Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
October 25, 2010

Campaign for Kids!

Campaign for Kids: Policy Briefing Papers is a resource to inform candidates for public office and elected officials about strategies to improve outcomes for children and families. The Policy Briefing Papers contain background information and policy recommendations in the areas of children's health, education, early childhood, poverty, child abuse and neglect, and juvenile justice. The Briefing Papers were developed for the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Children's Issues sponsored by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the RI Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. View photos from the Forum and read the article from The Providence Journal.

Race to the Top on Kids Count TV Show

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Rhode Island is one of 12 states to win the federal Race to the Top competition. The latest episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show features Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Colleen Jermain, President of the RI School Superintendents' Association discussing how Rhode Island plans to use Race to the Top to improve student achievement. Read a one-page summary of Rhode Island's plans for the Race to the Top funds.

Watch the Kids Count Cable Show on TV Next Month!
The Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show will air on Sunday, November 7th at 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. on Cox Cable Channel 13 and Verizon Channel 32 (in some areas of Rhode Island it may be Cox Channel 14 and Verizon Channel 33).



New Data from the U.S. Census Bureau


Child Poverty Data
According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau
, 16.9% (37,731) of Rhode Island's children were living in poverty in 2009. Rhode Island was ranked 5th in New England and 19th nationally (where 1st is best). Read more in The Providence Journal article, Census shows recession hit broad swath of RI.

Health Insurance Data
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show that 7.7% (18,000) of Rhode Island children were uninsured between 2007-2009, compared to 10.3% nationally. Rhode Island now ranks 19th in the nation for children's health insurance coverage (where first is the best). Read more in the GoLocalProv.com article, New Health Care Law: How It Will Help RI Children.


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starRace to the Top on Kids Count TV Show
starNew Data from the U.S. Census Bureau
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