September 20, 2007

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In this issue:  
 Stand Up to Bullying! Visit the new Poverty section of our website
 Watch the September 11 Commission meeting online Wanted: grant writer and accounts manager
 Grants available for... Commission on Children in the news
 New Web address for PLTI About the Commission
 Legislators profiled on children's website  
Stand Up to Bullying!
Strategies to Make Connecticut Safe for Learning

Join the state Office of the Child Advocate, the Commission on Children, and other partners for this conference, to be held Monday, October 22, in Room 2-C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The keynote address will given by Ken Rigby, Ph.D. (pictured at right), an internationally acclaimed expert on bullying prevention. Dr. Rigby, an adjunct research professor and consultant based at the University of South Australia, is the author of "Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It" -- a book regarded as a standard text on the subject.

Learn more and register | Event flyer (PDF) | Bullying section of our website  
Watch the September 11 Commission meeting online
The meeting, at which the Commission heard from legislative leaders and agency commissioners about the children's issues likely to receive attention in next year's General Assembly session, may be viewed on the website of the Connecticut Network (CT-N). CT-N website | Meeting agenda (PDF)

Grants available for . . .
  • After-school programs: The state Department of Education has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for its After School Grant Program, which serves children in grades K through 12. The application deadline is October 5, 2007. To download the RFP, visit the Department's website.
  • Parent-leadership programs: The Children’s Trust Fund is accepting grant proposals from public and private non-profit organizations seeking to provide parent leadership training, including the development of advocacy skills. To download the request for proposals (RFP) and other application materials, visit the Children's Trust Fund website.
  • Towns and cities to address childhood obesity: The state Department of Public Health has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to support local policy and environmental changes that are effective against obesity. The funding is a result of a 2007 state law appropriating $500,000 to improve the physical fitness and nutrition of Connecticut children between the ages of 8 and 18 who are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. The application deadline is October 31, 2007. To download the RFP, visit the Department's website.
New Web address for PLTI
Reaching the Parent Leadership Training Institute section of our website just got easier. Use this new, shorter address: The pages also remain accessible under the Parent Engagement section of the site.
Legislators profiled on children's website
ConneCT Kids, the state website that provides school-aged children with all sorts of information about Connecticut, has three new profiles in its Know Your Legislator section. They're about senators Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Edith Prague of Columbia, and Andrew Roraback of Goshen. Read them here
Visit the new Poverty section of our website
More than 1 in 10 Connecticut children live in poverty. Visit this section of our website to learn more about the scope of the problem and what's being done about it. Poverty section

Wanted: grant writer and accounts manager
The Connecticut Commission on Children has a full-time position available for a grant writer and accounts manager. This position requires applying for grants, writing grant reports for federal, state, and philanthropic organizations, and managing accounts. More (PDF)

Commission on Children in the news
Note: Most newspapers make their online articles available for only a short period before charging access fees.
  • 'Where We Live,' the public-affairs program presented weekday mornings by Connecticut Public Radio, focused Tuesday on bullying, with Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman joining Marji Lipshez Shapiro of the Anti-Defamation League's Connecticut office to provide expert views on the subject. Listen to the program on your computer by visiting the website of WNPR.
  • The Washington Post reported September 6 on the formation of a Parent Leadership Training Institute program in Alexandria, Virginia. The city modeled its program on the Connecticut PLTI program, founded by the Commission 15 years ago. The Post observed that PLTI "bills itself as nothing short of a means to reinvigorate democracy." Read the article on the Post website | Request a copy from the Commission | Learn more about PLTIsm
  • The Connecticut Historical Society will add video footage from Commission events to its traveling exhibit, "September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects." The exhibit looks at how Connecticut citizens reacted to the terrorist attacks. The Commission footage shows children from around the state presenting their feelings about the attacks through writing and artwork. The exhibit will be on display in the second-floor gallery of the HSBC bank branch at 19 Post Road East, Westport, through October 13.
    Get details at the CHS website | Visit the Terrorism and Natural Disasters section of our website
  • In the Waterbury Republican-American, the first of a series of articles on the status of Connecticut children featured quotes from Elaine Zimmerman. Read the article on Republican-American website | Request a copy from 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
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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