Rhode Island has developed an initial set of child indicators in the areas of health, education, economic well being and safety. As a result, this project is intended to more explicitly link indicators with policy goals. The project has several aims:
to define a core group of indicators that can be used to track the impact of welfare reform, health care reform, child care expansion, and education reform;
To develop new indicators to measure the wellbeing and school readiness of young children, from birth through age 10;
To examine the ability of using state agency administrative data, state surveys and state supplements of national surveys as data sources for producing indicators; and
To institutionalize the use of indicators in policy work.
The partnership consists of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and the Rhode Island Childrens Cabinet, an interagency council which represents the Department of Human Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Health, and Department of Children, Youth and Families. Senior policy and data staff from the Cabinet agencies will comprise the Interagency Child Indicators Team, which will have primary responsibility for completion of project tasks. Project management will be provided by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.