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

Commission Publications

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Psst! They're free!

You may download and print as many copies as you want from our website or call us at (860) 240-0290 to request printed copies. There's just one rule: We're happy to mail up to three copies of each publication, but orders bigger than that must be picked up at our office. We are located at:

18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT  06106 (Directions)

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Commission on Children 2013 RBA and Annual Report

This report details the Commission's work in policy, prevention, accountability, public information, and capacity building in 2013.

Download a PDF copy | Read previous annual reports

Ready or Not: A Parent's Guide to School Readiness, Prenatal to Age Five

A 30-page, plain-English booklet explains for parents how to ensure their child begins school "ready to learn." The guide begins with pregnancy and ends at the school house. Call 860.240.0290 to order copies.

¿Listo O No?: Guía para Padres sobre la preparación escolar, de edad prenatal a cinco a años

Spanish edition of Ready or Not.

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Watch Me Grow: A Parent's Guide to Quality Child Care

This booklet, which doubles as a poster for measuring children's height, gives parents guidance on choosing high-quality child care.

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Mirame Crecer: Una Guía para Padres el Cuidado de Calidad de los Niños

Spanish edition of Watch Me Grow

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Healthy Expectations: A Parent's and Caregiver's Guide to Child Health and Safety

A 32-page booklet that serves as a roadmap for families and caregivers in search of health services and programs in Connecticut.

Call 860.240.0290 to order copies.

Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) brochure

Learn the basics about PLTI, a Commission initiative that helps parents become leading advocates for children. Download a PDF copy | Learn more about PLTI

Connecticut's Playbook for Prevention

This is an easy-to-read "game plan" that parents, educators, care providers, and policymakers can follow to ensure all Connecticut children grow into happy, healthy, and productive adults. Released in February 2008. To read more about the Playbook, download PDF versions of it, or order printed copies, visit

A Children's Stock Portfolio

This 25-page report, organized like a stock portfolio but written in plain English, shows that state prevention policies help children succeed and produce a healthy return-on-investment (ROI) for the state. Released in April 2007. Download a PDF copy

Stand Up to Bullying! Strategies to Make Connecticut Safe for Learning

This 12-page report summarizes a forum held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on October 22, 2007. The event was sponsored by the Commission and the Office of the Child Advocate. Download a PDF copy

First Words, First Steps: The Importance of the Early Years

What policies should Connecticut follow to promote the health and education of infants and toddlers? The Commission on Children and the state Department of Social Services (DSS) collaborated to answer that question in this document. Download a PDF copy

All Children Can Read by Fourth Grade

Five pages of key facts about reading, along with a list of steps taken by state government has taken since 1997 to ensure school readiness. Updated in March 2007. Download a PDF copy

Healthy Children, Healthy Communities

Prepared in conjunction with an exhibit at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, this 12-page pamphlet explains what state government has done in recent years to promote children's health, safety, and learning. Released in December 2006. Download a PDF copy

Ready by 5 and Fine by 9

A suggested framework for early childhood education by the Governor's Early Childhood Cabinet, of which the Commission is a member. Published in October 2006, 40 pages. Download the PDF

Connecticut Leads the Way with School Readiness and Early Reading Success

An overview, updated in 2005, of the 1997 school readiness legislation (Public Act 97-259), in which Connecticut made a comprehensive commitment to best practices in early learning. Download a PDF copy

Opening the Kindergarten Door: The Preschool Difference

Kindergarten teachers in Connecticut's priority school districts were surveyed to determine how many children enter kindergarten ready for school. This 10-page booklet, released in April 2004, contains the results. Download a PDF copy

Every Grownup Is a Famous Storyteller

This 18-page booklet, created by the Commission and sponsored by the state Department of Education, uses a photo exhibit to make basic points about the importance of reading to children. Download a PDF copy

Brave Enough to Be Kind

Recommendations on ways to curb bullying. Authored by the Commission, the Connecticut State Board of Education, and the Governor's Prevention Partnership. Updated through November 2002, 20 pages. Download the PDF

Children Eclipsed by Natural and Unnatural Disaster: What They are Telling Us and What We Can Do

The Commission marked the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks by compiling student writing and artwork on terrorism and safety. Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman provides commentary. Published in 2006, 62 pages. Download a PDF copy

This page was last updated: March 11, 2014

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