September 12, 2014

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'Improving Pathways to Employment: A Best Practices Forum'

TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, was launched by the federal government in 1997 as a centerpiece of welfare reform. It gave much of the discretion in distributing benefits to the states. How is Connecticut using its discretion to help needy families acquire the tools they need to land jobs in today’s ultra-competitive economy? Is there anything we can learn from other states? Join us on Wednesday, September 24 for a public forum on those questions, with presentations by top state officials and experts from around the country. Led by the Commission, the state Department of Labor, and state Department of Social Services. Agenda

New Haven ceremony  

New law will expand education opportunities for adults and promote safer schools

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman led a recent ceremony at the Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven to celebrate the signing into law of Public Act No. 14-172, An Act Concerning Improvement Opportunities Through Education and Ensuring Safe School Climates.

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PLTI and Parents SEE graduation  

New parent-leaders receive their diplomas

On June 18, approximately 300 parents from across Connecticut gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to be honored for completing their civic leadership training with either the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) or Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE).

Video, photos, program, and more

Mary Kate Lowndes  

VIDEO: Connecticut child-care providers and emergency preparedness

The Commission's Mary Kate Lowndes, who also co-chairs the Statewide Child Emergency Preparedness Committee, talks about a recent meeting to coordinate emergency preparedness among day-care providers and government agencies. Total time: 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Watch here

Mary Kate Lowndes  

VIDEO: Bringing attendance home

The Commission worked with parent leaders across the state in providing feedback to the national organization Attendance Works on its development of a new video and discussion guide on how parents can help reduce school absenteeism. The feedback included hosting a focus group with the Charter Oak Academy Family Resource Center and Parent Leadership Alumni in West Hartford.

Watch the video and download the discussion guide here

New on our website

Grants and Other Opportunities, where announcements of interest to nonprofits and other organizations that assist children and families are listed as the Commission becomes aware of them.

Redesigns and updates for these pages:

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; Mark DeWaele, D.M.D.; Robert Francis; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman; Josh Piteo; Deborah J. Poerio; Susan B. Roman; Barbara J. Ruhe; 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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