children en Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013 <p>There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.</p><p>Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. &nbsp;Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 30644 at RI Children Healthier, But Many Still in Poverty <p>Kids Count is out with its annual report on the health, education and safety of children in Rhode Island.</p><p>The report shows there are close to a quarter million children in the state. Nineteen percent live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.</p><p>The good news, says Kids Count director Elizabeth Burke Bryant, is that they’re healthier than they once were.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:36:25 +0000 Flo Jonic & Elisabeth Harrison 13204 at RI Children Healthier, But Many Still in Poverty