Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
May 27, 2015
Four-Year-Olds Sign-Up for Pre-K by
Monday, June 1
The Rhode Island Department of Education has announced expanded availability of free, high-quality Pre-K programs for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Children who will be age 4 by September 1, 2015 and are residents of one of the 9 high-needs State Pre-K communities (Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket) are eligible to participate. Children are selected through a state-supervised lottery. Families can apply for the lottery or download an application to submit to their program(s) of choice. The deadline to apply for the Pre-K lottery is Monday, June 1, 2015.

Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show focuses on Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting programs
On the April 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count TV Show, Aimee Mitchell, Senior Vice President Programs & Operations Head Start Director of Children's Friend and Terese Curtin, Executive Director of Connecting for Children & Families joined Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting programs  including Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers.

Help for Working and Unemployed Families Resource Sheet

Many working and unemployed families in Rhode Island are eligible for services and benefits to help support their families. Programs such as health insurance (RIte Care), child care subsidies, tax credits (EITC), nutrition assistance (SNAP and WIC) and cash assistance (RI Works) are available to families with low or moderate incomes. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has published a resource in English  and Spanish to help working and unemployed Rhode Island families access these services and benefits. If you would like to order copies of these publications, please email [email protected] to request them. 

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