July 19, 2012

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PLTI graduates  

Parent leaders graduate

More than 250 parents filed into the atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on June 20 to graduate from two parent leadership programs led by the Commission: the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE). They left as community leaders.

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PLTI graduates  

Legislation from the 2012 General Assembly session that impacts Connecticut’s children

The 2012 legislative session turned out to be a momentous one for Connecticut children, with major bills concerning education, child health and safety, families, and youth-employment winning passage. This report gives a plain-language summary of each bill. PDF (19 pages)

elaine zimmerman  

VIDEO: Stereotyping and Bullying, 21st-Century Style

Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman and True Colors Inc. Executive Director Robin McHaelen recently led a discussion on bullying at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. They focused on the programs, tools, and interventions available, including Connecticut's new anti-bullying law.

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PLTI Corner

VIDEO: Joyce Epstein on schools and families

Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, spoke at a conference in Cromwell, Connecticut in May 2012 and graciously sat down for an interview with Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, director of parent engagement and family policy for the Connecticut Commission on Children.
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The Commission on Children:
18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591
Phone: 860.240.0290 | Fax: (860) 240-0248

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: George A. Coleman, Chair; James P. Cordier, Vice-Chair; Mary Grace Reed, Treasurer; Alison Hilding, Secretary; Laura Lee Simon, Chair Emerita; Robert Francis; M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., F.A.A.P.; Andrew Gibson, Ph.D.; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman, Ed.D.; Josh Piteo; Barbara J. Ruhe. 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; Steven Hernández, Esq., director of policy and research; 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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