January 15, 2015

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Two-Generation Task Force meeting  

Building Opportunity, Two Generations at a Time

The legislature's Two-Generational Policy Workgroup, staffed by the Commission, is exploring ways to bring a "two-generation" approach to social services, or focusing more on families. The idea is to not only break inter-generational cycles of need but make the delivery of services more efficient.

Check out the task force's work to date, including video from a November 12 public forum, here.


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Obesity, award, new board member

The 2014 Stone Soup Conference, Parent Voices: From Listening To Action!, will take place on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell CT. - See more at:

Our day concluded with honoring Doug Edwards, Founder and Program Director of Real Dads Forever, Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, Director of Family Engagement and Family Policy at the Commission on Children; Gwen Samuel, Executive Director of Teach Our Children; and Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Commission on Children as "Champions for Parent Voice."


New on our website

The final report (PDF) of the legislature's Childhood Obesity Task Force, including a half-dozen recommendations to lawmakers for improving the health of Connecticut children.
More on childhood obesity


What We're Reading

Obama's Free College Proposal Could Be 'Game-Changer' For State's Students
- Hartford Courant

Legislators Likely To Consider Education Proposals on Charters, Magnets, UConn Foundation
- Hartford Courant (registration required)

State's Chief Academic Officer To Be Named Interim Education Commissioner
- Hartford Courant

Connecticut’s Education System Ranked
- Connecticut Mirror

School Choice: Future of New Magnet Schools Uncertain
- Connecticut Mirror

Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy
- New York Times

Naps May Be Good for a Baby’s Learning
- New York Times

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; Mary Grace Reed, Vice-Chair; Deborah J. Poerio, Secretary; Barbara J. Ruhe, Treasurer; James P. Cordier; Mark DeWaele, D.M.D.; Robert Francis; Donna Grant; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman; Alison Hilding; Josh Piteo; Susan B. Roman; and Laura Lee Simon, member emerita. 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; Kelly Martin, legislative secretary; and Heather Petit, executive secretary. Contact information

Newsletter editor: Kevin Flood

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