Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted a 20th Anniversary Special Kick-Off Luncheon, Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, celebrating two decades of advocacy for children

The keynote speaker was Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund who is the nation’s foremost child advocate.

LPR Coverage of RI Kids Count Event 1/29/2014

Marian Wright Edelman by Latino Public Radio

Victor Capellan by Latino Public Radio

The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind(r) mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.