Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
June xx, 2015
Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families in Rhode Island: New Issue Brief released by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
On June 4, 2015, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released a new Issue Brief, Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families in Rhode Island, which highlights data on children under the age of three in Rhode Island and policies and programs that can support them and their families. Next Steps for Rhode Island's Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families, a complete set of recommended policy priorities was also released. For more information, please see the media release, event presentation, pictures, and media coverage including:
Every Kid Needs a Family: New report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, focuses on the high number of children in the care of child welfare agencies throughout the U.S. who are in "non-family placement settings" and discusses the poor outcomes for kids in congregate care.  

In Rhode Island, 28% of the 1,803 children in foster care in 2013 were placed in non-family placement settings - twice the national average. Rhode Island has the second highest state ranking of children placed in non-family placement settings.
Latest Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Shows
On the May 2015 Show, Ana Novais, Executive Director, RI Department of Health, joined host Elizabeth Burke Bryant to discuss Health Equity.

On the April 2015 show, Aimee Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Programs & Operations and Head Start Director of Children's Friend and Terese Curtin, Executive Director of Connecting for Children & Families, discussed Evidence-Based Family Home Visiting programs including Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers.

On the March 2015 show, Rob DeBlois, Director of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP), and Chris Cuthbertson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at UCAP, discussed drop-out prevention strategies, and what UCAP has found works to accelerate progress and keep students engaged in school and their community.
Legislative Tracking and Testimony
RI State House

Throughout the legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. Visit our 
website to see which bills we are tracking and to read our testimony.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will release our annual Legislative Wrap-Up at the end of the 2015 Legislative Session.
Visit us at www.RIKidsCount.org
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