What We're Reading
This week's most important articles concerning Connecticut children
Editor's note: This is the first of a planned weekly supplement to the Commission's monthly newsletter. To share your reaction or suggest articles for the next issue, e-mail us here.
Top Lawmakers Set Ambitious Deadline For Bipartisan Super Committee
CT News Junkie article on the news conference that legislative leaders of both parties held Tuesday to announce the creation of a bipartisan task force that will draft legislation in response to the Newtown school massacre.
Breaking: Task Force announces public hearing schedule
Text of President Obama's Plan to Reduce Gun Violence
A 15-page PDF from the White House
The State of Mental Health Among U.S. Adolescents
Research indicates that approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder. Child Trends, a nonprofit and nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C., has issued a series of three briefing papers on the issue. They explain the warning signs of disorders in adolescents, the risk factors and consequences of disorders, and the options for—and barriers to—treatment.
Let's Do the Right Thing for Our Children
Huffington Post article in support of creating a national Commission on Children,
by Carolyn S. Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, Mark Shriver, VP of U.S. programs at Save the Children.
Save the Children petition calling on President Obama and Congress to create a National Commission on Children, which would "create a national policy on children; set goals for protecting children's well-being, including reducing poverty and violence; and monitor progress on stated goals."
Health Department Expands Availability of Flu Vaccine for Children
Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) news release
Education Week gives Connecticut a C+
Connecticut Mirror article on the mixed scores the publication has given to the state, resulting in an overall ranking of 15th in the U.S.
Some With Autism Diagnosis Can Overcome Symptoms, Study Finds
New York Times article. A University of Connecticut researcher led the study team, which also included the Institute of Living in Hartford.
Longtime City Nursing Director Retires
Stamford Advocate profile on
Olga Brown-Vanderpool, marking her retirement after 34 years
with the city and taking note of her longtime involvement in the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a civic initiative of the Commission on Children. More about PLTI.