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

News Release from the Commission on Children

For more information, contact:
Kevin Flood
Communications Director, Connecticut Commission on Children | 860.240.0078

Join us on Tuesday, November 15 for
'Big Hopes, Big Challenges: Connecticut Children and the 2012 Legislative Session'

When the General Assembly convenes on February 8, it will face no shortage of issues impacting children. The recession is driving up child poverty and youth unemployment. The competition for jobs is making success in education more important than ever. Connecticut's persistent literacy gap is drawing renewed attention and ideas. Obesity is putting children at risk for serious diseases and driving up health care costs. And coordinated early care and home visitation are taking center stage in efforts to integrate the delivery of services. With all this in mind, the Commission has invited key lawmakers, agency commissioners, and other policy leaders to discuss their vision and priorities for the coming year.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in Room 2-D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. (Directions)

Here is a tentative speaker list:

Health & Safety

  • Senator Terry Gerratana of New Britain, Co-Chair, Public Health Committee and Select Committee on Children
  • Dr. Jewell Mullen, Commissioner, Department of Public Health (DPH)

Education & Jobs

  • Representative Jason Rojas of East Hartford
  • Stefan Pryor, Commissioner, Department of Education (SDE), or designee*
  • Glen Marshall, Commissioner, Department of Labor (DOL), or designee*

Child Poverty & The Recession

  • Representative Diana Urban of North Stonington, Co-Chair, Select Committee on Children
  • Anne Foley, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and Management (OPM)

Systems Reform

  • Senator Beth Bye of West Hartford, Co-Chair, Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee
  • Roderick L. Bremby, Commissioner, Department of Social Services (DSS), or designee*
  • Janice Gruendel, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Children and Families (DCF)


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