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


Improving Pathways to Employment: A Best Practices Forum

The state departments of Labor and Social Services joined the Commission in holding a forum on September 24, 2014 to explore ways of connecting people to employment opportunities through TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Read more

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


'Connecticut Child Trends: The Ups and Downs'

Lawmakers, experts from state agencies, and advocates gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on September 13 to discuss the implications of the latest statistics concerning Connecticut children. The event was held by the Commission and the Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS). Watch video, download documents, and more

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Connecticut's plan for reducing child poverty

This PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of Connecticut's efforts in recent years to reduce childhood poverty. There's also data on the impact of poverty. Updated January 2013

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A timeline of state action to reduce child poverty

Starting in 2004, when it adopted legislation that set a goal of reducing childhood poverty by 50 percent in 10 years, Connecticut has taken a number of steps to attack childhood poverty.

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Children in the recession: A legislative task force

The Commission hosted a June 16, 2009 forum where Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan announced the formation of a legislative task force to address the needs of children affected by the recession. The forum also featured presentations from national experts, who warned that virtually all of the progress made in children's economic well-being since 1975 is likely to be wiped out by the downturn. Event documents, video, and photos

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Towns and cities could get $8.25 million in federal job-training dollars under SNAP E&T

So far, more than half the communities in Connecticut have applied to participate in SNAP E&T, and it's easy to understand why: The federal government would provide a 50-cent match for every dollar they spent on services to help food stamp recipients find regular employment. See who's participating | Learn more about SNAP E&T

Child poverty could be reduced by 35 percent under new economic model

The Urban Institute, asked by the state Child Poverty and Prevention Council to identify which of the top recommendations before the Council would yield the greatest reduction in child poverty, has developed an economic model showing that five of them could reduce child poverty in fairly short order. Read the Institute's report (PDF) | Urban Institute home page


The Federal Stimulus Package: What's in It for Children and Families?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has given Connecticut an opportunity to work in new and creative ways to help families address some of the challenges created by the recession. The Commission held a discussion on the matter on March 10, 2009. Learn more

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Smart Investments in Hard Times: A Report on Connecticut's Children

On January 13, 2009, the Commission heard a panel of experts discuss the importance of continuing to invest in Connecticut's children despite these hard economic times. Watch video clips

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Child Poverty in Connecticut

Among the statistics in this January 2009 fact sheet from the Commission: A survey of kindergarten teachers in Connecticut's low-income school districts revealed that 75% of children who did not attend preschool arrived at kindergarten lacking basic language and literacy skills, such as being able to use complete sentences, to respond when spoken to, to identify their name in print, or to recognize the first 10 letters of the alphabet. (PDF)

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What are the best ways to reduce child poverty?

That was the question addressed on December 7, 2007, when the state Poverty and Prevention Council heard from a panel of national experts. The Council had received 67 recommendations for reducing child poverty in Connecticut over the next 10 years, and the experts identified the ones they thought would make the greatest impact. The experts' report (PDF) | The 67 recommendations (See Section VI) (PDF)

Investing in children through prevention

Public Act 06-179 gives all state agencies that serve children and families the goal of allocating at least 10 percent of their budgets to prevention services by 2020. It requires the governor to report on progress toward this goal as part of the state's biennial prevention budget. The Act also merged the state's Child Poverty and Prevention councils to create a new Child Poverty and Prevention Council. Learn more

The Child Poverty and Prevention Council

The Council, charged with developing a plan to reduce child poverty by 50 percent by July 1, 2014 and issuing annual progress reports (see above), has a home page on the website of the state Office of Policy and Management. It includes a list of members, progress reports, and meeting materials. Visit the Council's home page

P.A. 04-238: An Act Concerning Child Poverty: Summary | Text of the Act | Legislative history

This page was last updated: Monday, October 6, 2014

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