Early Childhood Policy Updates
|Rhode Island Voters Support Investments in Early Care and Education|
View a presentation and a summary of the results of a recent poll on voter attitudes about early childhood education that was commissioned by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and conducted by Hart Research and the Tarrance Group. Poll results show Rhode Island voters strongly support early education. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Rhode Island voters said it is important to provide high-quality learning opportunities for children birth to age 3 and four out of five (79%) said it is important to provide high-quality learning opportunities for children ages 4 and 5.|
|Nurse-Family Partnership Program Launched in Rhode Island|
Rhode Island is now the first state in New England to provide the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), an evidence-based home visiting program identified as one of the most cost-effective interventions for low-income, first-time parents at high risk. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT manages the federal Evidence-Based Home Visiting initiative that supports the start-up, sustainability and expansion of NFP in Rhode Island. Children's Friend provides NFP services to up to 100 families living in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, and Providence. Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center is evaluating the initiative. Partners include the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Read the Providence Business News article and view photos from a press conference on NFP held on October 26th. View the episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Cable Television Show featuring nurses from Children's Friend discussing the NFP initiative.
|Rhode Island Early Learning Council Meetings|
The next meeting of the Work Group of the Early Learning Council will be on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus, Board Room 4090, Warwick, RI.
The next meeting of the Rhode Island Early Learning Council will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus, Board Room 4090, Warwick, RI.
All meetings of the Early Learning Council are open to the public. Meeting materials and the meeting schedule through June 2011 are posted on the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT website. For more information, contact Leanne Barrett at [email protected] who has been designated as the Coordinator for Rhode Island's Early Learning Council.
|National Report on State Child Care Assistance Policies|
The National Women's Law Center released State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010: New Federal Funds Help States Weather the Storm, a state-by-state report on child care subsidy programs for low-income families. The report highlights how federal economic recovery funds helped many states to maintain eligibility and reimbursement rates at current levels in order to continue support for low-income working families despite very difficult state budget problems.|