Friday, January 24, 2014

What We're Reading

Here's this week's issue of "What We're Reading," our round-up of the past week's news concerning Connecticut children.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 PLTI sites and contact information

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) sites for 2014 are Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, Meriden, Middlesex County, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Waterbury, West Central Connecticut, and West Hartford. You'll find contact information for each here. Learn more about PLTI here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Photos of reception for 'Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light'

Over on our blog for the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), you'll find a gallery of photos taken at the state Capitol on Thursday night, at a reception for "Illuminate! Bringing My Culture to Light," an exhibit of children's artwork from around the world. Danbury PLTI grad Miguel Barreto engineered the exhibit in his capacity as director of operations for Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk. The exhibit can be seen throughout December in the concourse that connects the Capitol to the Legislative Office Building.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Obesity resource added

The Obesity section of our website now includes a link to Salud America! A resource of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children, Salud America! promotes policies and environmental changes that can help reverse the Latino childhood obesity epidemic.

Friday, August 9, 2013

This week's 'What We're Reading' newsletter

You'll find it here.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Request for proposals (RFP) issued for organizations interested in conducting parent leadership training

The State Education Resource Center (SERC) and the Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC) "are seeking submission of written proposals, on a competitive basis, from qualified organizations to conduct parent leadership training using one or more parent leadership training model curricula, such as The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parents SEE), People Empowering People (PEP) and Voices for Families. The ultimate goal is to train parents, grandparents, foster parents, and others to become skilled advocates and strong voices for children at the local, state, or national level. Applicants must meet all requirements of the parent leadership training curriculum prior to submission."


Proposals are due September 16, 2013, no later than 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about PLTI and Parents SEE here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

2012 grad launches Facebook page for parent leaders

Congratulations to 2012 PLTI graduate Kelly Nealy of West Haven on the launch of her Facebook page, The Parent Leader. Kelly hopes to encourage parental involvement by sharing information on "education, healthcare, government, communities, volunteer opportunities, and events related to children and communities in the New Haven County area" as well as on the state level. Be sure to "like" her!

Kelly has also written a poem inspired by her PLTI experience:


To all who think your voice won't be heard
I will tell you it won't if you don't say a word
There's no mountain too small or too big you can't climb
Nothing is ever a waste of your time
Our children are our future and we need to fight
For anything and everything we feel is right
With each little step you are willing to take
You help make the world a better place
Every voice makes a difference so let others hear
Your concerns, your worries, your story, your fears
Reach for the stars even the ones you can't see
Be The Parent Leader you know you can be. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Our response to Gov. Malloy's plan to consolidate commissions

In the proposed budget he submitted to the legislature on February 6, Governor Dannel Malloy called for consolidating five legislative commissions—including the Commission on Children—into one. Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman responded by pointing out that the Commission has brought $1.45 into various community programs for every dollar invested in it. Read the rest of her statement here

Monday, February 4, 2013

What We're Reading

This week's issue is dominated by the legislature's public hearings on the Newtown school shootings.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

As President Obama releases gun violence plan, petition drive begins for a national Commission on Children

Before wading into the oceans of commentary, pro and con, on President Obama's plan to curb gun violence, it might be a good idea to read the plan itself (PDF). Yes, it's 15 pages, but it's a fast 15.

Also today, Save the Children and several other organizations launched an online petition that asks President Obama to create a national Commission on Children. "We cannot stand by and let violence, poverty and other threats become pervasive parts of childhood in America," the petition says. "We need everyone at the table for a national conversation to find bold, new ideas."

Meanwhile, we've finally fixed the search engine of our website! If you come across anything else on the site that needs attention, please alert webmaster Kevin Flood at kevin.flood@cga.ct.gov.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

National survey finds child poverty on the rise, in CT and nationally

The good news: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 22nd-annual Kids Count data book ranks Connecticut sixth in the nation for overall child well-being. The bad news: We're heading in the wrong direction on several indicators, particularly child poverty, which rose 9 percent between 2000 and 2009. In Hartford, 39 percent of children are in poverty; in New Haven, 31 percent.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bristol Press reports on the arrival of PLTI in Plymouth

The Bristol Press has interviewed Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman on the arrival in Plymouth of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), the Commission's popular 20-week civics course.

"It’s a democracy school for families," Zimmerman said of PLTI. "It teaches parents how change occurs for children, so parents can use a kind of civic tool kit and participate in a very deep way to improve the health, safety and learning opportunities for children."

Donna Koser, outreach coordinator for the Plymouth Early Childhood Council, told the newspaper she's excited that her town is participating. "This is something we’ve been wanting to bring into Plymouth for a while, but funding wasn’t available," she said. The funding comes in the form of a $20,000 grant arranged through the Commission. Learn more about PLTI | Other PLTI sites

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Reading Readiness Begins Long Before Kindergarten"

Here are the PowerPoint slides that Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman used last week for a Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) webinar on early reading success. It's got advice for parents, educators, librarians, pediatricians, and the rest of us.

The Commission website has lots more on reading.