Which 2007 children's bills
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.
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 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
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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
Patti Keckeisen, past director of the Danbury
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
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.
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; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information