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Connecticut Summit on the Early Years

October 29, 2007, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford
Sponsored by the Children's Fund of Connecticut Inc., the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
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Research shows that children's earliest experiences play a critical role in their ability to grow up healthy and ready to learn. That's why the Connecticut Commission on Children organized a summit where the latest advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and other areas of research were discussed with an eye toward using them as the basis for public policy in Connecticut.

The event, which drew more than 300 people, featured opening remarks from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of the 3rd District. She noted that Connecticut's replicate the National Summit on America's Children, held earlier in the year in Washington, D.C., and co-chaired by her. "

State House of Representatives Speaker James A. Amann introduced DeLauro, and there were video greetings from U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Governor M. Jodi Rell, and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at Harvard Medical School and famous throughout the world for his research and writing on early childhood development. Experts from around the country discussed:

State Deputy Education Commissioner George Coleman and Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman served as moderators. Dr. Edward Zigler, Sterling professor of psychology emeritus and director emeritus of the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University, provided closing remarks.  

CT-N coverage

The Connecticut Network (CT-N) recorded the Summit and has made the program available for viewing on your computer for a limited time. You may also check CT-N's listings for encore presentations of the program or buy it in DVD or VHS format. (Total viewing time: 4 hours, 38 minutes)

Video greetings

The Summit received video greetings from three people who couldn't attend in person:

Double-click on the "play" arrows below to view their greetings.

Nancy Pelosi
M. Jodi Rell
T. Berry Brazelton

PowerPoint presentations

These documents have been converted to PDF format.

Other documents

Unless otherwise indicated, all documents are in PDF format.

Web links


Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. All photos by Pat Estill.

Some of the more than 300 people who turned out for the Summit. Connecticut Speaker of the House of Representatives James A. Amann introduces Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro

George Coleman, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Education, co-moderated the forum with Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman.

Dr. Dalton Conley, professor of social sciences and chair of sociology at New York University.

Dr. Laura Justice, associate professor, School of Teaching and Learning, Ohio State University.

Commission on Children Chair Emerita Laura Lee Simon introduces Michael J. Petro.

Michael J. Petro, vice president and director of business and government relations, Committee for Economic Development.

Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Curtis O. Law.

Dr. Edward Zigler, the closing speaker, with Richard Sussman of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Congresswoman DeLauro, and Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman.

Two of the speakers, Nina Sezer O'Donell, director of national strategies for the United Way of America, and Dr. Neal Halfon, director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities.

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