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March 2, 2015

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In this issue:

Seats still available for the ALICE forum

Speaking for children at the Capitol

What you didn't know about the Parent Trust Fund

We've updated our Immunization page

What we're reading

Seats still available for the ALICE forum

Register here to attend a March 10 legislative forum, co-hosted by the Commission on Children and the Connecticut United Ways, concerning our state's ALICE population—people earning enough to stay above the federal poverty level but not enough to pay for all the basic household necessities. Families, legislators, community leaders, and business leaders will join in the discussion on how to help these estimated 333,000 households achieve the American Dream.

video clip Watch the United Ways' ALICE video here.
Lowndes testifying  

Speaking for children at the Capitol

Just within the past week, the Commission staff has testified on bills concerning a full-day kindergarten requirement, English-language learners, a comprehensive mental-health plan, home visitation, and training to recognize trauma in children. Read it all here.


What you didn't know about the Parent Trust Fund

The Parent Trust Fund, created by the General Assembly in 2001, is the first family civics initiative focused on training parents in the leadership skills needed to improve the health, safety, and learning outcomes of children. Learn about how it works, what it has accomplished, and in which towns and cities it currently operates by visiting the blog of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), one of the initiatives supported by the Fund.

nurse and child  

We've updated our Immunization page

On this page of our website you'll find updated information on CIRTS, the free program designed to ensure that Connecticut children receive timely immunizations. You'll also find links to additional information from the state Department of Health (DPH) and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a recent Connecticut public radio program on the science behind vaccines and more.

What we're reading

Bill Would Help Prevent Crib Deaths
- Connecticut Post

State Consolidates, Elevates Early Childhood Services
- Hartford Courant (registration required)

Now, Measure Your Child’s School on More than Just Test Scores
- CT Mirror

Home-Schooling Parents Bristle At Sandy Hook Policy Recommendations
- Hartford Courant (registration required)

Most Doctors Give In to Requests by Parents to Alter Vaccine Schedules
- New York Times

New App Designed To Help Teens With Dating Abuse Issues
- Hartford Courant

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. Interns: Christian Adams, Christen Cassidy, Anthea Dennis, and Christine Mayor. Contact information

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