May 2009

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In this issue: 
  • Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council looks ahead
  • PLTI and Parents SEE evaluations show dramatic results
  • The Commission on Children at the Cutting Edge
  • Latest from the Capitol
  • Commission on Children in the news
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Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council looks ahead
The Council, led by the Commission on Children and the state Department of Public Health, received an overview of obesity trends, reviewed policy recommendations from its recent Preventing Childhood Obesity forum, and considered a research and policy work plan for the year ahead.

Visit the Council's home page to learn more

Childhood Obesity section of the Commission website

PLTI and Parents SEE evaluations show dramatic results
A research group has submitted an evaluation of two Commission-led parent leadership programs, the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE). Graduates of the two programs said overwhelmingly in surveys that their experiences led to greater participation in their communities. For instance, 86 percent of PLTI graduates said they now “get in touch with elected officials when important bills or issues about my community are pending.” Before graduation, that was true for only 34 percent.

Read the executive summary | More about PLTI | More about Parents SEE

The Commission on Children at the Cutting Edge

For each dollar invested in it, the Commission on Children brings in more than three dollars from federal funds, foundations, and private sources. That's just one of the accomplishments outlined in this document, updated in May 2009. Read it here (PDF) | More about the Commission


1 in 4 Connecticut high school students is obese or overweight.

Visit the factsheet page
of the Commission website for more facts on childhood obesity and other topics, including bullying, lead poisoning, parent engagement, poverty, prevention, and reading.

Latest from the Capitol
Commission on Children Legislative Director Elizabeth Brown has prepared a summary on the status of important children's legislation pending before the General Assembly. Read it here (PDF)

Commission public hearing testimony | General Assembly home page

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 discussed the Commission's mission and goals on the April 19 broadcast of “Living Well Connecticut,” a public affairs program on WTIC-AM 1080 in the Hartford area. The program was hosted by Bill Pearse and Commission on Aging Executive Director Julia Evans Starr.
  • Commission Legislative Director Elizabeth C. Brown was interviewed on the children's issues before the General Assembly for a monthly public-access show appearing on the Charter Communications cable television franchise in eastern Connecticut.
  • Commission Director of Research and Policy Analysis Thomas R. Brooks was a featured speaker on childhood obesity policy and legislative strategies at Childhood Obesity: Addressing the Epidemic in the City of Hartford, a meeting held by Aetna Inc. at the company's headquarters in Hartford on May 14.
  • Commission Director of Research and Policy Analysis Thomas R. Brooks was quoted in an April 27 article in The Hour newspaper of Norwalk regarding bullying incidents in Norwalk. He was interviewed as an expert on the state's bullying law. For a PDF version of the article, contact us.
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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: 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; Barbara J. Ruhe; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; 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. 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; Mary Kate Lowndes, grant writer and accounts manager; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information

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