August 7, 2007

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Commission sponsors tour for Singapore officials

Delegates from the government of Singapore got a tour of early-childhood programs in Norwalk on July 24, courtesy of the Commission on Children. Conferring with some little ones at  the Stepping Stones Museum for Children are, from left, delegate Tan Hwee Seh, delegate Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, and Commission Chair Emerita Laura Lee Simon.

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Photos courtesy of Stepping Stones

Which 2007 children's bills became law?
Find out in this report, prepared by Commission on Children Legislative Director Elizabeth C. Brown. The 2007 Connecticut General Assembly created legislation addressing everything from lead poisoning and family health insurance to early reading success and after-school programs. Download the report (PDF)

Read public-hearing testimony submitted by the Commission by visiting our website's Legislative Log.
New parent leaders graduate from PLTI
One hundred and fifty parents, grandparents, and adoptive parents gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on June 20 to take their diplomas from the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a family civics initiative of the Commission on Children. Read more
Zimmerman honored by Smart Kids
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a nonprofit advocacy organization for parents of children with learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorder, gave its 2007 Community Service Award to Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman at its fifth-annual benefit gala on May 17 at the Marriott Hotel in Stamford. Read more
New topics on our website
You'll find lots of information regarding these two critically important topics in their new homes on our website. Check them out!
Commission on Children in the news
Note: Most newspapers make their online articles available for only a short period before charging access fees.

Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman was quoted in a July 28 Hartford Courant article headlined, "Mastery Test Results Show Reading Falloff." She called on the state to improve the way teachers are trained in reading instruction. Too often, she said, proven methods aren't followed. Courant article

Commission Director of Policy and Research Analysis Thomas Brooks was quoted for the June 25 issue of Nation's Cities Weekly, a publication of the National League of Cities, while attending a conference on school readiness in Atlanta. ("Leaders Explore Atlanta’s School Readiness Strategies") As state and local agencies
develop early education opportunities for children in family, friend and neighbor (FFN) care, "they need to start by listening to families,” he said. “Parents and caregivers know best what their community needs in order to support children." Download the newsletter (PDF)

Patti Keckeisen, past director of the Danbury site of the Parent Leadership Training Institute, was quoted in a July 25 Advocate of Stamford article regarding a Commission-sponsored tour of early childhood programs in Connecticut. She explained how PLTI gives parents the skills to participate more in local and state government. Advocate article  Commission article on the visit

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. More
The Connecticut Commission on Children
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT  06106-1591
Phone: (860) 240-0290  
Fax: (860) 240-0248

Commission members: James P. Cordier, Chair; George A. Coleman, Vice Chair; Josh Piteo, Treasurer; Mary Grace Reed, Secretary; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Judith Busch; Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann; Mary K. Fox; M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P; Senator Mary Ann Handley; Alison Hilding; Representative Michael Lawlor; Senator Jonathan Harris; Leslie Wolfgang; John Yrchik. Ex-officio members: commissioners of children and families, mental retardation, public health, education, social services, and correction; the secretary of policy and management; the attorney general; and the chief court administrator. More information

Commission staff: Elaine Zimmerman, executive director; Elizabeth C. Brown, legislative director; Thomas R. Brooks, director of policy and research analysis; Patricia Estill, special projects director; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) director; Kevin Flood, public information officer and webmaster; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information    


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