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

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Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman speaking at a January 2014 news conference held to announce the launch of the WorkPath Fund.

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News releases

April 20, 2016—Four years into a pilot initiative for giving intensive reading instruction to the Connecticut children who need it most, the directors of the initiative will present data showing they’ve achieved dramatic results, especially among the students who’ve participated over several years. More | Event page

April 12, 2016—In town halls and school auditoriums across Connecticut, commu nities have been holding public meetings to explore just how deeply they’ve been affected by the opioid and heroin crisis— and what they can do about it. On Thursday, the Connecticut Commission on Children will hold a discussion where those communities can share what they’ve learned. More | Event page

November 27, 2015—Academic experts, joined by Connecticut educators, parents, and business leaders, will hold a panel discussion at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday, December 1, to explore how the ever-growing range of high-tech tools available to schools affects student learning and cognition. More

June 12, 2015—After devoting 20 weeks to acquiring the skills they need to become effective advocates for children and families, 270 Connecticut parents will receive diplomas at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Wednesday evening, June 17. More

March 3, 2015—The Commission on Children will join with the Connecticut United Ways to hold a legislative forum focusing on ways to help more of these families find the security they need to achieve the American Dream. Speakers will include ALICE families, legislators, community leaders, business leaders, and policy experts. More

September 22, 2014—The Connecticut Departments of Labor and Social Services are joining with the Commission on Children to hold “Improving Pathways to Employment: A Best Practices Forum,” on Wednesday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 1-D of the Legislative Office Building, at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. More

August 8, 2014—Improving children’s education, health, and safety through family engagement was the focus of a first-of-its-kind symposium held last week at the White House and hosted by the WK. Kellogg Foundation, with Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman in attendance. More

June 17, 2014—After putting in many hours to develop the skills needed to become leaders in their communities, 300 parents from across Connecticut will receive diplomas at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Wednesday evening, June 18. More

May 20, 2014—The Connecticut Commission on Children has won a $500,000, two-year Innovative Practices in Parent Leadership grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for a national expansion of the Commission’s ground-breaking Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). More

January 30, 2014—With Governor Dannel Malloy, state legislators, and leading business people on hand, a private-public partnership will announce at a news conference on Friday, January 31, the launch of a fund aimed at helping Connecticut parents succeed in a still-difficult job market. More

December 4, 2013— The artwork of students from 17 countries will be on display at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford throughout December. The exhibit is presented by the Norwalk-based nonprofit Creative Connections, in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Connecticut Commission on Children. More

February 25, 2013—Watch the Connecticut Network (CT-N) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday for a Town Hall-style forum where experts and concerned residents from across the state will explore ways communities can regroup and take meaningful action after terrible events like the school shootings in Newtown. More

February 6, 2013In the proposed budget he submitted to the legislature on February 6, Governor Dannel Malloy called for consolidating five legislative commissions—including the Commission on Children—into one. Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman responded by pointing out that the Commission has brought $1.45 into various community programs for every dollar invested in it. Read the rest of her statement here

October 27, 2012 —Connecticut is the first state across the nation to be recognized as a "pacesetter" in childhood literacy by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national nonprofit network that believes the most important predictor of a child's success in school and adulthood is being able to read at grade-level by the end of third grade. More

September 11, 2012—Connecticut children are used to receiving report cards, but what about measuring the policies and programs meant to help them grow up safe, healthy, and successful? An online "report card" under development by the Connecticut General Assembly will help in doing just that. More

June 18, 2012—The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE), both civics initiatives of the Commission on Children, will hold a joint statewide graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The event also kicks off a year of 20th-anniversary celebrations for PLTI. More

April 23, 2012—The Connecticut Commission on Children has named Steven Hernández, Esq., as its new director of public policy and research. More

April 2, 2012—An urgent forum on how reading is taught in our schools—and how it can be improved—will be held in Room 1-C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Thursday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More

January 3, 2012—For young people, the Great Depression isn’t a history lesson—it’s a current event. That's why the Connecticut Commission on Children and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council will hold a public forum on the issue next Tuesday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 1-D of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. More

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This page was last updated: May 9, 2016

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