Stories Archive

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Lee y Seras

September 1, 2009 Originally funded by Discovery grant dollars to promote early childhood education through the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Lee y Seras is a successful parent program adopted by the Bridgeport public schools designed to help Latino children realize their potential as strong readers and learners.

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Enfield Firefighters Come to the Rescue

July 31, 2009 Jack Flanagan, chief and fire marshal of the Hazardville Fire Department and Don Ellis, a captain in the Enfield Fire Department are quintessential firefighters: dedicated, professional, and ready to respond to any fire crisis. Not many people would associate firefighters with the joyful faces of kindergarteners. But this is Enfield, where small town warmth leads to community involvement. To those who know Jack and Don, itís no surprise that they and their fellow firefighters are part of a successful effort, initiated through William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund by Discovery grant dollars to promote early childhood education.

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Danbury Families Venture to Connecticut's Capitol to Voice Their Concerns

May 1, 2009 “Don’t cut programs that help our kids!” That was the message Danbury parents sent to legislators on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Fifty parents and children traveled to Hartford on a bus organized by Danbury Children First as part of a statewide Early Childhood Advocacy Day sponsored by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.

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Ready, Set, Read!

January 1, 2009 In a town bordering New York State, a community of parent leaders (and their children) meet to discuss how they can improve their schools and community. Greenwich, known for its wealth and history of celebrity homes and eye-catching mansions also cradles another community, one that is economically disadvantaged. Many Connecticut natives are not aware that there are families in this town that are disadvantaged, let alone economically lacking.

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Enriching the Community - Parent Leadership Community Benefits All

November 22, 2007 Article from The News Times - Informal chats for those learning English. Swim lessons for children with disabilities. Cultural classes on Vietnam. A book swap at the library. A support group of children with epilepsy. These disparate activities have one thing in common. All were started by graduates of the Parent Leadership Training Institute, which celebrates its 10th year in the community.

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Learning at ‘Truck Day’

May 4, 2007 From fire engines and Army trucks to school buses and talking robotic utility vehicles, the variety of vehicles on display this past Saturday made for an exciting day for children and parents who attended the first Truck Day event.

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Early Childhood Listening Forums Held Across the State

January 11, 2007 What is your vision for young children in our community? What are the most important community assets for children and families in our communities? How do these assets match the goals and strategies defined by the Governor’s Early Childhood Education Cabinet? What might hinder our progress in reaching the goals? What challenges do you foresee?

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CT Parent Power Hosts Candidate Debate

October 31, 2006 It was a beautiful fall day. Hundreds of participants from across the state, children and adults alike, streamed to the Middlesex Community College on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. The Middletown Marching Band was playing and a group of talented children performed for the audience while they waited for the main event. Did these hundreds of people come to attend a sporting event? No, they came to speak up about the needs of children and families and hear gubernatorial and congressional candidates talk about what they would do for children and families if elected.

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New Britain's Strategy: Focus on Access

July 24, 2005 New Britain, like many other communities across the state, felt the impact of the reduced funding for Care 4 Kids, which provides childcare support for moderate- and low-income families so parents can work. Creative Corner Childcare Center in New Britain closed in 2003 as a direct result of the reductions. Families who had previously used Care 4 Kids vouchers lost them and the center was unable to offset program costs. In a community already struggling to meet the early education needs of its families, the loss of a center was a major blow.

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Greater Hartford Literacy Council Hosts Dr. Janice Gruendel

March 18, 2005 Over 75 percent of Connecticut's kindergartners have attended preschool, nursery school or Headstart before entering kindergarten, but in some districts, particularly larger urban districts, this number shrinks to less than half of incoming students. Numerous studies and research reports have linked preschool experience and success in school and beyond. Quality early childhood education has been shown to improve language and literacy skills, problem solving and motor skills necessary to prepare children to learn in school. Lack of preschool education is believed to contribute to the achievement gap.

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Download “Seven Simple Things Connecticut Needs to Know about Early Childhood”

February 1, 2005 “Seven Simple Things Connecticut Needs to Know about Early Childhood,” an 8-page publication, is being distributed statewide.

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The Parent Trust Fund Provides Parent Leadership Grants

December 15, 2004 Parents have an important role to play on the local and state level as leaders with a voice in improving childrenís health, safety and learning. The Parent Trust Fund was created to build this parent leadership capacity and provide parents with the substantive civic tools to be effective advocates for children and participate in the civic life of communities throughout the state. Communities can apply for these funds and receive $1,000 to $8,000 to support parent training programs.

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Ready, Set, Grow ... CT Kids! Mobilizes the Public to Support School Readiness

May 26, 2004 With the help of our “Friends of Connecticut’s Young Children” and “Children’s Champions”, the campaign seeks to inform parents and the public about the importance of children’s readiness for school and to persuade citizens to act in ways that benefit our young children. “Friends” are people who support the public goal and give us permission to use their names on our website. It’s an easy and free way for anyone in Connecticut to help make a difference for our young children.

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Plymouth’s Parents Meet the Challenge

December 6, 2003 “You have to start with building relationships. Parent engagement won’t go anywhere without them,“ said Family Resource Center coordinator Sue Vivian; “...the parents have become the face of the Discovery process in town.” Training opportunities like People Empowering People give parents useful tools. According to parent Tracy DuPont, PEP “has given me more confidence and heightened my awareness of the importance of early childhood education.”

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