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THIS GRAPH IN R.I KIDS COUNT’s latest policy brief shows that Rhode Island schools with the highest rate of participation in school breakfast programs use a combination of the federal Community Eligibility Program, which reimburses schools for providing both free breakfasts and free lunches to all students, and an "alternative breakfast service" that makes breakfast part of the school day./ COURTESY R.I. KIDS COUNT

KIDS COUNT: R.I. needs to boost student access to school breakfast

PROVIDENCE – More than four out of five Rhode Island schoolchildren aren't participating in a school breakfast program and many of those children are...
ON TUESDAY, R.I. Kids Count published a new issue brief on children in poverty. This chart shows 2018 data from the National Center for Children in Poverty on parental employment of children under age 18 by income level. / COURTESY RI KIDS COUNT

Report: R.I. parent employment outpaces national average

PROVIDENCE - In Rhode Island, the third state in the union to adopt a paid family leave program, the rate of children aged six...

R.I. 6th best in nation for health insurance enrollment

PROVIDENCE - U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2016 American Community Survey shows more Rhode Islanders were covered for health insurance in 2016 than...
ELIZABETH BURKE Bryant is executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT,/PETER GOLDBERG PHOTOGRAPHY

R.I. KIDS COUNT Factbook warns of low birth rates

PROVIDENCE – There has been a 15 percent decline in Rhode Island’s child population from 2000 to 2015, according to the latest Rhode Island...
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