Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
March 9, 2012
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Register for the 2012 Factbook Breakfast 
2011 Factbook Cover
The 18th Annual Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook will be released at the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook Breakfast on Monday, April 2, 2012. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Click to view the invitation. To register for the breakfast, please complete the RSVP form and return it to Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903.
Health Disparities Remain Among Children in RI

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its latest Issue Brief - Disparities in Children's Health - during a policy roundtable that was attended by more than sixty community members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island co-sponsored the February 29th event.

The Issue Brief provides new information on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health in Rhode Island and addresses the underlying causes of disparities, including parents' educational attainment, family economic status and the availability of community resources. Research shows that adverse conditions experienced during childhood lead to disparities in adult health outcomes. The Issue Brief offers recommendations to improve health outcomes for all children and to make progress in closing the gaps that exist in outcomes for children who are low-income and/or from a minority racial or ethnic group.

Click to view photos from the policy roundtable or to listen to Rhode Island Public Radio's coverage of the Issue Brief. 

Full-day Kindergarten Discussed on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
Rep. Hearn and Sen. Gallo
The February episode of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV show features Senator Hanna Gallo and Representative Joy Hearn. Both lawmakers have sponsored legislation that supports the expansion of full-day kindergarten in Rhode Island.  

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT supports full-day kindergarten because it can help close academic achievement gaps. Children in full-day classes are more likely to be ready for first grade than those in half-day programs, regardless of family income, parental education and school characteristics. 
2012 Legislative Session Underway
State House

The 2012 Legislative Session is now underway at the State House and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is following dozens of bills and budget items that affect Rhode Island's children.


Visit the Legislative Information section of our website for the latest information on bills and upcoming hearings, and to read our public testimony on behalf of Rhode Island's children.

Visit us at www.rikidscount.org
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starConnect With Us on Facebook and Twitter
starRegister for the 2012 Factbook Breakfast
starHealth Disparities Remain Among Children in RI
starFull-day Kindergarten Discussed on Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show
star2012 Legislative Session Underway
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