted to public colleges and universities through the regular admissions process.

  • Ensure that ESL and bilingual education programs in public schools provide high-level academic content and improve English proficiency. 

  • Increase the availability of high-quality adult education and English language classes, with special attention to communities with waiting lists.
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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, education, safety, economic security and development of Rhode Island's children.