Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
October 7, 2011
R.I. Wins Competitive Grant for Evidence-Based Home Visiting 
Nurse Family Partnership Press Conference

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Rhode Island is receiving $4.9M to help fund evidence-based home visiting services for families with infants and toddlers. In addition to the state formula grants for home visiting that are part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, Rhode Island won a competitive grant (awarded to the Rhode Island Department of Health) to expand evidence-based home visiting services, including the Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families America.  

For more than a decade, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has worked to ensure that families with young children have the resources and supports they need for healthy child development. Through partnerships with federal, state and community leaders, this work has resulted in a significant expansion of federal funding for evidence-based home visiting services for families with infants and toddlers in Rhode Island and across the nation. 

Click to read the complete news release and news articles in the Providence Journal and the Providence Business News

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is working with the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Rhode Island Early Learning Council to complete Rhode Island's application for the federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition, due on October 19th. Rhode Island is eligible to apply for up to $50 million in federal funds.

The competition seeks to increase the number of children with high needs who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs so that they arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed and thrive. Two public forums were held recently to solicit ideas and comments from interested citizens, and a Reading Day was held on October 6th to give the public an opportunity to read the most recent draft of the application.

Read a related article in the Providence Journal.

"Data in Your Backyard" Presentations in Woonsocket in Newport
Newport Data in Your Backyard
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT continues to offer community presentations featuring data from the 2011 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. The Data in Your Backyard series is held annually in six urban core communities. Any community can request a Data in Your Backyard presentation by contacting Stephanie Geller. Each presentation is hosted by a local partner and features community-specific data about the well-being of children and families and is followed by a discussion of the findings with key community leaders and policymakers.

Presentations were recently held in Woonsocket and Newport. Thank you to our local hosts, Connecting for Children and Families and Newport Partnership for Families.

Read a related article on Woonsocket Patch.
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starR.I. Wins Competitive Grant for Evidence-Based Home Visiting
starRace to the Top - Early Learning Challenge
star"Data in Your Backyard" Presentations in Woonsocket and Newport
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