Bryant honored as national child-advocacy leader

WASHINGTON – Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count, has been honored by Voices for America’s Children with the group’s 2007 Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award.
The award was established in 1996, in memory of Florette Angel and her efforts to better the lives of West Virginia children. It is awarded annually by Voices for America’s Children to someone who “captures Angel’s spirit, exceptional leadership, innovative advocacy, and effective service on behalf of children and their families,” the nonprofit said.
“Elizabeth Burke Bryant is committed, passionate and energetic in her pursuit of better outcomes for children,” Bill Bentley, Voices president and CEO, said in a statement yesterday. “She is the model of what child advocates can accomplish through focus, collaboration, and evidence-based advocacy.”
Kids Count has been a member of the Voices network for the past decade. Under Bryant’s leadership, it has earned a national reputation for excellence and helped win “significant victories in the areas of child care and early education, child welfare, dropout prevention, health insurance coverage for children, affordable housing, lead poisoning prevention and improved access to prenatal care,” the network said.
Her “focus and effectiveness” as a mentor, strategist, leader and champion of future child advocates have helped to make Kids Count “the clear gold standard for advocacy organizations in our nation,” Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline said in a statement. “She has been a strong voice for children and a fierce advocate for public policies that support children and families.”
Statewide, “no one is more closely identified with children’s issues than Elizabeth Burke Bryant,” state Sen. Teresa Paiva-Weed said. “From housing to poverty, health care to school readiness, Elizabeth provides leadership – to draw the picture, tell the story, frame the discussion and promote the policy options. She functions in a manner that is bi-partisan, all inclusive, and consensus-building, operationalizing the phrase ‘it takes a village.’”
Bryant is to be honored at the annual Voices meeting tomorrow at The Forum in New Orleans.
Rhode Island Kids Count is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the health, economic well-being, safety, education and development of Rhode Island children. To learn more, visit www.rikidscount.org.
For information about Voices for America’s Children, visit www.voices.org.

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