November 21, 2007
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Huge turnout for 'Stand Up to Bullying!'
More than 250 people came to the Legislative Office Building in
Hartford on October 22 to attend a forum on bullying held by the Commission on Children, the Office of the
Child Advocate, and other partners
Experts explored the causes, effects, and possible solutions to the
problem, while a panel of students gave moving accounts of how
bullying affected them.
PLTI ready for its close-up
The Parent Leadership Training InstituteSM is the subject
of a new, eight-minute video and two public service announcements.
In all three, parents talk about the leadership skills and
confidence they gained in PLTI.
Watch them here
Connecticut ranks No. 2 in the
nation for immunization
The 2006 data from the National Immunization Survey, widely regarded
as the most reliable source for information on vaccination rates
nationwide, puts Connecticut second in the nation for the highest
percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received their
recommended series of childhood vaccines. Connecticut's level was 82
percent; the national level was 77 percent.
Council to meet on November 28
The Connecticut Childhood Obesity Council will meet from 9 to 10:30
a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, in Room 1-B of the Legislative
Office Building in Hartford. For more information, contact Thomas
Brooks of the Commission on Children at (860) 240-0075 or Christine
Parker of the state Department of Public Health at (860) 509-7817.
Directions to the LOB
'Child Poverty in Connecticut'
This new fact sheet from the Commission contains the latest data
on child poverty in Connecticut,
and much of it is disturbing. For instance, Hartford has the
sixth-highest child poverty rate in the nation among cities with
populations exceeding 100,000. It's joined by three other
Connecticut cities -- Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven -- among
the 75 cities with the highest child poverty rates in the nation.
Download the PDF (4 pages)
Visit the Poverty section of our website
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 Zimmerman
appeared on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) on October
25, as part of an expert panel discussing the status of
children's literacy in the state.
CPTV website |
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- Heather Greene, a graduate of
the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), was quoted
in a November 18 Hartford Courant article after her
complaints led to state investigations of Health Net of
Read the article |
Learn more about PLTI
- The 'Stand Up to Bullying!'
forum (see above)
was the subject of a next-day article in the Hartford Courant.
Referring to students who spoke about being bullied, the Courant
reported, that advocates "hope such testimonials will help
strengthen the state's four-year-old anti-bullying statute."
Access the article via iConn.org
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; Rachel Levy, executive secretary; Edie Luciano,
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