|Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters|
Read Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's newly released Issue Brief entitled Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters. The Issue Brief covers the development of early literacy skills from birth through third grade, data on early literacy achievement in Rhode Island and strategies for identifying and intervening with children who are struggling with reading in the early grades. Speakers at the policy roundtable to release the Issue Brief included Executive Vice President of the Annie E Casey Foundation Ralph Smith, Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist, Senator Juan Pichardo and Superintendent Tom Brady.|
For more information, read the articles from GolocalProv.com and WJAR NBC 10 or listen to the coverage on WPRO news. Also, view photos from the event.
|BrightStars Honors Early Learning Programs|
More than 300 early care and education program directors, early childhood teachers, community leaders and policy makers gathered at the 2nd Annual Starry, Starry Night event to celebrate and salute the early learning programs that have joined BrightStars, Rhode Island's Quality Rating and Improvement System. There are 77 programs which serve more than 1,800 children participating in BrightStars. Read the Providence Journal article and view photos from the event. For more information about the program, go to www.BrightStars.org.|
|Rhode Island Juvenile Detention Alternatives Topic of TV Show|
The latest episode of the Rhode Island Kids Count Cable Television Show focuses on Rhode Island's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). On the show are Acting Superintendent of the Rhode Island Training School for Youth Kevin Aucoin and Annie E. Casey Foundation JDAI Team Leader Jim Payne. The goals of JDAI include increasing community-based alternatives for juveniles who do not need to be in a locked facility; improving public safety; reducing racial disparities; and promoting overall juvenile justice system reforms.|