DCF Girls Facility RFP

The State has just put out two RFP's for the new DCF Secure Girls Facility. They state that: 1) DCF seeks contractors to conduct court-ordered evaluations of juvenile justice involved youth. You can read the full RFP here. 2) Reposting of JJ Girls Building Modifications. Work includes masonry, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc. Project Cost Estimate - $230,000 You can read the full bid documents here #juvenilejustice

Food Insecurity News This Week

This week, MCC Director, Izzi Greenberg, Monica Belyea from Opportunity Knocks, and Dawn Crayco from End Hunger CT talked to David Bauer about hunger issues in Middlesex County. The Diane Rehm Show this week was also focused upon hunger issues and SNAP. Listen here. End Hunger CT is hosting a food symposium, Rich State, Empty Plates on Dec. 5th at Middlesex Community College. You can click here to register. You must register by Thanksgiving! #childhoodhunger

Marilyn Dunkley Earns Parental Involvement Recognition Award

She's a mother of six and an active participant in nearly every community organization in the city's North End. Marilyn Dunkley of Middletown, center, earned the Parental Involvement Recognition Award. You'd think a woman with six children would be as busy as a bee. And she is, but that's because she's one of the most active parent in Middletown's North End community. Marilyn Dunkley of Middletown was honored Wednesday at the State Capitol for receiving the 2013 Parental Involvement Recognition Award presented by the State Education Resource Center, CT Parent Information and Resource Center and the Connecticut Commission on Children. The mother of two children who attend Macdonough Elementar

School-Based Arrest Report

CT Voices for Children recently came out with a report detailing the rates of school based arrests. http://www.ctvoices.org/publications/arresting-development-student-arrests-connecticut #juvenilejustice

Protecting Children from Toxic Stress

Originally from: nyt.com Protecting Children From Toxic Stress By DAVID BORNSTEIN Editors' Note Appended Children can be shielded from the most damaging effects of stress if their parents are taught how to respond appropriately.Imagine if scientists discovered a toxic substance that increased the risks of cancer, diabetes and heart, lung and liver disease for millions of people. Something that also increased one’s risks for smoking, drug abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, domestic violence and depression — and simultaneously reduced the chances of succeeding in school, performing well on a job and maintaining stable relationships? It would be comparable to hazards

Racial disparities in juvenile justice system addressed

From Middletown Press Sgt. Andre Parker, a co-facilitator of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, speaks Wednesday night at the Color of Justice Screening and Community Forum, a public forum held at the Community Health Center in Middletown that addressed the racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system.Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press By Alex Gecan, The Middletown Press POSTED: 11/14/13, 6:11 PM EST | MIDDLETOWN >> To illustrate the stark racial disparities in the state’s juvenile justice system, think about this: While non-white kids make up 57 percent of the patients at Riverview Hospital, a youth psychiatric facility, non-white kids at the Connecticut Juvenile

Color of Justice Forum

Thanks to the 100 or so people who came out to last week's Color of Justice Forum. It was a great start to a very important conversation. From talking to attendees, I get the sense that this is just the very beginning of a very big conversation. There is a lot of will to continue this and include the Middletown Police Department, the schools, and our city government (many of whom had representatives in attendance). You can read about the forum in the Middletown Press article here. Please contact me (see contact info in sidebar) if you would like to be a part of an ongoing conversation. You can also read the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance's OpEd on Race, Kids and a Path to Change Here. #juv

Murphy, Senate Help Committee Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning

(From Senator Murphy's Website) Wednesday, November 13, 2013 WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) joined U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Democratic Committee members to introduce the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Congressman Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.). Building on the framework put forward b

See How Food Stamp Cuts are Hitting Across the U.S

See Original Post at NPR.org by MARIA GODOY November 17, 201311:29 AM (Screen grab of a map that shows hard numbers about who's getting hit by food stamp cuts.Stateline) When you think of Oregon and food, you probably think organic chicken, kale chips and other signs of a strong local food movement. What probably doesn't come to mind? Food stamps. And yet, 21 percent of Oregon's population – that's one out of every five residents – relies on food stamps to get by. And like many people across the country, these Oregon families who have come to rely on federal food assistance program for meals are learning to make do with less as of this month. That's one of the surprising statistics brought o

Middletown educators meet the new state Office of Early Childhood

Source URL Middletown educators meet the new state Office of Early Childhood By Kaitlyn Schroyer, The Middletown Press Friday, November 15, 2013 MIDDLETOWN >> Local early-childhood care providers and educators gathered Thursday to learn about the state’s new Office of Early Childhood and its application for the “Race to the Top” grant. Joining the Middlesex Coalition for Children was the office’s Executive Director Myra Jones-Taylor, Strategic Planning Manager and Race to the Top Project Manager Mary Farnsworth, and Director of Government and Community Relations Maggie Adair. The Office of Early Childhood was created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in order to bring together many of the smaller org

November 2013

A special thanks to Myra Jones-Taylor, Mary Farnsworth, and Maggie Adair for their presentation on the Connecticut's New Office of Early Childhood. The three presenters answered questions on the new Office of Early Childhood and on the recent Race to the Top Application. Join on for our next meeting: December 12th at 9 am. #meetings #earlychildhood

DSS Clients Could Get Wrongly Dropped...

Source URL DSS clients could get wrongly dropped from Medicaid, food stamps, advocates warn By Arielle Levin Becker November 1, 2013 On the first day of October, Abigail Egan, Plymouth’s human services director, got 40 phone calls from people who had been dropped from state-administered social service programs. She’s bracing for the same thing Friday. Egan and legal aid attorneys worry that many state residents could wrongly lose Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits at the start of November because of what they say appear to be problems at the state Department of Social Services. They say many people have submitted the information needed to renew their benefits, only to receive notices t

Office of Early Childhood

Please Join Us for a Conversation with Connecticut's New Office of Early Childhood Thursday, November 14th 9 - 10 AM Where: deKoven House, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457 Our guest speakers include: Myra Jones-Taylor, Executive Director Maggie Adair, Director, Government and Community Relations Mary Farnsworth, Strategic Planning Manager & Race to the Top Project Manager Our guests will share information about the new Office of Early Childhood and the Race to the Top Grant application that was submitted last month. This should be a very informative panel. Come prepared to learn and ask questions #earlychildhood

Interview with Rinku Sen

Early Childhood in the News: Rinku Sen, the keynote speaker for this month's Stone Soup Conference, was a guest on October 17's "Where We Live" on WNPR. Sen discussed the structure of race and poverty and the implications for young children in the future. To listen to the segment (starts at 28:43 mark), click HERE. #earlychildhood

The Color of Justice Public Forum

I hope you'll join us for the Color of Justice Public Forum on November 13th at 5:30. The Color of Justice: A forum explaining the role race plays in juvenile justice and exploring solutions Hosted by Mayor Daniel T. Drew Co-sponsored by: Community Health Center, Middlesex Coalition for Children, Middletown Mental Health Collaborative & LIST (Juvenile Justice Collaborative), Middletown Public Schools, Middletown Youth Services Bureau, Ministerial Alliance, North End Action Team, Parent Leadership Training Institute, & Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Community Health Center 675 Main Street, Middletown, CT Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Refreshments will be served at 5:30 PM Please RSVP (fo

Rich State, Empty Plates

"Rich State, Empty Plates" End Hunger CT is hosting a symposium will take place on Thursday December 5 at Chapman Hall at MiddlesexCommunity College in Middletown. Lunch & Symposium 11:30 am to 4:30 pm Annual Meeting & Awards Reception 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm This should be a fantastic day of information, please try to attend! Click here to register. #childhoodhunger

Race to the Top Application Links

Links to the Race to the Top Grant Application's Executive Summary and grant content: Race to the Top Executive Summary Race to the Top Application #earlychildhood

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