The Coalition has been tracking data about Washington County's children since 2001. Our first report, published in 2003, identified 39 gaps in services and laid the groundwork for much of the Coalition's future efforts.

Our latest ...and how are the children? report contains the most recent information available about the specific needs of children and families in Washington County.

Among the report's key findings:

  • SNAP enrollment increased by a third between 2009 and 2013
  • Child care centers enrolled in Bright Stars program jumped
  • Premature births dropped by a third
  • More than 300 county teens reported being hurt physically in dating relationships
  • At least half the students in all the County's middle schools are witnessing or are otherwise affected by bullying
  • A third of teens are sexually active, but the number of teen births continue to drop
  • Roughly the same number reports using marijuana
  • One in four high schoolers reports being depressed.

Click the link below to view the 84 page 2015 report published on ISSUU:

Full Report

CATCH Initiatives

With the help of local pediatricians, the Coalition has carried out two CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) Planning Initiatives, funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, to address pressing child health issues in Washington County.

Our 2008 CATCH Planning Initiative focused on uncovering the root causes of delayed prenatal care, teen pregnancy, and food insecurity in Westerly, RI (one of the 9 towns comprising Washington County). Three common community assessment strategies were utilized to help uncover these root causes. In an effort to help identify potential action steps, we also undertook a study of effective programs used elsewhere in the nation. For summaries of these activities, click below:

Key Informant Interviews
Parent Survey
Focus Groups
'Models That Work' Study

For a copy of our final report, click below:

Westerly Children At Risk Report 3-25-10

Our 2003 CATCH Planning Initiative was designed to document children's mental health needs in Washington County. For a summary of activities/findings and results of the Children's Mental Health Summit we organized, click below:

CATCH Final Report
Summit Results

Since little reliable data was available documenting children's mental health needs in Washington County, four strategies were implemented to generate information about local issues and needs. Click the links below for the summaries of findings from each of these strategies:

Key Informant Interviews
Parent Survey
Focus Groups
System Assessment Interviews