Kids Count Factbook highlights how families had it tough during pandemic

By Eileen Weber
July 9th, 2021
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, J.D., executive director of Kids Count
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, J.D., executive director of Kids Count

Rhode Island’s children and their families have had a rough year, according to the annual Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook released in May. Kids Count is a non-profit child advocacy group that examined 70 indicators in five areas that affect the lives of children. They are broken down into family and community; economic well-being; health; safety; and education.

The collected data showed three main takeaways: the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on Rhode Island’s communities; the concentration of child poverty in four core cities: Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket; and the continued racial and ethnic disparities within the state.

The data also showed a drop in adoption rates as well as a lack of access to children’s...

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