Early Childhood Advocacy Day at the Capitol!

Be a voice for young children at the CT Early Childhood Alliance's annual Advocacy Day event on Wednesday, April 15in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol. Arrive at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and pictures with Clifford the Big Red Dog (and invite your legislators for the photo-op, too)! The program runs from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and you can schedule meetings with your legislators from 11:30 a.m. on. Please RSVP to Samantha Dynowski at dynowski.ceca@gmail.com. Middletown will be well represented, join us! You can let Izzi Greenberg know if you want to join or carpool. izzi@middlesexchildren.org. #earlychildhood #advocacy

Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls?

*Click Here To Read The Full Post On WNPR.org Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world. GUESTS: Martha Stone - Executive Director of the Center for Children's Advocacy Francine Sherman - Clinical Professor and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School Leslie Acoca - Founder of the National Girls Health and Justice Initiative You can click here to listen to audio from the episode. #juvenilejustice

Family Support to talk about Homeless Children and the Public Schools

At the March 24th Family Support Committee, we will have a discussion about how public schools interface with homeless children and families. Our guest will be Ann Perzan, the McKinny-Vento Liason for the Middletown Public Schools. The meeting will be held in the Hazen Room of the Northern Middlesex YMCA at 1:15 on March 24th. #familysupport #meetings

From State Child Advocate on Suspension and Expulsion

Please see this report, dated March, 2015, the State Department of Education, regarding the use of suspension and expulsion during the last school year. Most concerning is that despite the continuous drop in overall suspension and expulsion rates for children in the state, the number of suspensions for children under the age of 7 has increased during the past two school years. OCA agrees strongly with its colleagues at the State Department of Education that the use of exclusionary discipline for our youngest students is harmful and unproductive and that continued and urgent efforts must be made to reduce and eliminate suspension and expulsion for children under the age of 7. Sarah Eagan,

Are you a Middletown Parent? Complete the Childhood Hunger Survey!

The Middlesex Coalition for Children, together with Wesleyan University, is conducting a random voluntary survey to understand food-related issues in Middletown. We hope to count on your participation in this important project and want to thank you in advance for taking the time to do so. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. There will be absolutly no connection between your identity and your responses. If you do complete the survey, a link to a raffle will appear where you may enter your personal information to receive a $100 gift card to the grocery store of your choice . If you have any questions about this study, you may contact the researcher, Eva Jaskov

Alice Report Workshop

Connecticut's ALICE families work hard and still struggle to make ends meet Join us at the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday, March 10 for a legislative forum on how to help ALICE families in Connecticut Connecticut United Ways recently issued a ground-breaking report on the portion of the state population it calls ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed. The report details how, despite working hard, 25 percent of Connecticut households have earnings above the federal poverty level but below what United Way calls the ALICE Threshold, which is based on a conservative estimate of how much income is necessary to afford basic needs in the community in which they liv

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