Long-time KIDS COUNT leader Burke Bryant to resign

ELIZABETH BURKE BRYANT will step down as executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT by the end of the year, having led the organization since its inception in 1994. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PROVIDENCE – The only executive director in Rhode Island history KIDS COUNT will leave the organization by the end of the year.

KIDS COUNT Board Chair Marisa Albanese announced in a letter to the community on Tuesday that Elizabeth Burke Bryant, who has been the director of the child welfare organization since the nonprofit’s founding in 1994, will be stepping down from her position.

It was not clear in the letter why Burke Bryant left the organization. Representatives from KIDS COUNT did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Albanian said in the letter that Burke Bryant has helped KIDS COUNT become the Ocean State’s premier children’s advocacy group by striving to improve the health, education, early childhood development and safety of children with a commitment for equality. The organization, led by Burke Bryant, also releases an annual Factbook, which regularly focuses on striking differences in childhood outcomes by race, ethnicity and income, Albanian said, calling for an end to racism that has fueled the inequalities.

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KIDS COUNT has also helped drive policies to improve the well-being of children in the state, Albanian said. Among them are the state’s pre-kindergarten program, all-day kindergarten, children’s health insurance, reducing lead poisoning in children, expanding the services of the RI Department of Children, Youth and Families for foster children up to age 21 and the roll back a law that allowed 17-year-olds to be tried as adults.

The organization has also strongly focused on reducing child poverty and increasing access to both better nutrition and affordable housing, Albanian said.

“Elizabeth [Burke Bryant] has also built an exemplary team of child advocates … who work with other advocates, community organizations and partners inside and outside government,” Albanian wrote, “to promote just policies and raise the voices of those most affected by these policies.” are affected, including parents and young people.”

Albanian said the board is looking for Burke Bryant’s successor, starting by looking internally.

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