March 19, 2008
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Playbook for Prevention is here!
Winners are made, not born. With that in mind, the
Connecticut Commission on Children and its partners
have put together Connecticut’s Playbook for
Prevention, a “game plan” that parents,
educators, care providers, and policymakers can
follow to ensure all Connecticut children grow into
happy, healthy, and productive adults.
Hall of Fame basketball
coach Jim Calhoun touts the Playbook in an intensive
media campaign that’s reaching out to all
Connecticut residents through television, newspaper,
and Internet advertising.
The Playbook's 10 easy-to-read sections give
parents, other family members, educators,
health-care professionals, day care providers, towns
and cities, state leaders, and the public ideas
about what they can do to put our most important
children’s issues squarely at center court. After
all, as Coach Calhoun says, “It’s all about the
www.KidsForCT.org to download the Playbook
or order printed copies.
A celebration of Connecticut's immunization champions
Over the past 12
years, Connecticut has ranked among the top five states in the
nation for on-time childhood immunizations. On Wednesday, April 23,
officials of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) will travel to Hartford to honor the state for its success.
The state, in turn, will honor 16 "champions" -- doctors,
nurses, office managers, and Immunization Action Plan coordinators
from across Connecticut who've worked especially hard to ensure good
health for our children.
The event begins with a
continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the second-floor atrium of the
Legislative Office Building. The award ceremonies follow at 10 a.m.,
in Room 2-C of the LOB. For more details,
download this flyer (PDF). If you plan to attend,
please RSVP here.
Meet the latest addition to our staff
The Commission on Children has hired Mary Kate
Lowndes for the new position of grant writer and accounts manager.
She comes to the Commission after serving seven years as
executive director of Holcomb Farm Learning Centers in West
Granby. Prior to that, she led an extensive career in the
Peace Corps, with postings in Honduras, the Dominican
Republic, and Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor of
science degree in communications, economics, and government
from American University in Washington, D.C.
You can contact Mary
Kate by e-mail
or by calling her at (860) 240-0017.
proposals highlighted by national organization
Zero to Three, a
national nonprofit group recognized as one of the nation's leading
resources on the first three years of life, reported in its March 3
newsletter about the work of Governor’s Early Childhood Education
Cabinet on “First Words, First Steps," a document that will provide
specific policy recommendations for the healthy development of the
state’s infants and toddlers. The work is being done by the
Cabinet's Infants and Toddlers Planning Group, led by the Commission
on Children and the Department of Social Services (DSS).
legislature is in session, and we're blogging about it
Keep with developments on children's issues throughout the 2008
General Assembly session by regularly checking our
Legislative Blog. In addition, here are
some of the bills on which we've testified.
Bullying report issued
This 12-page document contains the key points
made at last fall's "Stand Up to Bullying!" forum, sponsored by the
Commission and the Office of the Child Advocate.
Download the report (PDF, 12 pages) |
More on bullying
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.
Commission on Children
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
|Phone: (860) 240-0290
Fax: (860) 240-0248
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
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,
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