Connecticut Commission on Children: An Agency of the Connecticut General Assembly
The Connecticut Commission on Children
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Hartford, Connecticut 06106-1591

Phone: (860) 240-0290  | Fax: (860) 240-0248 | E-mail


bullying forum

Some of the many students who turned out for the November 2010 anti-bullying forum organized by the Commission, the Governor's Prevention Partnership, and the Connecticut Department of Education. There's more on the event here.

Regarding specific cases of bullying...

Unfortunately, as a small policy and research agency, the Commission on Children does not have the staff or resources to investigate individual bullying complaints. We suggest you first bring incidents to the attention of your local school or local board of education. You may also contact the state Department of Education. You'll find contact information, along with additional information and resources, here.

New Haven ceremonyNew law will expand education opportunities for adults AND promote safer schools

On June 25, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman led a 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. Read more

stan simpson showVIDEO: The latest on Connecticut's efforts to curb bullying

The Commission's Steven Hernández appeared on the October 12, 2013 edition of Fox Connecticut's "Stan Simpson Show" to discuss ways to create safer schools. He noted that the state's 2011 anti-bullying law contains "a prompt to create a positive school climate that is focused on prevention." Watch the first segment here and the second segment here.

Learn about Connecticut's anti-bullying law

On July 13, 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying laws. This legislation takes comprehensive steps to ensure every child's right to learn in Connecticut public schools without fear of teasing, humiliation, or assault.

stowe salonVIDEO: Stereotyping and Bullying,
21st Century-Style

Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman and True Colors Inc. Executive Director Robin McHaelen recently led a discussion on bullying at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. They focused on the programs, tools, and interventions available, including Connecticut's new anti-bullying law. Watch the video

bullying forumBullying in the Classroom…and the Chat Room: Ensuring that Every Student is Safe to Learn

Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, was the keynote speaker at a forum that drew more than 500 students, parents, educators, and government officials to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on November 22, 2010. This event became a catalyst for passage of Connecticut's 2011 anti-bullying legislation. Video, event documents, more

Stand Up to Bullying! Strategies to Make Connecticut Safe for Learning

On October 22, 2007, the Commission on Children, the Office of the Child Advocate, and other partners held a public forum on bullying, with experts exploring the causes, effects, and possible solutions to the problem and a panel of students giving moving accounts of how bullying affected them. Read more

More Resources: Publications

20 Questions for Your School: A Policy Checklist for Educators, Parents and Students

This is a tool developed by the Commission and the Governor's Prevention Partnership for determining whether your school meets the broad requirements of the state law on bullying. It shows what the law expects and what it encourages schools to do about improving school climate. PDF, 8 pages

Brave Enough to Be Kind

Recommendations on ways to curb bullying. Authored by the Commission, the Connecticut State Board of Education, and the Governor's Prevention Partnership. Updated through November 2002. PDF, 20 pages

The Key to Bullying Prevention: Creating a Safe Learning Environment

The students and parents of Connecticut want safe, caring communities and schools. This primer contains the Commission's recommendations for reaching that goal and outlines some proven anti-bullying programs. PDF, 2 pages

Bullying & Harassment in Connecticut: A Guide for Parents & Guardians

This 2010 publication from the state Department of Education uses a Q-and-A format to answer parents' most common questions about putting a stop to bullying. PDF, 16 pages

More Resources: Websites - Federal government site

Office of the Child Advocate - The mission of the Child Advocate is to oversee the protection and care of children and to advocate for their well-being.

Governor's Prevention Partnership

Connecticut Department of Education

Connecticut Safe School Coalition

The Coalition, whose members include the Commission on Children, has prepared a Directory of Connecticut-Based Anti-Bias and Anti-Bullying Programs (PDF) to help schools "make informed decisions as to which programs they should use in bullying prevention and school climate efforts."

Connecticut Clearinghouse Resources on Bullies and Bullying

The Clearinghouse, operated by the Wheeler Clinic and funded by the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, offers a variety of books and videos about bullies and bullying. Download a list of resources (PDF) | Visit the Bullying section of the Clearinghouse website


This page was last updated: August 11, 2014

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