RIte Care wins in FY2010 state budget! (August, 2009)

   WCCC Spotlight August 5,2009
    A frequent reminder that our kids and families matter!
children's clothing
and school supplies

New Hope Chapel
17th Annual
School Days Outreach

Saturday, August 15, 2009
9 a.m. to 12 noon
80 Richmond Townhouse Rd. Carolina, RI
(next to  WashCo Fairgrounds)

People wishing to donate first quality new or used children's clothing and school supplies for the County's financially struggling families should contact the church at (401) 539-4673.


New studies released

Children living with
depression in families

   About 15.6 million children under 18 live with an adult who has had major depression in the past year, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children:  Opportunities for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment says that health and social service professionals who care for adults with depression should not only tackle their clients' physical and mental health, but also detect and prevent possible spillover effects on their children.

6 ways to connect
children to school

   When students believe that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals, they engage in less risky activities and are more likely to have better academic achievement, including higher grades and test scores, have better school attendance, and stay in school longer.
   School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth identifies six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school.

Few 15-year-olds
have experiences needed for success

   A new Search Institute study exploring the importance of teen motivation and engagement in civic life finds that only seven percent of 15 year-olds in the U.S. experience a strong combination of three key factors critical to their success, according to research sponsored by the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
   Teen Voice 2009: The Untapped Strengths of 15-Year-Olds is a national survey of 1,817 15-year olds that finds a majority of  teens lack high levels of each of the concepts: "sparks," "teen voice," and "relationships and opportunities."

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RIte Care wins in FY2010 state budget!

Threatened cuts for immigrants, pregnant women, and
dental coverage are averted; premiums aren't increased.

   The $7.8 billion Rhode Island FY 2010 budget contains several key provisions to strengthen the RIte Care health insurance program and to ensure that children and families are able to access health care, including:
  • RIte Care coverage will be restored for lawfully residing immigrant children.
  • Health insurance coverage for moderate-income pregnant women (through the RIte Care "buy-in" program) was preserved.
  • Dental coverage for 38,000 parents enrolled in RIte Care was preserved.
  • RIte Care premium increases were rescinded.
   For more information on changes to RIte Care in the budget read Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's 2009 Legislative WrapUp.

Something special for you to write on,
from Washington County's 2nd graders

Notecards from "The Way I Feel" bookmark project.
   Emotions. We've all got them. But when we're young, we're not necessarily quick to recognize their impact on us and others.
   Every year, the Coalition offers teachers and parents specialized training and materials to help young children understand and express the way they feel.
   The amazing artworks pictured are just three of dozens of bookmarks designed by Washington County 2nd graders last Spring, based on the book "The Way I Feel" by Janin Cain.Bookmark2
   One design was then chosen from each of the participating nine schools. The finalists were reproduced as full color bookmarks and are distributed widely throughout libraries, social service agencies, and schools throughout Washington County.
   This year, the Coalition also produced a beautiful set of notecards and envelopes from the nine designs. You can buy a package of six of these timeless cards and envelopes for a very reasonable $10, all of which goes to support the project and the Coalition in the coming year. You can mix and match as you wish.

Bookmark3   To see and buy these notecards, send an email to Maureen Egan today!
   Andréa Martin, the Coalition's "The Way I Feel" coordinator, will be reaching out to parents, teachers, and schools very soon.
   Very special thanks to the GFWC Women's Club of South County whose generous support was essential to the  success of this year's project.
What you need to know about the WCCC

The Washington County Coalition for Children brings together everyone in Washington County who cares about children. The Coalition is known for: 

  • Tracking and publishing the trends in children's issues, and convening public meetings around the needs.
  • Convening monthly meetings that bring together more than 40 organizations to tackle the most compelling problems facing children and their families.
  • Establishing a website to help parents of children with mental health and substance abuse problems connect with local treatment providers
  • Sponsoring an annual "How Are the Children?" Forum, a must-attend event for anyone working on children's issues: community leaders, advocates, and elected officials.
  • Holding monthly workshops to help doctors and mental health professionals care for children with behavioral health problems and  developmental disabilities.
  • Organizing a holiday gift drive for teens in conjunction with Casey's Grill & Bar in Wakefield.
     The Coalition achieves astounding results, with just one part-time staff person, dedicated volunteers, and administrative support from VNS Home Health Services. We cover all Coalition costs through voluntary contributions of Coalition members, grants, and your generous donations.
     For more information about the Washington County Coalition for Children, go to www.washcokids.org or contact Coalition Coordinator Susan Orban at wccc@washcokids.org or (401) 788-2061.