Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
May 14, 2013
Early Learning Programs in Rhode Island: New Issue Brief Released, Media Coverage
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released its newest Issue Brief, Improving Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs in Rhode Islandat a policy roundtable. The policy forum highlighted key strategies to strengthen Rhode Island's early learning system for young children, from birth through kindergarten. 
Senior Policy Analyst Leanne Barrett presented the findings, and discussants were Sandra Powell, Director of the RI Department of Human Services; and Deborah Gist, Commissioner of Education.  

Early learning programs in Rhode Island have recently been highlighted in The Providence Journal, including:

Recent Community Events  

Child Development Lecture co-sponsored by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and Brown University    
On May 2, 2013, the annual Lipsitt-Duchin Lecture in Child and Youth Behavior and Development was held at Brown University. Keynote speaker Dr. James P. Comer of the Yale School of Medicine discussed the ways in which issues related to race and child development can affect school intervention and reform efforts. A discussion panel featuring Deborah Gist, Commissioner of the RI Department of Education; and Gigi DiBello, MEd, Head of School, Sophia Academy, was held immediately after. For the press release, please click here. For more information, or to be placed on the list for next year's event, please contact Katy Miller


5th Annual Interfaith Conference to Reduce Poverty   

The RI Interfaith Coalition's Conference to Reduce Poverty was held on May 13, 2013 at Rhode Island College. The Conference brought together faith and community leaders to discuss ways to reduce poverty in Rhode Island, and featured keynote speaker Erik Stegman, Manager of Half in Ten at the Center for American Progress (please click here for presentation). Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant presented the latest data on Rhode Island children and families living in poverty

Legislative Tracking
RI State House
Throughout the 2013 Legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has tracked bills and budget items related to children and youth. You can visit our website for information on important legislation and upcoming hearings; and to read our testimony on a wide range of topics affecting Rhode Island children, youth, and families, such as child welfare, education, health, income supports, safety, and more.
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starEarly Learning Programs in Rhode Island: New Issue Brief Released, Media Coverage
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starLegislative Tracking
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