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April 15, 2015

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April 21: Save the date!

That's when the Commission and the legislature's Black & Puerto Rican Caucus will hold a forum on issues surrounding reading instruction in Connecticut--everything from training student teachers in the science of reading to summer reading loss. Join us at 1 p.m. in Room 1-B of the Legislative Office Building, at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

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Lawmakers briefed on two-generational strategies

The Commission on Children led a briefing March 23 for the legislature's Appropriations Committee regarding the emerging two-generational approach to providing social services. "Two-gen" focuses on the family by, among other things, linking the employment-related services that adults need with the early-childhood programs their children need. The goal is to break intergenerational cycles of poverty while also making services more streamlined and effective. CT-N video, PowerPoint slides, and more

ALICE forum  

Getting to know ALICE

Fully 25 percent of Connecticut households have earnings above the federal poverty level but below what United Way calls the ALICE threshold, or the income that's necessary in their communities to cover basic needs. On March 10, the Commission and the United Ways of Connecticut held a public forum where legislators, policy experts, and ALICE families themselves talked about the challenges these families face and what can be done to help them. Video, documents, and photos

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PLTI in high gear

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is in its 23rd year of training parents to be leaders in communities. With classes are under way at nine sites across Connecticut, you need to visit the PLTI blog to keep up with the activities of students—and alumni.

What we're reading

In Honor Of Jesse Lewis, A Plan To Deal With Students' Social, Emotional Well-Being - Hartford Courant

Gaga, Yale team up for Emotion Revolution - USA Today

Closing a Meriden Campus Just the Beginning of College Cuts - Connecticut Mirror

Lawmakers Look At Loosening Local Funding Requirements Amid Declining School Enrollment
- CT News Junkie

High School Graduation Rates Up, Particularly For Hispanic and Black Students - Hartford Courant

State Panel Urges Improvements For Bilingual Education - Hartford Courant

Latino Children’s Language Skills Are Lagging by Age 2, Study Says - Washington Post

Lawmakers Unveil Advertising Campaign to Bring Attention to Safe Havens - CT News Junkie

Feds Say Connecticut ‘Shortchanges’ Low-Income Students - Connecticut Mirror

What You Should Know About This Year’s Standardized Testing - Connecticut Mirror

Moving Parents and Children out of Poverty: a Two-Generation Approach - Child Trends

Cyber Snoops Track Students’ Activity - Politico

Kids’ Fast Food Consumption on the Decline - Reuters

More Children Eat Fruit in School, Study Shows - New York Times

The Touch-Screen Generation - The Atlantic

Working-Mom Guilt? Many Dads Feel It Too - Pew Research Center

‘Father of Head Start’ and Zigler Center Leader Reflect on Head Start at 50 - Yale News

The Commission on Children:
18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106-1591
Phone: 860.240.0290 | Fax: (860) 240-0248

About the Commission: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut legislature, 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. More

Commission members: George A. Coleman, Chair; Mary Grace Reed, Vice-Chair; Deborah J. Poerio, Secretary; Barbara J. Ruhe, Treasurer; James P. Cordier; Mark DeWaele, D.M.D.; Robert Francis; Donna Grant; Donald Green; Jordan E. Grossman; Alison Hilding; Josh Piteo; Susan B. Roman; and Laura Lee Simon, chair emerita. Ex-officio members: commissioners of children and families, developmental services, public health, education, social services, and correction; the secretary of policy and management; the attorney general; and the chief court administrator. More information

Commission staff: Elaine Zimmerman, executive director; Kevin Flood, communications director; Steven Hernández, Esq., director of policy and research; Dawn Homer-Bouthiette, director of parent engagement and family policy; Mary Kate Lowndes, director of development and special initiatives; Kelly Martin, legislative secretary; and Heather Petit, executive secretary. Interns: Christian Adams, Christen Cassidy, Anthea Dennis, and Christine Mayor. Contact information

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