Interfaith Coalition Poverty Conference 2012 final
Elizabeth Burke BryantRhode Island KIDS COUNT
19% (more than 42,000) of Rhode Island’s 221,694 children under age 18 live below the federal poverty threshold ($18,123 for a family of three in 2011). Risk factors for child poverty: ◦ Children under age six ◦ Children of single parents ◦ Children whose parents have low educational levels ◦ Children whose parents work part-time or are unemployed
In Rhode Island, as well as in the United States as awhole, children who are racial and ethnic minorities aremore likely to live in poverty.
In Rhode Island, more than 18,000 children live in extreme poverty. In 2011, the extreme poverty level is $9,062 for a family of three with two children and $11,406 for a family of four with two children.
Two-thirds of Rhode Island’s children living in poverty live in just four cities – Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket.
93% of Rhode Island children have health insurance coverage. Uninsured children do not receive the medical, dental and behavioral health care they need to remain healthy. Uninsured children are 5 times more likely than insured children to use the ER as a regular site of care. Approximately 73% (12,459) of the estimated 17,053 uninsured children in Rhode Island were eligible for RIte Care based on their family income, but were not enrolled.
RIte Care is Rhode Island’s health insurance program for low-income children and families. Two-thirds of Rhode Island’s children who are insured have health insurance through their parents’ employer-sponsored health insurance policies and one-third through the RIte Care Program. Rhode Island has made progress in providing access to dental care through the RIte Smiles program.
Child care costs represent a significant portion of low-income families’ budgets.
Since 2003, there has been a 46% decrease in child care subsidies in Rhode Island.
2011 Data on Achievement Gaps by Income Level100% Low-Income Higher-Income90% 87% 89%80% 83% 85%70% 64% 66% 63%60% 56%50%40%30%20%10% 0% 4th Grade Reading 8th Grade Reading 11th Grade Reading 4-Year Graduation Proficiency Proficiency Proficiency Rate