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September 12, 2011

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Join us Tuesday for 'Connecticut Child Trends: The Ups and Downs'

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2011 edition of its Kids Count Data Book has some encouraging statistics for Connecticut children—but also some troubling ones. The Commission and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) will host a discussion of the numbers with experts, lawmakers, state agency leaders, and others at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. No registration is necessary, but seating is limited. The Connecticut Network (CT-N) plans live coverage.

Agenda (PDF) | Directions | Summary of CT data from Kids Count (PDF) | More CT data

child drawing downward graph line  

Thursday: What will the coming federal budget cuts mean for Connecticut children?

House Speaker Christopher Donovan's Task Force on Children in the Recession will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to hear several important speakers, including Bruce Lesley of Washington, D.C.-based First Focus, who will discuss the possible impacts of the recently negotiated federal budget cuts.
Agenda (PDF)
| Event flyer (PDF) | Directions | Task Force home page

Save the Children report card  

Connecticut scores high in disaster planning

For the fourth year, Save the Children has graded each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on how well-prepared they are to ensure the safety of children in schools and child-care settings during disasters. For the first time, Connecticut meets all four basic criteria—just one of 17 states to do so. The good news comes after the legislature approved a bill that makes child safety a required component of the state’s civil preparedness planning. Report card (PDF) | More on the law (PDF)

PLTI blog photo  

PLTI Corner

Graduates attend domestic-violence bill signing

When Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a ceremonial bill signing for a new law aimed at improving Connecticut's response to domestic violence, two new graduates of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) were on hand: Zoleka Luswazi and Sara Tewolde. Visit the PLTI blog to see a great photo and get more PLTI news. PLTI is a civic leadership initiative of the Commission on Children. More information

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About the Commission:
Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut legislature, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. More

Commission members (all volunteer):
M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P., Chair; George A. Coleman, Vice Chair; Mary Grace Reed, Secretary; James P. Cordier, Treasurer; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Mary K. Fox; Robert Francis; Andrew Gibson, Ph.D.; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman, Ed.D.; Alison Hilding; Josh Piteo; Justine Rakich-Kelly; Barbara J. Ruhe; Ron Ward; and Valeri Whitmer. 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; Thomas R. Brooks, director of policy and research analysis; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) director; Kevin Flood, public information officer and webmaster; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development and special initiatives; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information

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