September 16, 2008
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Follow this link to visit KidsforCT.org, the website containing the winning game plan for kids and Connecticut. As Coach Jim Calhoun says, "It's all about the kids."
Focus on child
WVIT-TV reporter Tom Monahan (right) interviewed Senator
Jonathan Harris and Commission on Children Executive Director
Elaine Zimmerman about new legislation to battle child poverty
on the August 10 edition of "Connecticut Newsmakers." For more
information on the legislation,
visit the Poverty section of our website.
(Photo: Pat Estill)
children about September 11|
Another anniversary of the September 11 attacks has come and gone, but
the impact of such events on children can be deep and life-long. That's
why each year for six years after the 9/11 attacks, the Commission on
Children invited children and youth throughout Connecticut to express
their feelings about terrorism, natural disasters, and their overall
safety in art and writing. Among the things we learned from their work:
- Children are concerned that
adults are not fully in control and protecting them. After 9-11 and
Hurricane Katrina, they wondered why adults couldn’t prevent such
events or their consequences.
- Many children do not feel safe.
Some feel safer than others within their homes, but all of them
worry about what’s going on outside – regardless of whether they
live in a city, suburb, or small town.
- Children want to know what
their communities and the state are doing to keep them safe. What if
an emergency occurs while they're at day care or an after-school
program? Will they be evacuated? How will they reach their parents?
What if they are disabled?
We invite you to view a booklet containing some of
the best children’s work we received (PDF)
If you’d like printed copies of the
contact us here.
Become a parent leader
The Parent Leadership Training
Institute inspires and trains parents to become leading
advocates for children. Since its inception, PLTI has helped more than
1,700 parents across the state make a difference by taking leadership
roles in local PTOs, boards of education, city councils, nonprofit
boards, and even in the Connecticut General Assembly. Fall training
sessions start in October in New Britain, Norwalk, and Stamford. For more
information on how to get involved, visit
www.plti-ct.org or call 860-240-0085.
PLTI: Helping parents who care
become parents who
fast for childhood
A few seats remain for the Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council forum
set for Friday, November 7, at
the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The session will help
municipal officials, community
leaders, health-care professionals, educators, business
people, and families
respond effectively to the epidemic of childhood obesity.
The keynote speaker will be Kelly Brownell, Ph.D.,
director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale
Learn more and register
PS: We will post a notice on the website when regular seating runs
out and begin taking registrations for an overflow room.
PPS: The Council welcomes suggestions for panel topics
and speakers that would inform attendees on best practices in childhood
obesity prevention. Send your ideas to Commission Director of
Policy and Research Analysis
Thomas R. Brooks. (Do not register
here; see above.)
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 gave two
television interviews on September 11 regarding the 9/11 attacks'
impact on children. The first was a live one for the morning
newscast of WVIT-TV, Channel 30 in West Hartford. The second was
taped for "Beyond the Headlines," a public affairs program that
aired Sunday, September 13 on WTIC-TV, Channel 61 in West Hartford.
Watch the Channel 61 interview
- Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman discussed reading
instruction in Connecticut for the May 14 edition of "Where We
Live," a public-affairs program on Connecticut Public Radio's WNPR-FM.
Listen to the program on the WNPR website (52 minutes)
- Prior to the June 25 statewide graduation ceremonies for the
Parent Leadership Training Institute's Class of 2008 (see
above), the local PLTI sites held their own ceremonies,
and several of those were covered by local newspapers, including the
Connecticut Post (for the Milford site), the Norwalk Hour, and the
Greenwich Post. To get copies of those articles -- since they aren't
available on the newspapers' website for very long --
send an e-mail to the Commission.
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
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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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M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair; George A. Coleman, Vice Chair;
Alison Hilding, Treasurer; Judith Busch, Secretary; James P. Cordier;
Representative Andrew M. Fleischmann; Mary K. Fox; Senator Mary Ann
Handley; Senator Jonathan Harris; Representative Michael Lawlor; Josh
Piteo; Mary Grace Reed; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Leslie Wolfgang;
John Yrchik. Ex-officio members: commissioners of children and families,
developmental services, public health, education, social services, and correction; the secretary of policy and management; the attorney general; and the chief court administrator.
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; Mary Kate Lowndes, grant writer and accounts manager; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information
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