Connecticut Commission on Children: An Agency of the Connecticut General Assembly
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October 26, 2012
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Communications Director Kevin Flood

Connecticut becomes the first state recognized as a 'pacesetter' in childhood literacy

Hartford-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.

The Campaign said the award "reflects the exemplary work by the Governor, General Assembly, Commissioner of Education, Connecticut Commission on Children, Connecticut Association for Human Services, philanthropic sector, and communities across the state to ensure that young children are on track for success in school."

Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign as well as vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, presented the award to state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor at the Discovery 2012 Stone Soup Conference, held October 10 in Cromwell. The annual event brings together supporters of early learning and literacy programs from across Connecticut.

“From small towns to your capital city, Connecticut has become a model of what a state should do,” Smith said. “Your governor and statehouse have advanced thoughtful legislation on early literacy, with tireless support from the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus and the state Commission on Children. Your cities and towns are working collaboratively to ensure more low-income children learn to read well by the end of third grade. Connecticut's stellar philanthropic institutions also deserve credit for providing both patient capital and consistent support.”

The Campaign said its award acknowledges Connecticut's success on several fronts, including:

For more information, visit the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, at

About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of six. For more information, visit

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