Go to the Commission on Children website for multi-media coverage of the 2015 statewide Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parent SEE) graduation ceremonies, held June 17 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. You'll find:
complete video of the event, courtesy of the Connecticut Network (CT-N);
more than 50 photos;
the graduation program;
a press release;
news media coverage;
See other posts in this blog for photos from the local graduation ceremonies.
In the first half of 2015, the Commission on Children will hold regular board meetings on January 13, March 10, and May 12. Watch this page for locations, agendas, and more: http://www.cga.ct.gov/coc/meetings.htm.
HARTFORD—The Connecticut Departments of Labor and Social Services are
joining with the Commission on Children to hold “Improving Pathways to
Employment: A Best Practices Forum,” on Wednesday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 1-D of the Legislative Office Building, at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.
TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, was launched by
the federal government in 1997 as a centerpiece of welfare reform. The
forum will explore how Connecticut currently uses the program to help
needy families acquire the tools they need to land jobs in today’s
competitive economy and whether other state programs may offer best
practices that could be adopted for Connecticut.
The forum will also provide an opportunity for Labor Commissioner
Sharon M. Palmer and Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby to
outline preliminary recommendations of Connecticut’s TANF Redesign Work
Group. Anne Foley, undersecretary for the state Office of Policy &
Management (OPM) and chair of the state’s Child Poverty and Prevention
Council, will deliver opening remarks. Commission on Children Executive
Director Elaine Zimmerman will moderate the event.
Six national and state experts have been invited to provide
presentations on the ways TANF can connect people to jobs and employment
opportunities. Presenters include:
State Representative Toni Walker of New Haven,
who co-chairs the legislature’s Appropriations Committee (“The TANF
Block Grant: Implications for Low-Income Families”);
LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income
support policy at the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities (“The TANF Landscape in the U.S.: Lessons Learned”);
Brian Campbell, special assistant for the
District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (“Closing Obstacles,
Opening Opportunity to Employment”);
William Durden, policy associate for the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (“The I-BEST Model”);
Rochelle Finzel, group director for the National Conference of State Legislatures (“Building Career Pathways”); and
Charisse Hutton, director of Support Enforcement
Services for Connecticut’s Judicial Branch (“Don’t Forget the Fathers:
TANF & Child Support.”)
For more about the forum, including an agenda, speaker biographies and handouts, visit the Commission on Children website, at www.cga.ct.gov/coc.
Immediately following the forum, at the same location, DSS will hold a
public-comment session on Connecticut’s proposed plan for allocating
its TANF block grants for federal fiscal years 2015-2017. The state
receives about $267 million in TANF funding annually from the federal
government and is therefore required to submit an allocation plan every
three years. For details, visit the DSS website at www.ct.gov/dss/tanfplan.
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a
$500,000, two-year grant to the Commission on Children for a national
expansion of its ground-breaking Parent Leadership Training Institute
(PLTI). The funding will also allow expansion of the program to a
two-generation strategy, so that it includes the children of
participating parents. Read more about it in this news release.
WTIC-AM morning host Ray Dunaway interviewed Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman about the grant. You can listen to it here.
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.