January 3, 2007
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The 2007 General Assembly
session is under way!
Connecticut's newly elected lawmakers -- 36 senators and 151
representatives -- officially got down to business today, opening a 2007
regular session that's likely to see lots of debate on children's
issues. Keep up with day-to-day developments by visiting the
Legislative Log of our website.
You'll find times and dates for public hearings, copies of
Commission testimony, and lots of other vital information.
Right: Rep. Christel H. Truglia of Stamford,
foreground, was among those sworn in today.
9: 'Bringing Safety Back to Youth
Youth safety will be the theme of the next regular meeting of the Commission on Children,
set for 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, January 9, in Room 1-C of the
Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Watch the
Commission website for details.
Directions to the LOB
January 11: Family Support Council
The Council, a state panel that works on issues concerning
children with disabilities, will hold its next monthly meeting from
9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 11, in Room 1-B of the
Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Directions to the LOB
January 18: Infant/Toddler
The Commission will hold a briefing on state policy toward infants
and toddlers on Thursday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Room
1-B of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Directions to the LOB
Nearly 300 grandparents attend
Many Connecticut children
live in households headed by grandparents -- who hardly find it
easier the second time around. To assist them, the Commission on
Children, in partnership with AARP Connecticut, and Generations
United, hosted a conference where experts offered useful information
on everything from subsidized guardianship to child health.
Grandparents from throughout the state converged on the Legislative
Office Building in Hartford for the event.
Visit our website for details and photos
First Words, First Steps
What policies should
Connecticut follow to promote the health and education of infants
and toddlers? The Commission and the state Department of Social
Services (DSS) have sought to answer that by issuing a draft
document entitled, "First Words, First
Steps: The Importance of the Early Years." To coincide with that,
the state's Early Childhood Education Cabinet held a forum on
infants and toddlers on November 15.
Read all about it on our website
Parents and kids alike can learn about nutrition,
fitness, hygiene, and safety at the "Healthyville"
exhibit of the
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in
Commission has authored a
pamphlet for the exhibit,
entitled, "Healthy Children, Healthy Communities." It explains what
state government has done in recent years to
promote children’s health, safety, and learning.
Parent Engagement Update
"When schools, families, and communities
work together to support learning, children tend to do better in
school, stay in school longer, and like school more." That's one of
the findings in a report from the National Center for Family &
Community Connections with Schools, at the Southwest Educational
Development Laboratory (SEDL).
241-page report, "A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School,
Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement," may be
downloaded for free in PDF format or
purchased in book form via the SEDL website.
National Education Association, which represents teachers and other
education professionals, has
highlighted the findings on its website.
|The Parent Leadership Training Institute
is a Commission
initiative that helps parents become advocates for children.
more about PLTI
Heard Our PSA Yet?
If you haven't heard our public service announcement on
childhood obesity, listen to it on the home page of our website:
www.cga.ct.gov/coc. Produced in partnership with the Connecticut
Conference of Municipalities, it features three mayors -- Eddie
Perez of Hartford, Betsy Paterson of Mansfield, and Jim Richetelli
of Milford -- who list ways families can "get moving!" Mayor Perez
narrates a Spanish-language version.
About the Commission
Created in 1985 by the Connecticut
General Assembly, the 25-member Commission on Children brings
together the three branches of government--legislative, executive,
and judicial--as well as the private sector to promote public
policies in the best interests of children.
| The Connecticut
Commission on Children
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
|Phone: (860) 240-0290
Fax: (860) 240-0248
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