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Monday, January 9, 2012

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Join Us on Tuesday, January 10, for 'Youth Unemployment: the New Great Depression’

For the young people of Connecticut, the Great Depression isn’t a history lesson – it’s a current event. While the national unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent last summer, it stood at 17.3 percent for those between the ages of 16 and 24. So please join the Commission and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council for this public forum, set for 10 a.m. in Room 1-D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Event flyer (PDF) | Draft agenda (PDF) | Directions

Note: CT-N plans to air the event live on its website and record it for future airings.

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'Big Hopes, Big Challenges: Connecticut Children and the 2012 Legislative Session'

With the next General Assembly session set to begin on February 8, the Commission thought it important to bring together key lawmakers, agency commissioners, and other policy leaders for a panel discussion on the children's issues likely to emerge in the session. You can watch CT-N video of the November 15 gathering, download all of the documents cited, and more here.

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More PLTI graduates join the ranks of elected officials

Parents in Middletown, Danbury, Windham won election to local offices last November after graduating from the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), the Commission's civic leadership initiative. You can keep up with these and other graduates on our PLTI blog. Learn more about the program itself on our website.

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Congratulations and good luck to Tom Brooks!

Anyone familiar with the Commission's work knows the contributions of Policy and Research Director Thomas Brooks. The pivotal role he played in crafting the state's new anti-bullying law was just another example of his tireless, behind-the-scenes work to bring government, families, academics, and advocates together to improve the lives of Connecticut children. Unfortunately for us, Tom is leaving to become Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Andew Cuomo. But fortunately for New York, a model public servant is arriving to pursue an exciting new opportunity. Good luck, Tom!

Upcoming events

Forum: 'Domestic Violence Through the Eyes of the Child'—10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Room 2-D of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Co-sponsored by the Commission, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Office of the Child Advocate. Details to be announced.

New on our website

We've made some improvements to our website, namely embedding Google Translate in all our pages (so the text can appear in Spanish or any of a host of other languages), made all the pages printer-friendly, and added a social media toolbar, so you can quickly share any of our pages on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other major social media. Let us know what you think!


The Commission on Children:
18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591
Phone: 860.240.0290 | Fax: (860) 240-0248
Website: www.cga.ct.gov/coc
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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