Local Spotlight: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Each day, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT seeks to improve the health, safety, education, and well-being of the children of Rhode Island. They’re able to do this in many ways.
Since 1994, this organization has been an expansion of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Project, which was first initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Rhode Island Foundation. Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant has led the organization for the last 25 years and has played a major role in improving children’s lives by using information to influence public policy.
Using Data to Improve the Lives of Rhode Island Children
Data is at the heart of everything Rhode Island KIDS COUNT does. They use the best available data to inform people of how children in the state are doing. Partnering with state agencies and nonprofits that work with kids, they are able to take that data to help influence policy.
The most recent Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook tracked 71 different indicators of child well-being, which include child health and welfare, safety, housing, education, and early childhood development.
The independent, comprehensive information holds systems accountable and notes where changes should be made to programs that may not be working. This dialogue brings policymakers and organizations together to develop ways to improve children’s lives.
How You Can Get Involved
Besides checking out the RI KIDS COUNT website, you might be wondering how you can get involved and make an impact. Making an investment is always an option. You’ll be supporting the health, education, economic well-being, and safety of children in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, so any donation is tax-deductible.
The organization also tracks the latest state budget along with any bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly on its website. You’ll have access to the latest bills and current legislation in various policy areas. Find information about the latest legislation on the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT website.
Providing Key Data to Rhode Island Since 1994
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has provided key data about children to the residents of Rhode Island since 1994. That data and information has been used to change or influence public policies and programs to help improve the lives of children in the Ocean State.
For more information about advocacy and how to get involved, contact the organization today.