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November 3, 2011

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Reminder: Property owners and renters who suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene have until 10 p.m. tonight, Nov. 3, to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Details

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'Losing Three Decades of Progress: Federal Budget Cuts and Children'

Bruce Lesley of Washington, D.C.-based First Focus discussed the possible impact of the recently negotiated federal budget cuts at the September 15 meeting of House Speaker Christopher Donovan's Task Force on Children in the Recession. There were also important presentations by Connecticut Voices for Children and the Liberty Bank Foundaion. Watch video, download documents, and more


'Connecticut Child Trends: The Ups and Downs'

Lawmakers, experts from state agencies, and advocates gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on September 13 to discuss the implications of the latest statistics concerning Connecticut children. The event was held by the Commission and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS).

Watch video, download documents, and more

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Zimmerman describes the challenges facing kids

Courtesy of the the United Way of Greater Waterbury, here's a brief video interview that Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman gave October 20 at the UWGW's annual Tocqueville Society Luncheon, where she delivered a keynote speech on the challenges facing Connecticut's children.

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16 communities to benefit from grants for parent leadership training

Parents in 16 towns and cities across Connecticut will receive training on how to become effective leaders in their communities, thanks to grants recently awarded by the Parent Trust Fund, an initiative of the Connecticut General Assembly. Learn more

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The suburbanization of poverty and help for struggling families

The Great Recession has reached deep into all parts of Connecticut, affecting even families who'd normally give help instead of seek it. The Commission on Children, the Liberty Bank Foundation, and their partners are working to arrange short-term assistance for needy families under 2010 legislation, An Act Concerning Children in the Recession. Learn more

Rep. Carter and Wendy Hess  

PLTI Corner
PLTI grads: They're everywhere!

That's Wendy Hess, a Danbury graduate of the Parent Leadership Training Institute, talking with state Representative Dan Carter of Bethel during office hours the representative recently held at the Danbury public library. Keep up with all the news surrounding PLTI—a civic leadership initiative of the Commission on Children—by checking our PLTI blog. |
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The Commission on Children: 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591.
Phone: 860.240.0290  Fax: (860) 240-0248  Website:

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, communications director; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development and special initiatives; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information

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