Early Childhood Development
"The brain develops to 90%
of its capacity in the first five years of a
-- From the December 2004 edition of the
Commission newsletter, "School Readiness and
Early Reading Success"
First Words, First
Steps: The Importance of the Early Years
should Connecticut follow to promote the health and
education of infants and toddlers? The Commission on
Children and Department of Social Services (DSS) are working
on a document answering that question.
It will be reviewed and finalized by the Connecticut Early
Childhood Education Cabinet.
Connecticut Summit on
the Early Years
On October 29, 2007, the
Commission held a
summit where experts discussed the latest advances in neuroscience,
molecular biology, genetics, and other areas of
research in early childhood development -- all with an eye toward using
them as the basis for public policy in Connecticut.
Get summit materials here
UCLA's Halfon discusses
the importance of early childhood development
Dr. Neal Halfon, director of the UCLA Center for Healthier
Children, Families and Communities, spoke about early childhood development
(ECD) at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on
October 1. "The evidence for increasing our investments in
ECD is overwhelming and growing," Dr. Halfon said, adding
that such investments will go a long way in determining the
future wealth of our nation. His visit was sponsored by the Commission and the
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Commission hosts visit
by Singapore officials
Curious to know how Connecticut addresses early childhood
development, delegates from the government of Singapore toured
several facilities in Norwalk on July 24, 2007, as guests of the
Commission on Children. Read more
Improving Children's Social and Emotional
Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman was one of three
presenters at a May 17 audio and Web conference entitled, "School
Readiness and Success: Improving Children's Social and Emotional
Development." Visit this page
Every Grownup Is a
This booklet, created by the Commission and sponsored by the
state Department of Education, uses a photo exhibit to make
basic points about the importance of reading to children.
Introduction by Dr. Alice S. Carter of Yale University's
Department of Psychology.
Download the PDF
Building a Bridge from
Birth to School: A Presentation by Dr. Neal Halfon
Dr. Neal Halfon, a
prominent pediatrician who directs the Center for Healthier
Children, Families and Communities at UCLA, discussed ways
to improve early childhood development at the Legislative
Office Building in Hartford on August 8, 2006.
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Leads the Way with School Readiness and
Early Reading Success
An overview, updated in 2005, of the 1997 school readiness
legislation (Public Act 97-259), in
which Connecticut made a comprehensive
commitment to best practices in early
Download the PDF.
Hartford Blueprint for Young Children
In June 2004, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez
asked the Hartford Public Schools, the
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving,
and the Connecticut Commission on
Children to chart a new course for the
city to strengthen early childhood
policy and services. This 12-page report
is the product of that work.
Download it as a PDF
School Readiness and Early Reading
newsletters (all in PDF format) concern implementation of
the school readiness legislation.
Childhood Research and Policy Council
Governor M. Jodi Rell created this panel to work with the
Education Cabinet (see above)
on funding options and recommendations. Its
documents -- including its investment recommendations for
the fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09 -- are posted online by
The United Way of Connecticut.
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The Early Childhood Education section of the department's
website contains links to variety of important documents on
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