Thursday, March 1, 2012

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'Domestic Violence Through the Eyes of the Child’

Last year, more than 1,000 Connecticut children required emergency sheltering because of family violence in their homes. That's just one of the facts that emerged at a February 10 panel discussion on the effects of domestic violence on children. It was sponsored by the Commission, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the state Office of the Child Advocate.

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'Youth Unemployment: the New Great Depression'

Academics, business leaders, lawmakers, and youth came together recently to explore ways of improving the employment picture for young people, whose unemployment rate is twice that of the overall population. The event was sponsored by the Commission and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council.

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What the Commission accomplished in 2011

The Commission on Children raised nearly $2.5 million (nearly five times its operating budget) from federal and philanthropic sources for everything from improving home-visitation programs to reforming the way teachers give reading instruction. It was pivotal in passing the state's new anti-bullying law other children's legislation. It held seven televised forums on a variety of topics. And it graduated more than 160 parents from its nationally renowed Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI).

But that's just for starters. For the whole story, read our 2011 Results Based Accountability report, submitted recently to the legislature's Appropriations Committee. Download it here (PDF, 38 pages)


Has it really been 20 years?

Yes, the class graduating this June from the Commission's Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) will be the 20th, so we'll be celebrating the occasion in the coming months with events, articles, and more to highlight the achievements of this unique civics program. Check future issues of this newsletter or the PLTI blog for details. If you're a PLTI graduate or supporter, we'd love for you to participate. You can share your memories on the blog or e-mail them to us. We're also looking for photos and other memorabilia. More about PLTI

Upcoming Events

'A Call to Action to Eliminate a Preventable Contributor to the Achievement Gap: Childhood Lead Poisoning,' 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 7, in Room 2-C of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. The Commission is one of many agencies and organizations co-sponsoring this public forum. For registration information, go to the website of the Foundation for Educational Advancement

The Commission on Children:
18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591
Phone: 860.240.0290 | Fax: (860) 240-0248
Due to budget cuts, the Commission office is closed on Fridays.

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; 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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