May 24, 2016
Summit on Early Education and Care
On Monday, May 16, 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo's Summit on Early Education and Care was held, focused on creating opportunities for Rhode Island's youngest learners from birth through age 8. Keynote remarks were provided by Bette Hyde, Ph.D., Former Director of Washington State's Department of Early Learning.  For more information, please see event pictures, The Providence Journal coverage, and the following presentations:
The Summit was coordinated through a partnership among the Governor's Office, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
Registration Now Open for State Pre-K and Head Start
Families with children who will be age 4 by September 1, 2016 and who live in one of the State Pre-K communities can now register for the State Pre-Kindergarten lottery. State Pre-K communities are: Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket. Families can apply for the lottery online here or family members may pick up an application at pre-kindergarten program locations. Families can also download the application online here. Completed applications should be returned to the program of choice. Families may apply at more than one site if multiple sites exist in their community of residence, but only one application per site will be accepted. Applications for State Pre-K will be accepted through July 1

Families with very low-incomes have another option for preschool and can apply for enrollment in Head Start. Head Start is offered statewide to children who are age 3 or age 4 by September 1. Children are selected for Head Start based on the needs of the family. Contact information for Head Start programs serving each community in Rhode Island is available online. Head Start also offers an online application here
The 2016 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook
Now Available!
Recently released, the 2016 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook charts improvements and declines in the well-being of children and youth across the state and in each of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns and provides the latest available statistics on 71 different aspects of children's lives, from birth through adolescence.

Keynote remarks at the Factbook Breakfast were provided by Lisa Hamilton, Vice President, External Affairs at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The youth speaker was Christian Ortiz of Young Voices. For more, please see the media release, executive summary, pictures from the event, and media coverage.

Please also see the Early Learning & Development Section Highlights.

To order a hard copy of the 2016 Factbook, please use our order form or call (401) 351-9400. The cost of the Factbook is $21.40 ($20 plus tax); discounts for bulk purchases are available.
New National Report on Parental Incarceration 
The national Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report highlighting the effect of parental incarceration on child and family well-being. 

More than 5 million U.S. children (7% of all children in America) have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration, including 10,000 Rhode Island children (5% of all children in the state). The needs of these children, who face increased poverty, stress, and other significant obstacles in life, are often overlooked.

A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities offers recommendations for policymakers to address the emotional and financial instability that stems from parental incarceration. For more information, please see the full report and media release.

Additional information on children of incarcerated parents in Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released The 2016 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, which charts improvements and declines in the well-being of Rhode Island's children. 
  • An indicator included each year is 'Children of Incarcerated Parents' which shows that of the 2,548 inmates serving a sentence at the ACI who were surveyed on September 30, 2015, 1,476 reported that they had a total of 3,316 children. 
  • To access 'Children of Incarcerated Parents' please click here
Data in Action: Show us the Factbook!
This year, we're trying something new.

We'd love to see the Factbook in action: Where you use it, how you use it, and more. We think this is a great way to underscore the importance of understandable, clear data on children's well-being.

We'd love to have you participate by sharing pictures of the Factbook in action, and sharing your story:
  • Take a quick picture/screenshot of the Factbook and help us highlight you and your community! The picture could be at your desk, at home, on the go -- wherever the data is most useful, we'd love to see.
  • Tag us with #RIFactbook on social media, and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or submit via email to Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Communications Coordinator Katherine Chu.
Please click here to see current submissions & participants!
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Are you interested in specific areas of child well-being? Rhode Island KIDS COUNT publishes E-Newsletters on specific areas related to child well-being: 
  • Children's Health and Health Insurance 
  • Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice 
  • Early Childhood/Early Learning 
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT also publishes a general interest E-Newsletter. 

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