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2016 State Baby Facts-Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Baby Diaper Facts
Diapers are as essential to a baby's healthy development as a mother's love. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential. But many babies don't have the clean diapers they need.
Compiled by the National Diaper Bank Network
32,985
Total population under age 3
16%
of children under age 18 are infants or toddlers
20%
Live in families earning less than 100% of FPL
18%
Live in families earning 100% to 200% of FPL
11,913,185
Total population under age 3
16%
of children under age 18 are infants or toddlers
Rhode Island
United States
Live in families earning less than 100% of FPL
Live in families earning 100% to 200% of FPL
23%
23%
Rhode Island's Children Need Diapers
Rev. Date 4/2017
Rhode Island's Babies Need Strong Foundations
Children in low-income families are at greatest risk of suffering the effects of diaper need because many families can't afford diapers. Current public support programs help some, but young children have additional needs necessary to build a strong foundation for healthy growth and to reach their fullest potential.
18%
11%
Percentage of SNAP Recipients Under Age 5
Percentage of WIC Recipients that are Infants
Percentage of TANF Families with at least one child under age 3
25%
23%
42%
35%
50%
48%
Percentage of Births Covered by Medicaid
14%
Two-Parent Households
Diapers Are Essential to the Well-Being of Rhode Island's Families
Mothers in the workforce with infants
72%
Most working parents rely on child care. Most child care facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child. Without child care, parents can't work or attend school.
14%
50%
Cost of Infant Care as a Percentage of Income
Single-Parent Households
62%
Rhode Island
United States
Rhode Island
United States
12%
42%
Of the                        infants, toddlers, and mothers who participate in Early Head Start, are from Rhode Island
529
Children Under Age 3 Receive Federal Child Care Support
116,740
28%
23%
Early Head Start provides child and family development services for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. Center-based EHS programs provide diapers for infants and toddlers. Other federally funded child care assistance programs don't. For families enrolled in the latter, not having access to diapers removes a key building block for strong families. Without diapers a parent can't go to work, and not working disqualifies a parent from vital child care resources.  
Early Education Supports Help South Dakota's Children
An average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. The only federal assistance program that can be used for diapers is TANF, but TANF has to cover many other expenses, including heat, electric and water bills, rent, clothing, transportation, and other basic needs. Little if any money is available to purchase enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy.
In Rhode Island, there is a 12-month exemption from the work-related activity requirement after the birth of a child for single parent households receiving TANF payments.
$80
$474
$448
$554
TANF & Diapers in Rhode Island
Rhode Island's Diaper Bank Helps Fill the Gap
The National Diaper Bank Network’s goal is to ensure that every child in the United States has enough diapers to remain clean, dry, and healthy. Diaper banks across the country are working to eliminate diaper need by providing families with diapers.
Rhode Island has
NDBN-member diaper bank distributing diapers. 
1
Nationally there are
NDBN-member diaper banks
distributing over
diapers annually!
300+
46 million
All diaper banks require community support and donations of diapers and dollars to allow them to serve their communities.  
Learn how you can help at NationalDiaperBankNetwork.org
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Rev. Date 12/2016