February 14, 2007
Next issue: February 28
View this newsletter as a Web page
'Bringing Safety Back to Youth in 2007'
Hartford Police Chief Daryl K.
Roberts confers with Interim Associate Education
Commissioner George Dowaliby (left) and Commission on
Children member Alison Hilding at the Commission's January 9
forum on youth violence.
The event garnered front-page
coverage the next day in the
Hartford Courant. "(Commission
on Children Executive Director Elaine) Zimmerman and other
advocates said they will push for a variety of prevention
initiatives this legislative session, including funding to
reduce truancy, create more after-school programs and
increase summer employment for youths to keep them out of
trouble," the Courant reported. "Expanding juvenile review
boards and increasing funding to local youth service bureaus
could also help divert youngsters from jails and detention
centers, they said."
The event was televised by
CT-N You may download the program
Keeping Up with the Legislature
The 2007 General Assembly session
is in high gear, with committees holding public hearings and the
governor submitting her proposed budget for fiscal years 2008 and
2009. To identify important children's legislation and monitor its
progress through the session, bookmark these pages of the
The Legislative Log
This page provides a day-to-day
account of events surrounding children's issues at the Capitol.
Policy Direction in 2007
This PDF document spells out the Commission's policy goals for
Thousands of bills have been introduced this year. Which ones
does the Commission support?
Here's the latest list. Please
note that a bill's content may change, which in turn
may affect the Commission's support.
Forum on children with special
health-care needs, co-sponsored by the Commission on Children.
When: 10 a.m., Tuesday,
February 20. Where: Room 1-C of the Legislative Office Building in
Connecticut Family Support
Council reception to announce the Council's legislative agenda.
When: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8. Where: Second-floor
atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. (This event
originally was scheduled to be held Wednesday, February 14, but had
to be rescheduled due to inclement weather.)
Connecticut Commission on Children
regular meeting. When: Tuesday, March 13. Where: TBA.
For more events, visit the
of the Commission's website.
Parent Engagement Update
February declared Parent Leadership
Month in Middletown
The Parent Leadership Training Institute
is a Commission
initiative that trains parents to become advocates for children. Its
success in Middlesex County led
Middletown Mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano
to declare this Parent Leadership Month in the city. In his
proclamation, the mayor noted that in Middletown alone, PLTI "has
been the conduit for over 70,000 volunteer hours, 12 Parent Teacher
Association presidents, five School Readiness Council members, one
Inland Wetlands Commission member, one council member for the
Citizens’ Action Committee, and many other valued positions
throughout the City."
"The City of Middletown believes that if
parents, grandparents, and guardians understand the tools of
democracy," Mayor Giuliano said, "they will actively engage in civic
View the proclamation (PDF)
Learn more about PLTI
PLTI is one of the parent initiatives
funded by the Parent Trust Fund, a program of the Children’s Trust
Fund. It is administered in collaboration with the Commission and
the Connecticut Center for School Change. For the latest update on
visit this page of the Commission website.
Catching up on the news
News page of the Commission website is updated nearly every day.
If you haven't checked it lately, here are some highlights:
- Connecticut hospitals report
that their emergency departments (EDs) are being called upon to
serve increasing numbers of children and youth with primary
psychiatric diagnoses. The Child Health Development Institute (CHDI),
in the first of a series of reports, has examined ED visits for
psychiatric purposes by children and youth enrolled in HUSKY A
between 2002 and 2005.
- "This past November, the
Greenwich High School principal, Alan J. Capasso, greeted an
early morning assembly of more than 800 freshmen about to begin
a mandatory anti-bias, anti-bullying program called 'Names Can
Really Hurt Us.' He told them, 'This is the most important day
of your school year.'” -- New York Times article, January 29.
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
To update your
e-mail address or unsubscribe from this newsletter, e-mail
forwarded this message to you, and you'd like to sign up for
your own newsletter,
here. Your address will not be shared with third
Copyright © 2007 Connecticut General Assembly