November 8, 2012

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Town hall meeting on parents’ role in citizenship to be aired live on November 15

Watch the Connecticut Network (CT-N) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 for a live, town hall-style meeting at the Old State House on how parents can make a difference in their communities. Graduates of the Commission's Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) will tell how they acquired the skills needed to become leaders on local school boards, town councils, philanthropic boards and even the state legislature. CT-N’s Diane Smith will moderate, and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will offer opening remarks. To find the CT-N channel for your cable system (or watch online) visit

The event is sponsored by the Commission, the Old State House, and the Civic Health Index Advisory Board, with funding provided by Connecticut Humanities. News release (PDF)


Childhood obesity forum set for November 19

The Connecticut Coalition Against Childhood Obesity will hold a public forum, "Preventing Childhood Obesity," at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, will be the keynote speaker, with other experts joining him for a panel discussion. The Commission is a proud member of the Coalition. Register here | More on childhood obesity | More on the Coalition


Helping children deal with Hurricane Sandy

A torrent of images from disasters like Hurricane Sandy can affect the emotional well-being of children. To provide guidance to concerned parnets, Save the Children offers a fact sheet of 10 tips, "How to Help Children Cope with Disasters" (in English and Spanish.) You'll find it and other resources for assisting families impacted by the hurricane here.


Connecticut first in the nation to be recognized as a 'pacesetter' in childhood literacy

Connecticut is the first state to be recognized as a "pacesetter" in childhood literacy by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which said the award "reflects the exemplary work by the Governor, General Assembly, Commissioner of Education, Connecticut Commission on Children, Connecticut Association for Human Services, philanthropic sector, and communities across the state to ensure that young children are on track for success in school." News release

kathy thompson with gov. malloy  

PLTI Corner

Parent leaders are making news!

Graduates of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Parent Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE) are making news with their accomplishments as parent leaders. Visit the PLTI blog to learn what grads like Kathy Thompson (pictured here with Gov. Dannel Malloy) are doing, then visit the Parent Engagement section of our website to learn more about these programs.


Commission welcomes new board members

Two women with extensive experience in addressing the health needs of Connecticut children have been appointed to the Commission. Susan B. Roman (pictured left, top), RN, BA, MPH, is program director for the Special Kids Support Center at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan.

Deborah J. Poerio (left, bottom), APRN, MS, FNP‐BC, is president and CEO of Integrated Health Services Inc., a nonprofit agency that operates the School Based Health Center Program (SBHC) in East Hartford. She was appointed by Speaker Donovan. Voting members of the Commission are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties and both chambers.  

The Commission also has some new faces among its non-voting members: the Honorable Carol A. Wolven, the state's chief administrative judge on juvenile matters; Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Blake; Manioca Rinaldi, director of programs and treatment for the Department of Correction; Rosa Biaggi, chief of Family Health Section of the Department of Public Health; and Dr. Stephen Tracy, Superintendent of Unified School District 2 at the Department of Children and Families. Here's the complete list of board members

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; Andrew Gibson; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman; Josh Piteo; Deborah J. Poerio; Susan B. Roman; Barbara J. Ruhe; Ron D. Ward. 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; Kevin Flood, communications director; Steven Hernández, Esq., director of policy and research; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, director of parent engagement and family policy; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development and special initiatives; Edie Luciano, legislative secretary. Contact information

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