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'Everybody's Friend' Goes Back to School Commentary Editor Carolyn Lumsden speaks with John Motley, executive director for external affairs at the Hartford public schools. Before that, he was president of the St. Paul Travelers Connecticut Foundation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 28, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_082805.asp

2002 Study Raises Concern Over State's Quality of Life Connecticut's quality of life index rating in 2002 was 64 out of a possible 100, down from a high of 65 in 2001, according to a study by the Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (FIISP). Other findings include significant gains in some areas and noticeable losses in others. The institute has been studying Connecticut's quality of life by looking at statistics in 11 social problem areas each year since 1970. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_042005.asp Related Link(s): Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy ; State of Connecticut Commission on Children ; The Social State of Connecticut 2004 (Full report - 84 pages, PDF document)

2004 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Family Economic Security: Investing in Families . . . Investing in Our Future The Connecticut Association for Human Services has released the 2004 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book, Investing in Families...Investing in our Future, which highlights data and policy information related to family economics. "Connecticut's 2004 Data Book is hopeful - most kids in the state are doing well," says Jude Carroll, the Connecticut KIDS COUNT project director at CAHS, "but future economic success for the state will require responsible planning to take Connecticut to the next level." The Data Book focuses on a specific set of measures that relate to Family Economic Security issues: child poverty, family income, parental employment, homeownership, and more. The report features census and state agency data, recent trends in measures, and policy implications related to the findings. CAHS is the Connecticut grantee for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's national KIDS COUNT initiative. Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) ; Publication Date: May 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_05_2004.asp Related Link(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count ; Tale of Two Connecticut's: 2002-2003 Kids Count Data Book ; Moving From Risk to Opportunity: 2004 National Kids Count Report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

2005 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success The 2005 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Helping Our Most Vulnerable Families Overcome Barriers to Work and Achieve Financial Success, highlights data and policy information related to family economics. The Data book features ten key measures of child well-being that it has used to track the well-being of children since 1990. The data is used to provide state profiles of child well-being and to rank the states. This edition also includes several background measures related to unemployed parents in each state. (Entire Print Friendly Document - 197 Pages, PDF Document) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2005.pdf Related Link(s): Kids Count Web Site

2006 Kids Count Data Book: Family, Friend and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed The 2006 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Family, Friend and Neighbor Care: Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed, highlights data and policy information related to child care provided by friends, family and neighbors. The Data book features ten key measures of child well-being that it has used to track the well-being of children since 1990. The data is used to provide state profiles of child well-being and to rank the states. This edition also includes several background measures related to child care in each state. (Entire Print Friendly Document - 188 Pages, PDF Document) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2006.pdf Related Link(s): Kids Count Web Site

2008-2009 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Three on a Seesaw: Balancing Early Care and Education, Families and the Economy 2008-2009 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Three on a Seesaw: Balancing Early Care and Education, Famlies and the Economy highlights data and policy information related to early childhood education and family economics. Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_03_23_2009.asp

2009 National KIDS COUNT Data Book The 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book: Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families: The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book essay calls for a “data revolution” that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children. (PDF document, 148 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/kidscount_2009.pdf

2010 Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being The data in this 21st edition of Kids Count present a rich but complex picture of American children. After showing improvement in the late 1990s, overall, child well-being has stagnated since 2000. (PDF document, 60 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: July 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/kidscount_2010.pdf

A Better Prison For Connecticut Teenagers The Connecticut Juvenile Training School is the topic of this editorial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_020805.asp Related Link(s): Rell Proposed Closing Training School

A Call to Action: Transforming High School for All Youth Six core principles are identified and strategies recommended that will foster high academic achievement, close the achievement gap, and promote civic and personal growth among all high-school-age youth in our high schools and communities. At the center of the framework is the Alliance' belief that the purpose of high school is to ensure that all high-schoolage students are ready for college, careers, and active civic participation. (PDF file, 16 pages) Published by National High School Alliance ; Publication Date: April 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/CalltoAction2005.pdf Related Link(s): Institute for Educational Leadership

A Call to Action: Transforming High School for All Youth Six core principles are identified and strategies recommended that will foster high academic achievement, close the achievement gap, and promote civic and personal growth among all high-school-age youth in our high schools and communities. At the center of the framework is the Alliance' belief that the purpose of high school is to ensure that all high-schoolage students are ready for college, careers, and active civic participation. (PDF file, 16 pages) Published by National High School Alliance ; Publication Date: April 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/CalltoAction2005.pdf Related Link(s): Institute for Educational Leadership

A Camp For Arts, Crafts And Self-Worth The campers at Hartford Friendship Kids' Camp are ready to tell you about themselves. It's part of the camp's focus to help the children discover themselves and the gifts they have to offer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_080406.asp

A City Officer Faces Arrest A grand jury investigation has called for the arrest of Robert Lawlor, a police officer who shot and killed Jashon Bryant in the North End. The investigation's finding represented a small victory in the ongoing effort to improve the often-fractured relationship between Hartford police and the city's African American community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_051706.asp

A Crisis of Care When it comes to providing dental care to poor children, Connecticut is at the bottom of the New England states, but the legislature may vote this year to pay more for the children’s care. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 12, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_041207.asp

A Crisis Of Poverty Connecticut's Child Poverty and Prevention Council met with a panel of national experts recently to study recommendations to reduce persistent poverty in the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_120807.asp

A Cure For The Crisis? At the start of the legislative session, an overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters - 84 percent - had indicated in a statewide survey that they favor quality affordable health care for all residents. Employers, consumer and business groups, health care providers and other stakeholders have jumped on the health care reform bandwagon. This article reviews the fragmented and complicated health care system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_052007.asp

A Day Of Sobering Tributes Mothers United Against Violence urged the city of Hartford to get behind the anti-violence campaigns and to work to make their streets safer as residents mourn the loss of those who have fallen victim to gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061205.asp

A Disarray Of Uniforms In and around Hartford, thousands of parents of Hartford schoolchildren are hitting the stores looking for clothing that will satisfy the new policy in Hartford that requires students to wear school uniforms. The policy adopted by the school board is fairly straightforward, but there are minor variations from one school to another that have made for an interesting back-to-school shopping season in the city. Most of the confusion, officials say, is based on the optional color that each school is allowed to add to the standard uniform. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_082406.asp

A Food Pantry for the Future Three Hartford nonprofits have teamed up to launch a food pantry that will serve the region's poor with fresh food and dignity. Unlike most food pantries, which are consigned to church basement closets or the odd corners of town buildings, this pantry in the Upper Albany neighborhood will offer fresh food in a setting reminiscent of a small supermarket, complete with little shopping carts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Homelessness/htfd_advocate_053107.asp

A Food Super-Pantry Welcome to the future. Freshplace, a super food pantry housed in what once was an old dairy in Hartford's North End, is the product of five years of planning in an unusual collaboration among three heavy-hitting area nonprofits operating under the watchful eye of University of Connecticut researchers. Members can get food here, take cooking classes, enroll in job training and get plugged into social services that might help move them up the ladder, in an effort to move clients into greater self-sufficiency and less reliance on welfare benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_081211.asp

A Gift For Giving Hartford public school students won't miss out on the magic of the Connecticut Science Center when it opens in late 2008, thanks to the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation of Avon. The foundation has graciously donated $100,000 to the center. The contribution will cover the admission fee, for at least two years, for virtually every Hartford child who visits the center with his or her class. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_052507.asp

A Great Start on a Lifetime of Learning CRT Early Care and Education programs have been a constant presence for new generations of Hartford residents since their inception more than 40 years ago. Developed by a team from Yale University, CRT’s Head Start programs go beyond the traditional preschool classroom to encompass family services, nutrition, health screenings, special needs services, literacy initiatives and case management for all of its families. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_news_021810_2.asp

A Greater Hartford Starts With Caring Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford for 22 years, expresses the opinion that building community — making our world safer, more virtuous and more joyful for all of us — begins with personal connections and commitments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_062508.asp

A Growing Sense Of Pride Celebrating its 25th year, the Connecticut Pride Festival is about celebrating the strides the community has made in the past quarter century. While issues such as gay marriage, homophobia and hate crimes still exist, the state has passed laws protecting against hate crimes and discrimination based on sexual orientation and allowing civil unions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_091006_a.asp

A Hartford Homecoming Author Michael Downs left Hartford at 3 years old, and Connecticut at 9 years old, but the city of his birth was never far from his thoughts, and inspired his recent book. In the book House of Good Hope, which borrows its title from one of the early names given to Hartford by the founding Dutch, Downs attempts to come to terms with his abandonment and his love of the city. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 08, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_050808.asp

A Holiday Party, Triple The Size The Connecticut National Guard threw its holiday party this year at the Armory in Hartford - the only space large enough to accommodate all the families with loved ones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany this Christmas. In past years, the event was held at a restaurant. But with 970 troops currently deployed from various units - about three times more than in previous years - the Guard needed more room. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_121706.asp

A Lift For Low-Wage Workers . While bankers on Wall Street bask in the glow of a $21.5 billion bonus season, another bonus ritual is playing out for tens of thousands of low-wage Connecticut workers this month. It's the earned income tax credit, a federal program designed to reward work by offering low-income earners a credit of up to $4,400 on their federal tax return. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Taxes/htfd_courant_021406.asp

A Man With Dreams, Now Silenced Robert Banks Jr. of East Windsor died Friday, May 6, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital. He was shot in the wake of an intimidation campaign against a family that has agreed to testify in a murder case. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051205.asp

A Memorial To Murdered Youth Denis Barone proposes a Memorial to the Murdered Youth of Hartford. The purpose of this memorial would be to remember and acknowledge that the murdered young people of Hartford are part of America, and by that acknowledgement and remembrance to create a sense of belonging for the surviving youths. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_012206.asp

A Mentor With Vision Recently, a memorial and fundraiser was held dedicated to John Hunt, the former Travelers Group executive and student mentor, who died in March. Friends, family, students and admirers gathered at St. James Episcopal Church to continue fixing problems he had tackled at Sanchez School in Hartford. The main focus of the event - titled "Keeping the Vision Alive!" - was sustaining a program Hunt launched about seven years ago that has provided eye exams and glasses for about 500 students at Sanchez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_061107.asp

A Mom Mourns Again The youngest of Rhonia Green’s four sons, 18-year-old Oshane, died early on the morning of December 26, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, shot twice in the chest after a momentary altercation with a stranger in a grungy takeout joint on North Main Street. She lost another son to gun violence in Hartford on Labor Day weekend in 2003. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_122907.asp

A Mother Breaks The Cycle Of Teen Pregnancy Rick Green writes about a great story of a woman who broke the depressing cycle of teenage mothers which also cracks an ugly Hartford stereotype. Today, there's hope to be found in the latest initiative, "Breaking the Cycle" teen pregnancy program, which will link together a variety of community organizations and city hall to fight teen pregnancy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_062111.asp

A New Brand Of Justice When students arrested for underage drinking first appear in her courtroom, Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield, serving in Hartford Community Court, gives one month to those who agreed to her lesson plan to complete a homework assignment, which include reading "From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking," or "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood" and writing an essay. They must also successfully fulfill community service assignments. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_042807.asp

A New Force: Hartford Firm's Robotics System Helps Children Manage Autism Timothy Gifford isn't looking to cure childhood autism. But he does want to improve the quality of life for children who struggle with it. His company, Movia Robotics LLC, integrates systems in the field of robotics, particularly in the fields of education and therapy. Movia's multifaceted computer program enables a robot to use information from external sensors in a room to provide social cues to a child. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_041312.asp

A New Look At CT Poverty, With Some Surprises If someone told you the total number of Connecticut residents living under the poverty line rose by 21 percent between 1990 and 2010, and that Hartford was by far the poorest city in the state, you’d figure the capital city led the way in the growth of poverty. Wrong. In fact, Hartford’s number of residents under the federal poverty line, 37,495, was up by 1,098 in 20 years. There were six cities and towns in Hartford County that had larger increases — including East Hartford, 4,784; West Hartford, 1,592; and Newington, where an increase of 1,168 very poor residents tripled the local poverty rate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/people/htfd_courant_012513.asp

A New, Glitzy YMCA With the Jewell Street building slated for demolition, the Hartford YMCA opened its new downtown health and wellness center. The new facility has workout views of Trumbull Street, a spacious lobby, and a 21st-century look. It's a short walk from the old YMCA on Bushnell Park to its new home in the brand-new Hartford 21 complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052006_a.asp

A Pathetic, Uncaring Decision Stan Simpson comments on the Hartford Public Library's decision to shutter both the Mark Twain and Blue Hills branches to close a budget gap of about $870,000. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_070208.asp

A Personal Approach to Teaching Each year in Hartford, only about half of the freshman class gets promoted to be sophomores. While some students transfer to other schools or districts, most of the rest of the other half stays back or drops out of high school. The Hartford School District is turning to the idea of small learning communities within the schools to reduce truancy, failure and the frustration that contributes to students dropping out of school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_031405.asp Related Link(s): One Third of a Nation: Rising Dropout Rates and Declining Opportunities

A Plan To Can The Soda A compromise by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the Senate's top Democrat could yield some of the nation's strongest restrictions on junk food in public schools - one of last year's most contentious legislative issues. Legislative leaders and the Rell administration announced an effort recently to ban soda and encourage healthier snacks and meals in schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_020206.asp

A Plan to Reduce School Suspensions In response to intense community pressure, Hartford Superintendent of Schools Robert Henry announced a five-point plan to reduce suspensions and expulsions next year. The strategy includes in-school suspension rooms in many schools, training for teachers in classroom management and dealing with anti-social behavior and training for parents on ways to support teachers' discipline methods at home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_080305.asp

A Pledge to Value Their Lives Local efforts to educate school children about gangs and guns are described. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_020505.asp

A Prayer For The Poor: Give Husky Another Year Starting in July, Governor M. Jodi Rell wants up to 320,000 Husky clients — most of them children — to move into another health care program. The governor has also combined the bidding process for her flawed Charter Oak Health Plan insurance program with the Husky changes. Writer Susan Campbell agrees with advocates that urge Husky be unchanged for a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_050708.asp

A Push To Open Juvenile Courts Lawyers who work in the state's closed juvenile courts have no shortage of horror stories about abused and neglected children suffering in unsuitable care because the state bureaucracy has failed to move quickly enough to help them. For years, the conventional wisdom has been to bar the public from child dependency proceedings in order to protect children from further trauma. But a new generation of child advocates says the courts should be opened, arguing that privacy hurts some children by allowing serious flaws in the state's child-welfare system to go unnoticed and unchecked. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_011807.asp

A Scouting Life Natalie Phillips, an 88-year-old Hartford resident who's been involved in Scouting for more than 80 years, is just thrilled she survived until the Girl Scouts of the USA's 100th anniversary which occurred recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_031312.asp

A Second Chance As Mom A state program that attempts to shatter the link between poverty and neglect by offering troubled parents a home and a chance to raise their children more responsibly. People working nationally to reduce homelessness and improve child welfare have praised the Connecticut program as a model for the country. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070305.asp

A Seething Feud: A Violent Neighborhood Dispute Started As A Rumor Over A Stolen Bicycle A violent feud between rival groups of boys and young men living in the Nelton Court area and those living along Albany Avenue near Vine Street continues in the new year. At least nine young Hartford residents have been shot and four more have been stabbed because of the feud. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_01_02_05.asp

A Source Of Hope Runs Short PROkids, a partnership between the Department of Children and Families, Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center, works to keep young drug-using mothers and their babies together. But it will lose crucial DCF funding of about $400,000 annually at the end of June. The program is based on two critical factors: that new mothers are highly motivated to change for the sake of their baby and the importance of aggressive, sustained health care for young families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_061907.asp

A Special Place to Write UCONN students, who are enrolled in a tutoring practicum at the university are training Hartford Public students to be writing tutors for their peers. They meet at the Writing Room at Hartford Public High. Results from the 2003-04 Connecticut Academic Performance Test show that only 17.3 percent of Hartford Public's sophomores met the state goal on the writing portion of the test, whereas 25.6 percent of sophomores at schools within similar cities and 53.7 percent statewide met the writing goal that school year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_032605.asp

A Story Of Faith, Resilience Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the best social workers are the ones that can connect with their clients because they lived through the drama — and overcame it. He relates the story of Shanda McClendon who has overcome poverty and teen pregnancy to become a clinical social worker who is earning a doctorate. It is a story of faith, resilience and strong support. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_101108.asp

A Study In Contrasts If you have a good job and money, Connecticut is truly marvelous. But if you don't have a decent income, life can be tougher here than in communities around the country where expenses are lower, the middle class is broader-based and amenities are not so difficult to attain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_122611.asp

A Success Story Rings Hollow Skepticism about the purported success of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School abounds while Donald Devore shares examples of its turnaround during a juvenile justice seminar. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060505.asp Related Link(s): Rell Proposes Closing Training School ; A Better Prison For Connecticut Teenagers

A Teen Remembered Throngs of young teenagers, some in sweat shirts, more in their Sunday best, were asked not to leave their grief at the door of Victory Cathedral, where they gathered Saturday to mourn their friend Kerry B. Foster Jr. Kerry, 15, was shot and killed recently on the porch of his parents' Hartford home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_060406.asp

A Teenage Girl Waits In A Shelter Rick Green comments on the length of time young people in the care of the state Department of Children and Families are staying in emergency shelters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_052907.asp

A Test Case On Pregnancy Issues For decades, cities such as Hartford have struggled to safeguard the health of newborns, especially those born to low-income mothers. But despite modest improvements, the efforts have not always been successful. Hartford, Nashville and Los Angeles were chosen for an experiment funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to discover if improving the health of women before they become pregnant may be the secret to safeguarding babies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_122106.asp

Adoptions Increase, And State Cashes In A push to get more children adopted out of state foster care is paying off. Connecticut is one of 21 states receiving federal bonuses for surpassing their adoption goals in 2005. The state's $520,000 grant will be used to supplement existing adoption programs. The state Department of Children and Families reported that 561 abused and neglected children were adopted in the 2005 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2005. That was up from 434 adoptions the previous year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_092006.asp

Adults Should Snap To When Kids Want To Help Helen Ubiñas writes that here in Hartford, there's a school full of kids ready to help remake their city. Only problem is they seem to be the only ones. A group of students at Hartford Public High School have an idea that they should create a graffiti-free zone decorated by murals around their school, but they need help from adults to make it happen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_012509.asp

Advocates Needed For Young Each year, special civilian advocates fight for the rights of thousands of abused and neglected children in Connecticut’s 13 juvenile courts. About a quarter of those cases involve Latino children or their families, officials say. Yet there are no Latino civilian advocates in Hartford juvenile court and only two statewide, both of them in New Haven. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/LegalIssues/htfd_courant_112406.asp

After the Clouds, the Sun City Council President Shawn T. Wooden writes about the Hartford Hurricanes - and a community that never quit - brought light to our local community. The Hurricanes are a local Pop Warner football team that recently returned from Florida where they reached the national championship semifinals. When State Representative Doug McCrory brought to the City’s attention that the Hurricanes had no field to practice on, the Mayor and members ofthe City Council went to work to make sure a location was secured in time for the start of the season. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: December 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/northend_agents_121912.asp

After Tough Times, A Gift Latisha Wilson, of Hartford, is one of 38 students from throughout the country selected by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to receive a scholarship worth up to $30,000 a year to complete her bachelor's degree at any college or university of her choice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_052906.asp

Against The Odds, Hartford Pop Warner Football Team Headed To National Championships The Hartford Hurricanes posed for team photos in the bitter cold recently, all smiles and runny noses and anticipation of warmer days. After a perfect 13-0 record this season, and against the odds, the 25 pee wee football players then boarded a bus for their trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Fla. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_113012.asp

AIDS Advocate Shifted The Focus To Living Linda C. Jordan, a prominent AIDS advocate whose international message that families dealing with the HIV virus should concentrate on living rather than dying, will be remembered at a funeralrecently. Jordan, who died at the age of 53, lived for 21 years after learning that she had the virus. Her message of hope - carried on 20,000 posters, banners and billboards - was delivered across the country as well as in India, Japan and Africa. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_050906.asp

AIDS Life Worse After Cuts Helen Ubiñas writes about how the drastic cuts to federal AIDS funding may affect Hartford families. The $4 million in federal funds Hartford expected was cut in half because the number of new cases didn't meet the new guidelines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_032207.asp

AIDS Services Slip Away Earlier this year, a change in how funds are distributed resulted in Hartford and New Haven receiving about half the money expected by organizations that work with people with HIV/AIDS. The cuts decimated some programs and greatly reduced others, and program officials are especially concerned about the effects of the cuts on non-English speaking clients, whose hold on their own medical care is more tenuous. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_051507.asp

Alarms Raised On Youth Crimes Anyone doubting an increase in youth crime and violence in Connecticut over the past year need only peek into the cellblocks of the John R. Manson Youth Institution in Cheshire. The number of incarcerated 16-year-old boys has increased by more than 60 percent since 2002, Mary Marcial, a deputy commissioner for the state Department of Correction, said during a recent symposium on youth safety at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_011007.asp

Always A Friend In The Drums Mokonje is a musical family of Liberian immigrants. Thanks to a teacher and fellow refugee who recognized their talent and a professional drummer who taught them technique, the family has found in drumming a way to heal and connect to the culture they left behind. Recently, their work culminated in a performance at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/immigrants/htfd_courant_022606.asp

American Friend Helps Settle People Of Other Cultures Jody Putnam heads the refugee assistance program that operates out of Jubilee House, visiting the various refugee communities in the city. Jubilee House, a nonprofit center operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, hosts a variety of social service and educational programs for residents from many ethnic backgrounds out of its center in the south end of the city, but Putnam spends much of her time on the road. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/immigrants/htfd_courant_062508.asp

An Education in Social Justice The new Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, which includes 230 children in grades 6-12 from Hartford and suburban towns, focuses on a theme of social justice and features a longer school day - 8:30 a.m. until 3:21 p.m., plus mandatory activities. The school's principal says the school's goal is to teach the children the habits of effective learning. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_083005.asp

Another Chance To Make Good Helen Ubiñas relays the story of a young man given a second chance in gun court by a prosecutor who may have taken a harder line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_081906.asp

Another Field Of Broken Promises Helen Ubiñas writes about the baseball field at Hartford Public High School which has been trashed by a recent construction project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_051409.asp

Another Social Service Agency Hit By Budget Bomb Helen Ubinas writes that a $130,000 grant for an asthma outreach and education program has been canceled. The grant, which survived a line-item veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, was approved by the legislature in August 2009. But, while the legislature may have approved funds for programs like these, in the same budget, they demanded $95 million in cuts in non-direct-care contracts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031810.asp

Anthony Griffin: Words Of Hope Anthony Griffin, a Hartford clothier and entrepreneur, founded Affection New Thoughts (ANT), which provides city youth with a 15 week training course in entrepreneurship. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_112907.asp

Apathy? Not. Young adults are stepping up and signing up to get involved again in the nation's political process in a way some experts say they haven't seen since the Vietnam War. According to Rock the Vote, more young voters participated in this year's presidential caucuses and primaries than in the last presidential election. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/htfd_courant_020308.asp

Approach Teaches ‘Joyful Reading' Sally M. Reis thinks she has a key to a problem that has long vexed educators: how best to teach kids, including those from struggling urban districts, to read. It's not only how children learn to read, it's what they read, the University of Connecticut researcher says in a study published recently. Reis has developed an approach that allows children to read at length from books of their own choosing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_092906.asp

Are HOPE VI Families at Greater Risk for Homelessness? In this brief, the claim that relocation of Hope VI families puts them at risk of homelessness is evaluated. It concludes that while some HOPE VI original residents did experience homelessness, the number of homeless families is not as large as many critics feared. (PDF document, 8 pages) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope7

Are States Using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to Enable Families with Children to Live in Low Poverty and Racially Integrated Neighborhoods? The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) produced nearly 1.3 million units of rental housing between the start of the program, in 1987, and 2003, surpassing the size of the public housing program. Creating mixed income housing has become a central objective of housing policy. This report focuses on the extent to which each of the states administering the tax credit program has used the program to place family rental housing in low poverty neighborhoods that are not racially isolated. Published by Poverty and Race Research Action Council ; Publication Date: July 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/LIHTC_report_2006.pdf

Arrests Poor Answer For Youths In Trouble By age 23, there is a one-in-three chance that an American youth has been arrested. That shocking data comes from a recent article in the journal Pediatrics. Youth advocates used to push for afterschool programming because kids were at prime risk of delinquency between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. In fact, the most common place for a youth to get arrested in Connecticut may be in school. Increasingly adults are recognizing that arrest should be a last resort in dealing with adolescent behavior. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 03, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_010312.asp

Art Without Walls or a Local Zip Code That Brian Cook left Connecticut is not unusual. The media has been fixated on how many people in his generation are moving out of state. Where Cook is unique is that he continues to actively contribute to the arts and culture of Hartford, which is more than some artists do while living just a few blocks over the city line. Now — besides creating posters for events and beloved local coffee shops — Cook is trying to get funding for a project designed to encourage museum attendance by Hartford youth. The Hartford Museum Passports are themselves part art, part bribery. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/realhtfd_053111.asp

Assault On Hartford Youth Worker Is Attack On Decency Itself Carl Hardrick, aka Brother Carl, has devoted most his adult life to helping young people in Hartford's most challenged neighborhoods. He's negotiated gang truces, intervened in knife fights, coached basketball, visited the homes of troubled teenagers. Anything to help. That makes what happened recently all the more frustrating. The 72-year-old Hardrick was walking home when he was jumped and badly beaten by five or six youths who were attempting to rob him. They ended up stealing his glasses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 05, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080513.asp

Assets and Opportunity Scorecard The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard measures the financial security of families in the U.S., ranking the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 31 performance and 38 policy measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care, Education, and Tax Policy. Published by CFED ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_051705.asp Related Link(s): CFED News Release ; State of Connecticut Scorecard (PDF file, two pages)

Asthma Problem Growing In Area While there is evidence pointing to a possible stabilization of asthma rates across the nation, the disease remains on the rise in New England, especially among low-income adults, a new study has concluded. The study, conducted by The New England Asthma Regional Council, found that nearly 15 percent of adults and 14 percent of children living in New England have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives. This represents roughly 2.1 million people - up from 1.7 million three years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_032706_a.asp

At Call Center, Desperation On Line 1 The 2-1-1 line offers a lot of help to thousands of people, but these days it's also a snapshot of who is suffering in Connecticut. And the folks who answer the phones are beginning to wonder how much more they can handle. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_030609.asp

At Childhood Obesity Forum, Talk of Twinkies and Intervention Members of the Connecticut Coalition Against Childhood Obesity recently organized a forum on childhood obesity. A report that the state public health department released last month revealed that one-third of students in kindergarten and third grade are overweight or obese, including a higher percentage among black and Latino children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_111912_1.asp

At Forum On Gun Violence, Legislators Ask Hartford Residents For Solutions Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, was not the only mother with a grieving heart who spoke at a recent forum on gun violence. But Marquez-Greene, who grew up in Hartford, knows that the public outpouring over her loss has dwarfed the reaction to deadly shootings on city streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_022713_1.asp

At Hartford Forum On Unsolved Homicides, All Agree That Community Must Help Law Enforcement Residents, police and community activists gathered recently for a forum on unsolved city homicides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_012913.asp

At Meeting, Weaver Students Tell of Violence Weaver High students shared their experiences and opinions on youth violence in Hartford at Harvard Divinity School in Boston at a conference called "Young People and Social Justice: Planting the Seeds for Change." They blame troubled youth for the problems, and think that the City of Hartford should do more to turn things around. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_041005_a.asp

At MetroHartford Alliance, A Young Man Nurtures His Passion For The City Julio Concepcion, of MetroHartford Alliance knows how Hartford ticks. He is the liaison between the city, its businesses and neighborhoods. While his job doesn't require him to be a fly on the wall at countless municipal functions, he enjoys being involved and informed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_041212.asp

Attention To Prevention In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of teen pregnancy in the country, for which all should be thankful. But the state numbers can mask the fact that in some urban areas, notably Hartford, the problem is still rampant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070211.asp

Ball Field Is Back Because Of Coach's Persistence Helen Ubiñas writes that recently, for the first time in seven years, the Hartford Public High Owls baseball team played their first home game since construction work began on a $100 million renovation of the school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_040810_1.asp

Banking at Bulkeley Hartford's Bulkeley High School is the first in the city to open a Franklin Trust Federal Credit Union branch, but it won't be the last Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 26, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_advocate_042607.asp

Baseball Rescued Likely Dropout Charná Maldonado struggled for four years at Hartford Public High School — with grades, girlfriends, security officers, teachers, himself. Then the fifth-year senior made the Owls baseball team and found his game. Baseball connected Maldonado to the school, gave him something to feel good about, a reason to stick with his studies and graduate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_061608.asp

Baseball Set For Rebirth In Hartford's South End Benjamin Cruse, director of youth services for the nonprofit Leadership Greater Hartford, lead more than 100 kids into Hyland Park for Opening Day of the new Southside Little League recently, a league that he organized with boyhood friend Brian Gallagher. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_050508.asp

Battle Brewing On Juvenile Justice Connecticut police chiefs say a proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system would hinder investigations and potentially cost towns money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_022807.asp

Battle Lines Drawn On Military School The new superintendent of schools, Steven J. Adamowski, suggests the district should consider a public military magnet school. Ditto for Mayor Eddie A. Perez, chairman of the school board, who also suggests a role for boot camp, a residential reform school and perhaps some other residential magnet school if funding can be identified. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_120406.asp

Beacon Of Hope Cuts The Gloom Stan Simpson writes about Elizabeth Rodriguez, a student at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Scholars program, which pays half tuition for any city student who meets the enrollment requirements. She spends part of her day mentoring young offenders in a program run by Community Partners in Action. She, not the few who make the news for violent crime, represents the majority of teens in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061306.asp

Bellizzi Students Make Film What happens when you give youth a camera? Ask five Hartford students participating in SLAM (Students Learning About Media & Service), an after school program at Bellizzi Middle School, supported by Hartford Public Allies. The students spent the last four months learning how to make real positive changes in their communities by volunteering at local service organizations such as Peter’s Retreat, a congregate housing program for people living with HIV / AIDS, and participating in leadership building activities. Their experiences became the focus of their mini-documentary. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_news_052809.asp

Bill Would Limit School Changes For Foster Children A bill aired before the legislature's Select Committee on Children recently would require the state Department of Children and Families to keep foster children in the school they attended prior to being moved into foster care or to a new foster home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_022908.asp

Billboard Campaign Is Putting The Word Out Six anti-smoking billboards were designed by young Hartford residents and are intended to reach young people with a simple, succinct message: Smoking can kill you. The billboards' creators, who range in age from 11 to 22, began working on them in November 2006 as part of an activity sponsored by the Community Renewal Team and Youth Artisan and Technology Program, funded by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_020907.asp

Births to Mothers with HUSKY Program and Medicaid Coverage: 2010 The HUSKY Program and Medicaid cover an increasing percentage of all Connecticut births. In 2010, 32.4% of all Connecticut births were covered by HUSKEY A and B, and 6.0% to mothers whose births were covered by fee-for-service Medicaid. The proportion of all Connecticut births covered by the HUSKY Program and Medicaid continues to increase, from 28.4 percent in 2003 to 38.4 percent in 2010. (PDF document, 35 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: February 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h13birthsreport10.pdf

Black Males Need Schooling To Stay Out Of Jail Stan Simpson writes that a few years ago, the national dropout rate for African American males was 70 percent. Today, the high school graduation rate for black boys is about 50 percent. The viability of the multibillion-dollar prison industry is sustained by underperforming urban schools. These dropout factories produce a precious prison commodity: uneducated urban boys. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_010612_2.asp

Board Adds Two Grades to City Elementary School In an effort to phase out middle schools in Hartford, the Annie Fisher Elementary School's board voted to add seventh and eighth grades in September. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_060805.asp

Board Games Up In Popularity, Due To Affordability, Sociability A trend fueled by the economy and lifestyle changes has spurred families and places, including museums, libraries and schools, to turn to classic board games as an inexpensive and engaging way to get people together face-to-face. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_030510.asp

Board Urged to Preserve Afternoon School Afternoon school programs at Bulkeley and Weaver High are in jeopardy of being closed down due to cost concerns. Learn more in this October 6, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 6, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_100604.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Public Schools ; Hartford Alternative Learning Opportunities (HALO)

Bob Long Was A Lifelong Friend To The Handicapped Bob Long's life revolved around his community, beginning in Dorchester, the Irish Catholic section of Boston where he grew up, and extending to the West End of Hartford, where he lived for more than 30 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_051610.asp

Both Sides: Where 16-, 17-Year-Old Offenders Belong The state legislature is considering a proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds charged with less serious crimes to be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system. This article presents the views of advocates on both sides of the issue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 6, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_040607.asp

Boxing Fundraiser for Johnny Duke Memorial Former IBF Light heavyweight world title challenger John "Iceman" Scully participated in a twelve bout amateur boxing show on Friday, December 5, 2008 at the brand new Lion's Den Gym in Middletown. The event will raise funds to purchase a Memorial Plaque for longtime Hartford trainer and National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame member Johnny Duke, who passed at age 83 away in 2006. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_111308.asp

Boy's Shooting Highlights Risks For Some Hartford Families The family of a Hartford boy, Carlton "D.J." Forbes Jr., who was shot recently warns that the nature of urban violence makes anyone on the street vulnerable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_052606.asp

Breaking Patterns A new mentoring program gives hope to families with young children as the wage war against drugs and violence in Hartford. COMET, the Coalition of Mentoring Excellence, is a partnership between the Greater Hartford Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Families in Crisis Inc. and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Team. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060505_A.asp Related Link(s): Mentors Needed for Leading Roles in City Kids' Lives

Breaking the Cycle Breaking the Cycle is a community partnership of the City of Hartford, the Hartford Action Plan on Infant Health, and the Hartford Public Schools created to reduce teen pregnancy in Hartford. The web site includes teen pregnancy statistics for Hartford, descriptions of programs for adults & youth, healthcare initiatives, and more. Published by Hartford's Strategic Plan for Teen Pregnancy Prevention ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_2005.asp

Breaking The Cycle: College Graduates Who Beat The Odds Getting into and graduating from college is never easy, but there are factors that make it even harder: Growing up in poverty. Suffering neglect and abuse as a child. Having a child at an early age. Suffering mental illness. In this entry in a series, the Courant takes a look at four Hartford area students who succeeded against these great odds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_053010_5.asp

Bridging Tough Times for Connecticut's Families: 2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book Connecticut children, in many cities and towns, are doing better than children in most other states. But high marks don’t necessarily carry over to our largest cities, rural towns, older suburbs, and even some homes in the wealthier parts of our state, particularly as the impacts of the recession continue unabated. The past two years have been a difficult time for many families, including many middle-income families. The seventeen indicators reported in the 2010 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book show the situation of the children of Connecticut. (PDF document, 68 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/Bridging_Tough_Times.pdf

Brighter Futures Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Perceptions of Residents to be served by Family Centers Residents living in the seven communities to be served by Family Centers supported by the Brighter Futures Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving were surveyed in March, 2002. A total of 1,208 residents were interviewed from households where at least one child eight years old or younger was living. Based on the success of the original Brighter Futures Initiative and the continuing needs of Hartford children, the Foundation, in 2000, committed an additional $15 million over the next 10 years to finance projects and system-wide reform efforts that support young children and their families. To achieve its goals, the Brighter Futures Initiative focuses on four areas: family support and parent education, child care and early childhood education, child and maternal health, and the early grades of school. Family Centers, in partnership with community agencies, provide community-based programs for children and families in seven Hartford neighborhoods. These programs support parents in their own growth and development, their understanding of their child's development, and help families prepare their children for school success. Published by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving ; Publication Date: April 2002
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/brighter_futures.pdf

Bringing Order to City's Youth Baseball Seven youth baseball leagues have formed a coalition to build youth baseball in Hartford. The leagues will remain as independent entities serving separate Hartford neighborhoods, but the groups plan to coordinate efforts so that they're not competing for resources. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_031405.asp

Brother Carl's Assault Could Change Snitch Code The man known to legions of friends and admirers in the capital city as "Brother Carl" is mending. When I caught up with Carl Hardrick last week, the 72-year-old Hartford antiviolence mediator was still bruised about the face and probably more emotionally scarred than he was willing to admit. He had endured a pummeling by a group of youths as he walked alone to his North Hartford home one recent night. His assault has outraged the Hartford community, including police officers and gang members. Hardrick is an institution here, one of the few people who can actually bring rival gang members to the table, successfully mediate disputes and keep the peace. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_081613.asp

Budget Coaching Pays Big Benefits Sherry Coelho, vice president/relationship management at Prudential Retirement recently became a volunteer budget coach with Co-opportunity Inc., a Hartford-based nonprofit that helps move working families toward economic stability. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_120908.asp

Budget Cuts That Go Too Deep Susan Campbell writes about the two-year budget for Connecticut that Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently. For the most part, she protected local public schools, but certain demographic groups — people with AIDS, for instance — will take it in the teeth if her budget is approved, as will some respected watchdog agencies whose charge is to ensure fairness for people too often left out of the loop. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_020809.asp

Builder, Designers Chosen For Science Center The Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration moved another step closer to reality recently when the builder and exhibit designer was selected. Architect Cesar Pelli & Associates also produced a re-vamped design that reduces cost by 10%. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_042205.asp Related Link(s): Science Center Scaled Back ; Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration ; Science Center: Special Report

Building Assets & Financial Security: Mapping Opportunities in Hartford The Connecticut Association for Human Services created this guide in an effort to increase access and awareness of existing community programs that help families save and invest money. Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/BuildingAssets_Hartford.pdf

Building Solidarity Sara Pastorelli, a long-time member of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which represents janitors in Hartford, does not know any of the 5,300 janitors in Houston. But she and thousands of other SEIU members from across the country banded together this year to support a successful organizing campaign for their Texas peers, demanding better wages and benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Employment/htfd_courant_122906.asp

Bulkeley High Senior Wins CRT Prom Nite Video Contest Vanessa Gonzalez, 17, a senior from Bulkeley High and Hartford resident, won the Community Renewal Team Healthy Teen Hartford Coalition's Prom Nite video contest, for her entry about how alcohol has affected her life personally. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/cityline_042710.asp

Bulkeley Students Receive Scholarships Three Bulkeley High School students have received Ivan A. Backer Scholarships, offered by Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance. Backer served as president of the alliance for nearly 20 years and is the organization's education consultant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_071506_a.asp

Bullying By Any Other Name Bullying was the focus of a recent community forum — “Making a Difference: The Bullied Respond” – at the Hartford Public Library. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 03, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/realhtfd_050311.asp

Bullying Forum Focuses On How To Intervene The focus of the forum on bullying held recently at the Hartford Public Library was how to step up and stop bullying. The panelists — a mix of students, teachers and educational experts — brainstormed with the audience to come up with tools and strategies they can use to stop bullying in schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_050411.asp

Businesses Asked to Step It Up and Hire More Youth Despite a decrease in funding, the City of Hartford’s Youth Employment Program has managed to increase the number of summer slots for young people in the Hartford area. At the program’s Summer Youth Jobs Campaign breakfast recently, the Mayor said there were 1637 slots last year, which he’d like to see increased to 2013 this summer. To do this, he said that businesses would need to make a “substantial investment.” Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 11, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/realhtfd_011113.asp

Calculating how much it costs for families to be self-sufficient The Economic Policy Institute has an online Basic Family Budget Calculator. It is calculated for specific metro areas within all states. Currently the data is for 1999, will be updating it soon. Published by Economic Policy Institute ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_2005.asp

Camp Courant Begins Camp Courant, a free summer camp for Hartford youth aged 5 to 12, started its six-week program recently at its camp grounds on Batterson Park Road in Farmington. Serving about 900 children each day, Camp Courant is one of the largest and one of the oldest free public day camps in the country. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_062309.asp

Camp Courant Welcomes Nearly 500 Summer Campers Nearly 500 campers, ages 5 to 12, showed up for the first day of Hartford's Camp Courant recently, ready and excited to play outside, spend time on arts and crafts—and even take a dip in the pool to cool off. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_062112.asp

Campers Put Focus on Computer Skills Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Hartford's SAND and Barnard-Brown elementary schools are participating in a free, four-week computer camp at Rensselaer at Hartford. The four-week camp serves sixth graders that have met their CMT goals and fourth and fifth graders who are also attending summer school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_072505.asp

Can Our Community Come Together When Danger Approaches? The author writes about how the community of Hartford families can come together when danger approaches. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_092211.asp

Can Playground Make a Rebound? Forester Heights Park is tucked into a quiet area just north of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood. City Councilman Jim Boucher said the City of Hartford will fund a renovation of the park, but only if residents in the surrounding neighborhood show a commitment to use and support it. To that end, a meeting about the park was held on January 17, at Kennelly School on White St. with the aim of creating Friends of Forester Heights Park. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22 - 29, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Parks/htfd_news_112206.asp

Can Whites Teach Blacks? Michael C. Williams, vice chairman of the board of education, is pushing hard, and meeting resistance, for an aggressive affirmative action plan to drastically increase the number of minority teachers in Hartford classrooms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071705.asp

Can You Hear Me Now? A Discussion on Hartford's Noise Ordinance Video A video of the February 19, 2008 community program, Can You Hear Me Now? A Discussion on Hartford's Noise Ordinance, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: February 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_02_19_2008.asp

Capital and Major Campaigns in Greater Hartford 2008 Report In this document, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has compiled information on major and capital fundraising campaigns that are either in Greater Hartford or will be approaching Greater Hartford grantmakers for philanthropic dollars. The report not only provides grantmakers with a picture of what the major development needs are or will be in the community, but also provides an overview for nonprofit organizations contemplating a major campaign. (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Connecticut Council for Philanthropy ; Publication Date: January 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/2008_HTFD_Cap_Report.pdf

Change the Way We Measure Poverty In this editorial, the Hartford Courant suggests that starting in 2011, the federal government will take a few baby steps toward changing the way it measures poverty, something that is decades overdue. The income levels decide who qualifies for hundreds of state and federal programs such as food stamps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_050310.asp

Charities Are Hurting in The State; They Are Reorganizing To Survive While state unemployment hovers just under the national average of 9.6 percent, state charities are reorganizing, and sometimes closing altogether. Locally, according to its seventh annual survey of area nonprofit organizations, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's campaign was down by 8 percent — or $2 million — from 2008 to 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_102710.asp

Charities Struggle A report from Connecticut Council for Philanthropy released recently says the number of major fundraising campaigns in Fairfield County and in the Hartford and New Haven areas is at its lowest in 10 years, as is the amount of the combined campaign goals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2012
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Charity Fundraisers Feeling The Pinch With the economy in decline, the charity gala in general — that mainstay of the fall season and of nonprofit budgets — has had, in some cases, rough-going. While many charity events have gone off without a hitch this fall, the economy has affected the gala scene. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2008
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Charter Oak Cultural Center - Winner Nonprofit Organzation of the Year Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center recently was named the Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal. the center serves more than 15,000 people annually, and provides free before- and after-school programs to more than 500 children throughout Greater Hartford. The center sponsors hip-hop dance instruction and performances for area youths, eclectic art exhibitions in its downstairs gallery, and more. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 29, 2009
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Chiefs Can't Make The Case In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association has a weak argument for opposing a bill to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to be treated as juveniles in the criminal justice system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2007
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Child Care Funds Lacking Demand for state subsidized child care is expected to double in the coming year as strict new federal welfare guidelines push as many as 3,000 lower income parents into the workforce. But Connecticut's primary child-care subsidy, Care4Kids, is grossly unprepared for the coming onslaught, family advocates say. The program has been cut by $53 million, or 44 percent, over the last four years despite increases in demand that left 13,000 people on a waiting list in 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2006
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Child Care Grants Languish The Connecticut state Department of Social Services delayed processing six grant applications for early child care facilities across the state for more than a year, leaving at least $35 million in construction projects in limbo, state records indicate. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
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Child Fatality Review Panel Issues 10-Year Report In the past decade, the state Child Fatality Review Panel has investigated the deaths of 1,529 children. Recently, it issued a report on those deaths with recommendations it hopes will reduce the number of children who die each year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
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Child Poverty Council Initial Plan The Child Poverty Council, established by the Connecticut Legislature in 2004, is charged with recommending strategies to reduce child poverty by fifty percent within ten years. The report contains an inventory of current programs and 67 recommendations for consideration by the executive and legislative branch. (PDF file - 141 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management ; Publication Date: January 2005
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Child Trends Databank The Child Trends DataBank is a popular source for the latest national trends and research on over 80 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month. The databank delivers continuously updated trend data with the latest national estimates for all indicators, plain language reporting on trends and population subgroup differences, color graphics and tables that can be downloaded directly into reports and presentations, PDF files for each indicator, and links that provide access to additional information available for each indicator including state, local, and international estimates. The web site is provided by Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by providing research and data to inform decision-making that affects children. Published by Child Trends
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Childhood Obesity in Connecticut This is a fact sheet about childhood obesity in Connecticut. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: Fall 2012
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Children Left Behind: How Metropolitan Areas Are Failing America's Children A new report from the Harvard School of Public Health scores the living conditions experienced by children in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. It reveals a consistently bleak picture for black and Hispanic children compared to white and Asian children and suggests approaches to address some of the factors behind whether or not a child thrives. Published by Harvard School of Public Health ; Publication Date: January 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/children_left_behind_final_report.pdf

Children's Hospital Creating Center For Cancer And Blood Disorders When the Connecticut Children's Medical Center opened in 1996, the facilities for its cancer and blood disorders program seemed more than adequate. Recently, CCMC officials announced that they had reached the $5 million fundraising goal to pay for the construction of a new Clinical Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which will double the hospital's current space for its oncology and hematology program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2011
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Children's Hospital Has New Leader After a five-month national search, Connecticut Children's Medical Center recently chose a new leader from within as the troubled hospital attempts to heal itself. The hospital board of directors named Martin J. Gavin president and chief executive officer, a position he has held on an acting basis since January. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2006
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Churches Open Doors For Kids Two North End churches - House of Restoration and Phillips Metropolitan CME Church - are the anchors of the collaboration between DCF and city churches to find foster and adoptive homes for children. Known as the Queen Esther program, it has grown to involve 18 Hartford area churches and more recently spread to churches in Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2006
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City And Suburban Kids Drawn To Horse Program Many children participated in this summer's session of City Slickers, a program that brings together city and suburban children ages 11 to 17 to learn to ride, feed and care for horses at Hillside Equestrian Meadows in Wolcott. They also participate in projects that help to improve their language and math skills. Funding is provided by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, local corporations and private donors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2006
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City Anti-Gang Program Pays Kids Who Finish $100 Hartford economic development Connecticut economic development CT economic development Connecticut economic recession CT economic recession CT employment Connecticut unemployment CT jobs Greater Hartford region Hartford employment Hartford jobs Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 29, 2009
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City Forum Hears Talk of Gun in Grade School An 11 year old boy has reportedly taken a gun to Fred D. Wish Elementary School with intent to shoot at another student. Discussion of the incident arose among local officials, concerned residents and a state Department of Children and Families official at an anti-violence forum in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2005
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City Government Working for You!, June 2010 A newsletter about city services, tax rate and city budget, and city farmers' markets, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: June 2010
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City Government Working for You!, May 2010 A newsletter about city services, summer programs, the city budget, youth initiatives, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: May 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_May_10.pdf

City Kids Deserve Safe Place The city of Hartford is demolishing the almost half-century old, dilapidated Parker Memorial Center/Kelvin D. Anderson Gymnasium on Main Street. By 2010, a new, 36,000-square-foot community center will be constructed that will carry the same name. It'll be a place for young people to blow off steam safely. All the amenities will be new — gymnasium, swimming pool, weight room, classrooms, computer labs, game room. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2008
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City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services, Critical Health Indicators This document represents the Hartford Health and Human Services Department’s effort to present the health status of Hartford residents in 2009. Published by City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services ; Publication Date: 2009
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City Officer Defends Shootings As more information emerges about the shooting on May 7th and the death of Jashon Bryant, police officer Robert Lawlor's attorney Michael Georgetti defends Lawlor's decision to open fire on Bryant and Brandon Henry. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
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City Planning Program To Curb Teen Pregnancy With a teen pregnancy rate more than three times the state average, city and agency officials are planning an ambitious program to try to curb the problem. With a five-year, $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city's health and human services department and Office for Youth Services are collaborating on the effort with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and Hartford Action Plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2011
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City Police Are Testing a BB Gun That Might Have Been Thrown From the Car Hartford police have sent a BB gun, turned in May 12th by an anonymous man, to forensics to investigate its possible connection to the police shooting of two young men in Hartford's North end the previous week. An officer fired at the two men because he believed one of them was reaching for a gun but no such gun has yet been found. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
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City Police Take Heat for Their Responses: Publicity of Missing Girls Slow, Say Parents, Advocates The Hartford police have been criticized for not investigating the disappearances of three teenage girls quickly enough by residents and community leaders. One of the girls remains missing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2005
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City Students Pick Out Holiday Gifts For Family Members At Maria Sanchez Elementary School, the recent "Holiday Shopping Spree," organized by physical education teacher Dave Anderson, was a first. The At the school's holiday bazaar Tuesday, the 500 students could pick from digital photo key chains, foot baths and slow-cookers. And all the gifts were free, donated by school staff and their friends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2008
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City Takes on Diesel The Hartford City Council last week passed a resolution to enforce the state ordinance that limits idling time of school buses and other vehicles with diesel engines to three minutes, and to require an annual tune-up of all city-owned vehicles. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
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City's Life, And Lacks, Portrayed A group of Connecticut teenagers explored Hartford through the lenses of their cameras this summer and will share their perceptions of the capital city in an exhibit entitled "Stay! Perspectives of Hartford." Organized by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the six-week neighborhood studio project brought together 10 teens from the Greater Hartford area to visit the city's neighborhoods and to learn about photography and how exhibits are created and installed. The program was funded by a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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City's Revived Curfew Has Its Doubters, Critics The merits of the curfew, long on the books, but revived for 30 days after a spate of shootings last weekend, are being debated from the city's squad rooms to living rooms, and perhaps in the future in courtrooms, where municipal curfews have been struck down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
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City’s Chief of Early Childhood Education Wins National Award Jose Colon-Rivas is Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office For Young Children. His work in that role was recently given national recognition when he was presented with the Lewis Hine Award for Service to Young Children. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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Class Cutters Beware Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts, who became the city's police chief in July, has initiated a program to find children who should be in school and make sure they get to class. He has assigned two detectives - one in the North End and the other in the South End - to seek out children who are chronically absent and investigate the reasons for their truancy. Patrol officers throughout the city are also being told to pick up such children and return them to school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 14, 2006
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Clergy Unite for Healthcare Reform Over 50 Christian, Moslem and Jewish clergy men and women from all over Connecticut joined as one at the State Capitol recently to demand universal healthcare for all state residents. It is estimated that approximately 407,000 state residents do not have health insurance. About half of those uninsured are African-Americans and Hispanics. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 17 – 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_news_011707.asp

Cleveland Avenue Copes With City's Latest Shooting Stan Simpson summarizes feelings and opinions of community members in light of recent shootings in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060706_a.asp

CLIKS Online Data County-City-Community Level Information on Kids. This website brings together data on the well-being of children collected by KIDS COUNT grantees from state and local sources. The system allows users to access state-specific inventories of data from local sources, such as health departments, human services agencies, and schools. The content of state pages is determined by a participating KIDS COUNT partner using data from local jurisdictions. Generate reports like state and regional profiles, graphs, maps, and rankings, or download raw data; Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/cliks_data.asp

Closing Library Branches Was Painful, Necessary This year, given the deepest budget cuts the library have ever faced, the board of directors of the Hartford Public Library was forced to make painful decisions regarding library services and hours. One of the board members writes, “We do not make these decisions lightly. We recognize the important role the library plays in the city and are proud that our delivery of quality services has made the library so vital to our community.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 07, 2008
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Club's Influence Proves Priceless Asylum Hill youth are already benefiting from the addition of the Boys and Girls Club. A core of Asylum Hill Congregational volunteers, chagrined by the notoriety of the neighborhood - drugs, prostitution, shootings - decided to change its reputation and transform the street. They led a five-year effort to raise $7 million to build the Boys and Girls Club, which opened in October. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2004
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Colin Powell Visits Boys & Girls Club, Tells Youths To Pursue Their Dreams Former Secretary of State and retired four-star Gen. Colin Powell spoke to a packed house recently, and that was before he headlined a motivational speaking tour at the XL Center in Hartford. Prior to his speaking engagement downtown, Powell took a tour of the Boys & Girls Club on Sigourney Street and shared some of his life experiences with dozens of current and former club members. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2009
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Collaboration Brings New School To Asylum Hill On the lower level of Asylum Hill Congregational Church a new school is taking shape. The School for Young Children on Asylum Hill initially will serve children 6 weeks to 5 years old and is expected to attract both city and suburban families. The preschool, scheduled to open in September 2006, is the first phase of a school project that by 2008 will grow to include children up to fourth grade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2006
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Commitment To Kids Society's Support For Child Care Just Isn't Cutting It Compensation for child-care workers is far too low across the country, and the federal budget released this week - with cuts in all domestic social services - is likely to make matters worse. Connecticut's Child Health and Development Institute laid out the issue in a report called "Shaping Young Lives," published in November. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_020906.asp

Community Court Newsletter, Spring 2009 The Spring 2009 Newsletter from the Hartford Community Court includes a discussion of the recent national recognition of Community Court. The Court was named one of three mentor court sites by the U.S. department of Justice. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by State of Connecticut Judicial Branch ; Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/crime/09CommCourt_springNews.pdf

Community Food Security in Connecticut The 2012 Community Food Security in Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns focuses on a town-level assessment of community food security in Connecticut. Published by University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and Natural Resources ; Publication Date: April 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/wsd_043013.asp

Community Food Security in Connecticut: An Evaluation and Ranking of 169 Towns A cooperative effort of Connecticut Food Policy Council, University of Connecticut and Hartford Food System, this study uses town-level data to measure community food security based on 38 different indicators falling within 6 categories for the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut. Community food security means the development and enhancement of sustainable, community-based strategies to improve access of low-income households to healthful nutritious food, to increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs and to promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues. (PDF File, 16 pages). Published by Hartford Food System ; Publication Date: September 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/CommunityFoodSecurity.pdf

Connecticut Early Care and Education Progress Report 2012 In November 2010, Governor Dannel Malloy was elected on a platform that included a strong commitment to early care and education. That spring, he and the legislature passed the FY 12-13 budget, which was careful to preserve most early care and education programs. This report looks at the amount of spending on early care and education, the number of children served, which children are being served, and the quality of those services in FY 12 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012), the first full fiscal year of Governor Malloy’s administration. (PDF document, 96 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/CTEarlyCareandEducProgressRpt2012.pdf

Connecticut Early Care and Education Progress Report, 2009 This report seeks to answer the questions: What has Connecticut done thus far to address the need for quality early child care and education; and are Connecticut’s efforts improving children’s readiness for school? (PDF document, 48 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/EarlyChildhoodProgress09.pdf

Connecticut Exempts Working-Poor Families from the Income Tax This fact sheet reviews Connecticut's income tax thresholds for low-income families in 2006. It contains information on the impact of state income taxes on working-poor and near-poor families, including historical trends. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ; Publication Date: March 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Taxes/CT_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Connecticut Fares Badly In Rise of Working Poor In 2011, there were 83,000 families in Connecticut with children living at home and an adult working — but with income under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, a new report shows. That was 21 percent of the 389,000 families with children and jobs — making Connecticut the fifth-lowest state by that measure of the working poor. But it was up from 16 percent in 2007, making Connecticut one of the nine fastest-growing states when it comes to the percent of working families at 200 percent of poverty, a crucial measure of low income. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2013
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Connecticut Improves Dental Care For Children, Pew Report Says Connecticut earned top marks in a study of state dental policies for children by the Pew Center on the States, which declared Connecticut a "national leader." Connecticut was one of six states to earn an "A" in the report, "The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail One in Five Children." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2010
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Connecticut Long-Term Care Needs Assessment, Executive Summary Long-term care services and supports are needed to help people who require assistance over an extended period due to disability or chronic illness. Connecticut and other states are increasingly confronted with burgeoning Medicaid expenditures, looming demand for long-term care services associated with demographic trends, and growing movements to enhance consumer choice and control. This report provides the data for planning efforts. (PDF document, 37 pages) Published by University of Connecticut, Health Care Center for the Connecticut Commision On Aging ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/LTCare_Exec_Summary.pdf

Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework The Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework is a curriculum-embedded tool for assessing 3- and 4-year-old children in their preschool classrooms. It was developed to be a companion to the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum Framework (1999) and articulates comprehensive performance standards or learning outcomes. (PDF Document, 118 pages) Published by State of Connecticut State Board of Education ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/preschool_assessment_framework.pdf

Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) 2004 Report Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This report describes statistics on violent deaths during 2004. Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: September 2006
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_09_2006.asp

Connecticut's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy A two-page summary of "America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy." This brief summarizes the report of an expert panel convened by FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS, an anti-crime group of over 2,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence, and youth violence experts. The authors include Harvard pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and Yale child development expert Edward Zigler. The full report and citations for this brief are available at www.fightcrime.org. Published by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids ; Publication Date: July 30, 2003
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_073003.asp

Connecticut's Income Disparity Shows Rapid Growth The income gap between Connecticut's richest and poorest families has grown at a faster pace in the last 20 years than any other state, according to a report issued today by Connecticut Voices for Children. During the same period, income disparity between the state's middle-income and richest families also grew at a faster pace than any other state, the advocacy group's report said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2008
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Connecticut's Prostitution Problem Connecticut's participation in the allied horrors of human trafficking and America's domestic prostitution industry was recently highlighted by a Vanity Fair article and a newly published book, The Berlin Turnpike, that both focused on a 2007 trial of a Hartford-area pimp named Dennis Paris. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 09, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_advocate_060911.asp

Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit: A Boost to Working Families in Every Town In 2011, Connecticut lawmakers took historic action to establish and implement a state earned-income tax credit (EITC). After the first full year of the credit’s existence, its impact is clear. Data show that the credit is a boost to working families in every city, town, and county in Connecticut, keeping children out of poverty. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Taxes/eitcbrief2013.pdf

Cops' Disdain Won't Regain People's Trust There's no shortage of ideas about how to stop youth violence in Hartford. Helen Ubiñas suggests in this commentary the police can do more to help. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2005
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Cosby Keeps Focus On Community Comedian Bill Cosby recently urged Hartford school parents to reach out to their missing peers: the parents who never show up at meetings, the people who aren't around for their children. In a speech that mirrored many of his lectures around the country about respect, responsibility and accountability, Cosby focused mostly on education and the power it gives people stuck in cycles of poverty and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_102108.asp

Cosby To Parents: Time To Deal With Kids Comedian Bill Cosby came to Hartford recently with a serious message about responsible parenting. He urged the adults to stop ignoring the social ills that lead to teenage pregnancy, juvenile delinquency and violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070108_1.asp

Counting the Uninsured In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated that based on Current Population Survey data, 384,000 persons (11.0%) were uninsured, including 49,000 children under 18 (6.0%). Among children in low income families (less than 200% of the federal poverty level), an estimated 22,000 children under 19 were uninsured. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h12countuninsured.pdf

Cracking Down On Cussing Students at Hartford Public or Bulkeley High Schools who cuss are paying dearly for their vocabulary. In a bid to rein in out-of-control language - and behavior - city police officers assigned to the schools have started doling out tickets with $103 fines. They have charged about two dozen students over the past few weeks with creating a public disturbance, an infraction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2005
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Creating Comic Books About 250 students in Hartford schools participated in The Comic Book Project, developed by teachers at Columbia University in New York, wrote and illustrated comics about leadership. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_052305.asp

CRT Day-Care Staff Strikes for One Day About 1,000 families went without daycare when employees of 13 centers in Hartford run by the Community Renewal Team staged a one-day walkout, demanding a new contract. The union, whose contract expired Dec. 31, 2003, is seeking 4 percent raises. The nonprofit agency is paying a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_090805.asp

Cultivating Past Could Help Youth Grow Roots Tom Condon wonders if more people in their 20s would stay if they were more attuned to the history, the place, the stories of Connecticut. If you know who was here, and what they did, if you can see where they worked and lived, doesn't that hook you? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_020308.asp

Cure For Gun Violence? Redirect Violent Young Men A Chicago epidemiologist is treating gun violence like an infectious disease — using his nonprofit as an intervener when street conflicts occur. Like the doctor from the Windy City, James Lane is among a growing number of local ministers who believe that redirecting participants to nonviolent alternatives is the right elixir to combat gun violence in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_052408.asp

Curfew To Be Extended 30 Days Hartford Police will continue their strict enforcement of the city’s curfew ordinance for at least another 30 days, through October 14, 2008, Police Chief Daryl Roberts announced recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_news_091108.asp

Curfew's One Tool In Cutting Violence Daryl K. Roberts, the Chief of Police of the Hartford Police Department comments on the extension of the curfew in Hartford imposed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez. He expresses the opinion that no matter what side of the curfew debate you are on, there is no denying its positive effect in Hartford, which is why the city extended it for another 30 days. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_091408.asp

Cutting Tax Credit Socks It To Hard-Working Poor Just two years ago, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed, and Connecticut adopted, a state Earned Income Tax Credit, known as EITC, to help hard-working parents meet their basic needs and keep their families out of poverty. In its first year, that credit helped one in eight households, in every town in the state, returning an average of $600 to 180,000 families. All were working and their incomes averaged just below $18,000 per year. Yet just two years after signing the state EITC into law, Gov. Malloy now recommends cutting it to help close the state budget gap. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_031113.asp

Dancehall Puts Hartford On The Map Greater Hartford has one of the largest populations of Jamaicans in America, somewhere behind New York, and Miami. Taking a trip through the North End you can get a taste of the Caribbean island at the restaurants and bakeries on Albany and Blue Hills Avenue. You can also experience the culture of Jamaican dancehall in a number of venues and clubs in the city. Hartford has its own dancehall scene that is, in many ways, as exciting as those in Miami and New York. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_030107.asp

Data Point to Big Changes in Connecticut The Census Bureau's 2003 American Community Survey (ACS) numbers show significant changes in Connecticut demographics. Hartford Courant Staff Writer Mike Swift brings light to some of the most interesting results. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/People/courant_082704.asp Related Link(s): American Community Survey Data Tables for Connecticut, Hartford County, Hartford MSA and more

Day Care on the Line Teachers and parents are making hard choices in their fight for a living wage, the necessity of having day-care for their children and making ends meet in the strike of Community Renewal Team child-care workers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 6, 2005
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Day Of Emotions This article describes a number of ways that the Greater Hartford region’s residents celebrated Christmas 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2007
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DCF Lags On Foster Care, Court Monitor Says The state Department of Children and Families continues to lag in recruiting and retaining foster families — a problem that affects the entire child-protection system and results in children being sent to out-of-state facilities or languishing in institutions, according to the latest federal oversight report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2010
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DCF Must Place Young Children In Family Care In Connecticut, young children placed in group homes may stay for months before being placed with a family that can provide stability and comfort. Fortunately, a bill before the General Assembly would prevent the use of group home placements for children under 5, unless the child needs complicated health care that cannot be given in a family setting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2011
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DCF Task Force Disbands The joint federal and state task force that has been running the state's troubled child welfare system for the past two years has disbanded, state officials confirmed. The task force was established in 2003 as a compromise to avoid having the DCF placed in federal receivership for repeatedly failing to comply with court-ordered reforms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2005
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Death Of a Young Man At Jashon Bryant's funeral on May 13th, tensions between residents of Hartford's North-End and the city police erupted when Rev. Richard L. Nash denounced the police during the service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051405.asp Related Link(s): City Police Testing a BB Gun That Might Have Been Thrown From the Car ; Hartford Officer on Administrative Duty as Fatal Shooting is Probed

Death Stills A Hand Of Care John Hunt, 73, died on March 11, 2007 of a stroke. He was a retired vice president of Travelers Group who volunteered as a tutor at Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood. He was as much a part of the fabric of the place as any beloved teacher. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2007
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Debt Counselors At Co-opportunity Inc. See Many Who Need Training On Setting A Budget His whole life, Hartford-bred Ricardo Herrera, director of programs at Co-opportunity, Inc., has lived with the ups and downs that are Connecticut's capital city. The budget coaches can help people manage their finances. And it all starts with a budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2011
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Declare A Cease-fire In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the city should find new ways to stop gunplay. Hartford had 17 homicides in 2004, but the number has been moving up since, to 33 in 2007 and 32 in 2008. If the trend continues, 2009 will be one of the city's deadliest years since the gang violence of the early 1990s. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Democracy in Action: Making an Impact Audio A audio recording of the September 26, 2006 community program, Democracy in Action: Making an Impact, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: September 26, 2006
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Denial Helped Mother Serve Pamela Joiner didn't want to become a political activist, but when her son Jumar was killed in Hartford in May, 2008, she turned to Mothers United Against Violence for the support she needed and a distraction from the pain she was avoiding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_063008.asp

Despite Naysayers, Students Determined To Make A Better Hartford Helen Ubiñas writes about Xiomara Colon, Emanuel Morales and Naiomi Serrano, all students at Hartford High, who have been organizing marches against violence in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_111608.asp

Despite Some Worries, Open Choice Pupils Soar Just about everyone involved, from parents and the superintendent to the program coordinator, says the Open Choice program has been extremely successful. Open Choice, formerly called Project Concern, is a voluntary desegregation program that allows Hartford parents to enroll their children in suburban schools. More than 800 students from Hartford are bused to 28 of 35 towns in the capital region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_061805_A.asp

Detectors Don't Belong In Schools Stan Simpson writes that metal detectors in schools are a superficial fix to the problem of students bringing weapons to school, but they won't deter the mentality of someone bent on causing trouble. Using metal-detecting wands at public schools is as sacrilegious as wanding a parishioner coming to church. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_092706.asp

Diesel Measure Stalled A half-million dollars earmarked to cut harmful emissions from Hartford school buses has been sitting unused at the Department of Environmental Protection since 2004 because the city hasn’t extended its contract with the bus company, Laidlaw Transit Services. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 5, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_040507.asp

Digital Center Gets Comcast Grant The cable company Comcast recently announced that it has given a $5,000 grant to the Hartford Public Library's YOUmedia initiative. The library is creating the "digital learning center for teenagers" using only private funds, said the library's CEO, Matthew K. Poland. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_081112.asp

Dispute Ends in Death Four different shooting incidents occurred over the May 14th – 15th weekend, including the death of an 18 year-old and a police car chase near Wethersfield Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2005
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Do Health Behaviors of Connecticut Youth Differ by Their Race and Ethnicity? The Connecticut School Health Survey 2005 In analyzing data from the 2005 Connecticut School Health Survey, a biennial survey of Connecticut students in grades 9-12, this report elucidates trends regarding risk behaviors and protective factors among adolescents by their race and ethnicity. (PDF document, 22 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/youth07healthsurvey.pdf

Do No Harm: Under-funding Child Care Hurts Kids A summary of the various issues involved in providing affordable child care in Connecticut. Reduced-funding, strict eligibility requirements, and high costs have made child care out of reach for many low-income families. (PDF file, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: January 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/do_no_harm.pdf

Doc Tells It Like It Should Be This article profiles Walter "Doc" Hurley, a former vice principal at Weaver High School, and mentor to generations of Hartford youth. The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation was created in 1975 to honor him. Today, it gives 18 scholarships, and has helped more than 430 young people pay for college. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_070806.asp

Doctor Offers New Tools In Fight Against Childhood Obesity The bad news: childhood obesity has become so severe that some children are increasingly contracting illnesses normally seen in middle age. The good news: the trend seems to be slowing and there are some interesting new strategies that families and schools can use to reverse the trend, such as an easy new way to quickly figure out the nutrition value of groceries at the store. That was the message that David L. Katz, an expert in chronic disease prevention, delivered to about 160 YMCA, school and community leaders at a childhood obesity conference recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_062310.asp

Domestic Violence: A New Vigilance The new Connecticut domestic-violence laws rolling out soon — born of a string of assaults and murders and the media attention that followed — represent the most concentrated attack on these crimes in 24 years, say prosecutors and advocates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_071810.asp

Don't Come Back: Prison Visit Gets Students Thinking About Choices, Consequences Students in the "Law and You" social studies class at Hartford Public High School were prompted to think about the possible consequences of choices they make during a recent visit to the Cheshire Correctional Institution. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesAndChildren/htfd_courant_030406.asp

Don't Give Up On Youths In this editorial, the Courant supports treating youth who commit crimes between the ages of 16 and 18 in the juvenile court system, making them eligible for services such as schooling, alternative sentencing, mental health and rehabilitative treatment. Currently, Connecticut is one of only three states that treats such teenagers as adults. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_022606.asp

Donations Pour In For Kids Who Cleaned Streets Twenty-five Hartford youths who weren't compensated for work they did sweeping the streets this summer will get paychecks after all. Just days after it became public that they weren't paid, dozens of individual contributors, one foundation and a nonprofit group have stepped up to help. One of the largest contributions, a check for $3,000, was hand-delivered by John Wilson on behalf of the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Foundation of Avon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_081506.asp

Dramatizing Youth Issues The Hartford-based HartBeat Ensemble stages a production that focuses on a diverse group of young people and current social and educational issues. Most of the play's teenage participants are students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. The Men of Color Initiative and Hartford Communities that Care (HCTC) are sponsors of the show. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_040805.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Communities That Care®

Dream Team Helps Poor Families In the past year, Dr. Monique Deveaux of Community Health Services in the North End has been able to concentrate on medical treatment. Now, when issues arise that require more than a medical diagnosis, Deveaux calls a specialist: Jay Sicklick. Sicklick, a former legal aid lawyer, set up an office at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in 2000 to help families and pediatricians address legal and community issues affecting health care. His program, known as the Family Advocacy Project and funded by private foundation grants, has spread into every public pediatric clinic in Hartford. As a result, virtually every low-income family in the city now has access to free legal help. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 4, 2005
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Dropouts Work, Study To Build New Futures YouthBuild is a 10-month work-study program for high school dropouts 16 to 24 years old. The students spend two weeks at a time studying to take their GED, then two weeks working construction. They get paid about $25 a day when they're working. Working alongside experienced construction workers, the students learn skills designed to help them get jobs. The houses they build in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity go to low-income families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060906.asp

Drug-Free Zones Are Bill's Targets In a move likely to renew debate over the war on drugs, state legislators recently considered a bill today that would reduce the size of drug-free school zones after a national report tagged them as unfair to cities and racially discriminatory. Under Connecticut law, any drug activity - whether selling or buying - is subject to stiffer criminal penalties if it takes place within 1,500 feet of a public school, housing project or day-care center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2006
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E. R. Doctor Treats Students To A Lesson As the chief of general surgery and trauma at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Anthony Morgan doesn't fit the profile of a gangster. But he was headed down that road on the mean streets of Philadelphia when he was a kid. Morgan was stabbed and shot twice before he was a teenager, he said. Morgan told a group of about 30 Hartford Public High School students who visited the hospital recently. His lesson for them, called "Let's Not Meet By Accident," is a prevention program designed to teach high school students about the consequences of risky behavior, such as participating in gang violence, riding in cars without seatbelts or on motorcycles without helmets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_011207.asp

Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, A KIDS COUNT Special Report Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade are more successful in school, work, and in life. Millions of American children get to 4th grade without learning to read proficiently. The shortfall in reading proficiency is especially pronounced among low-income children. (PDF document, 62 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: May 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/Why_Reading_by_Third_Grade_Matters.pdf

Eat Healthy, Get Wealthy Healthier menus adopted by 82 Connecticut school districts last school year drew moans and groans from students upset by what they considered unpalatable changes. But, schools participating in the state's healthy food certification program began to reap the nutritional and financial benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2007
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Ebony Horsewomen Seek Site In Other Town For An Equestrian Center A few months after their proposal to build an equestrian center in Keney Park was denied by the Hartford City Council, the Ebony Horsewomen have turned their sights to nearby towns, including property at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_092909.asp

Economic Tonic The federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, which is available only to those who have earned wages, returned $44 billion to more than 22 million people last year — more than one of every seven workers, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which administers the program. The EITC, in operation since the mid-1970s, is one of the nation's largest anti-poverty programs, and that's how many people talk about it. In Connecticut last year, more than 166,000 low-wage workers received an estimated $290 million in federal earned income tax credit, with the average check totaling $1,600. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_031308.asp

Edible Work Of Beauty Casandra Guzman, an 18-year-old senior at A.I. Prince Technical High School, recently participated in the National High School Culinary Challenge sponsored by Johnson & Wales University. She is one of nine finalists in the contest's dessert category. Finalists were selected from more than 500 entrants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_021606.asp

Educators Mourn Troubled Teen Over the past four years, Joshua McCleland was an irregular fit at three Hartford high schools, where educators tried to persuade the teen they described as a respectful young man with a quick wit to choose education over the call of the city's streets. The streets proved too strong a lure. McCleland, 18, was fatally shot at close range on March 25, 2007 on Blue Hills Avenue in a quiet residential section of Hartford's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2007
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Eight Schools Given Lowest Grades Despite extensive reforms, eight of the state's most troubled public schools still have too many ineffective teachers, weak academic standards and low expectations of students, a new state report says. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 8, 2005
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Eight Students Expelled Nearly half of the students who were arrested after a fight outside Fox Middle School in March 2006 will not return to the North End school until 2007. Eight students have already been expelled for 180 school days, and two more face expulsion hearings soon. The expelled students will attend the city's alternative education program called HALO on Locust Street in the South End until they are allowed to return to Fox on March 9, 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2006
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EITC Interactive - Explore tax return data from 1997-2005 This interactive web page from the Brookings Institution allows the user to create reports that show the number of households that received Earned Income Tax Credits by zip code, or city/place, or county, or state, or Metropolitan Statistical Area, or congressional district through time. Published by The Brookings Institution
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_10_2008.asp

El Dinero de su Familia: Maneras Simples para Establecer un Mejor Futuro Ésta nueva guía de Hartford se enfoca en crear ventajas, educación, crédito, mantenimiento de dinero y planificación. (PDF file, 40 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: November 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/2006HartfordFES_Span.pdf

Elephant In The Room: Low Value Of Work The Connecticut Voices for Children recently was among the advocacy groups that sponsored a forum on the topic of how and why the state should help struggling people get ahead. Using economic language to call for expanded state and federal programs for the poor is the first step toward a broader understanding that merely increasing the size of the economy - the main goal of national policy in recent years - is not enough. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_011506.asp

Employed and Poor In Connecticut, pay for workers at the bottom of the wage scale failed to keep pace with inflation over the past 14 years, despite the economic expansion of the 1990s, according to an analysis of census data by the Economic Policy Institute, a research group based in Washington, D.C. Hartford Courant Staff Writer Mike Swift examines issues facing Hartford's working poor in this August 8, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/courant_080804.asp

Enact Earned Income Credit In this editorial, the Courant suggests Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly should make a state earned income tax credit one of those stimulants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_021208.asp

Ending Hunger Must Go Beyond Providing The Next Meal The policy and advocacy group End Hunger CT proposes a three-year plan to make good food more accessible to people who need it. Its plan includes offering lunches and breakfasts in every school and getting more people who qualify to sign up for food stamps. But, its plan also includes helping low-income families achieve greater economic security; help a household become self-sufficient, and hunger becomes a thing of the past. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2008
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Ending the Spectre of Youth Homelessness Homelessness among young people does not always mean that students live out of cars, or on the streets. It means that they have no stable place to make a life. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_news_021909.asp

Energy Bill Vote Left Out In Cold Neither a snowstorm, nor bitter cold, nor even a promise from the U.S. Senate majority leader could get Congress to approve extra money to help people with low incomes pay their energy bills this winter. Members of Congress, in the middle of a "Presidents' Day recess" did not act on a proposal to add $1 billion to the low-income energy assistance program. As a result, Connecticut is likely to run out of federal money for its program in about a month, and 12 other states have already exhausted their funds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesAndChildren/htfd_courant_022106.asp

Energy Crunch Nonprofit-agency heads and state officials in Connecticut worry about a cold winter. Residents are faced with the worst economic downturn in perhaps 75 years and escalating energy costs. Will the programs in place to help those struggling with their utility bills be able to keep up? Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 12, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_advocate_111208.asp

Ensuring Stories Endure Even Anne Frank's diary, as compelling as it is, couldn't compare to the face-to-face testimony Holocaust survivors Seena and Bernard Schwarz gave to four young actors with Hartford Children's Theatre. The local actors star in the upcoming production of "And Then They Came for Me - Remembering the World of Anne Frank." To help them better understand their roles, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford teamed the actors with local Holocaust survivors as mentors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 21, 2007
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Estimates for the Cost of Interpretation Services for Connecticut Medicaid Recipients This report from the Connecticut Health Foundation estimates the cost of providing limited-English proficient Medicaid enrollees with face-to-face interpreters in compliance with federal laws and guidelines. (PDF document, 24 pages) Published by Connecticut Health Foundation ; Publication Date: August 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/health/est_cost_interpreter_services.pdf

Evaluating the Performance of Charter Schools in Connecticut Connecticut's charter schools generally are making faster gains on state tests than other public school students from the same cities and towns, according to a study commissioned by the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now. Full Report - (PDF document 43 pages) Published by Connecticut Alliance for Great Schools ; Publication Date: February 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/charter_schools.pdf Related Link(s): Study Finds Charter School Progress

Evaluation of the Hartford Asset Building Collaborative 2005 VITA Campaign Based on feedback from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign members and analysis of tax data and information sheet data, it was determined that a successful coalition was built this year. Considerations for 2006 VITA Campaign include partnering with already existent VITA sites, broadening outreach with new partners, and building relationships with more city and state agencies. (PDF file, 55 pages) Published by Connecticut Policy and Economic Council ; Publication Date: August 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/2005VITA.pdf Related Link(s): Hartford Making Connections

Evaluation of the Take Your Money Connecticut 2004 EITC Campaign The evaluation includes an analysis of tax return data, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site intake and exit surveys, follow-up questionnaires from VITA volunteers, interviews with VITA site coordinators, Neighborhood Ambassadors and the Executive Director. Among other findings, it was determined that while the number of filers has increased significantly over the three years of VITA operations, the number of filers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has not significantly exceeded the city average. In order to reach low income families more strategic outreach needs to occur. (PDF file, 40 pages) Published by Connecticut Policy and Economic Council ; Publication Date: August 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/2004EITC.pdf Related Link(s): Hartford Making Connections

Even The Strongest Among Us Can Sometimes Use A Hand Connecticut legislators are considering a bill this session that would put more money toward adult education. Backed by an unusual coalition of organizations, including Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, several chambers of commerce and the Capitol Region Education Council, among others, the bill is meant to assist adults with educational, vocational and technical training. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_041507.asp

Every Smile Counts: The Oral Health of Connecticut's Children, Pre-Publication Report This document is pre-publication report of the results of a state-wide survey of Connecticut's children who attended Headstart and public elementary schools during the 2006-2007 school year conducted by the state Department of Public Health. It found that dental decay is a significant health problem for the children of Connecticut. (PDF document, 38 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Public Health ; Publication Date: September 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/Every_Smile_Counts.pdf

Ex-Inmate Has Dream To Own A Hot Dog Truck The new life of Tjayda T. Jones lies waiting, neatly arranged and re-arranged on his bed in a second-floor apartment on Hillside Avenue in Hartford. Bible. Resume. Clean clothes. Certificates of achievement. A book about driving laws. A Narcotics Anonymous manual. A photocopied magazine article: "How to Really Start Your Own Business." Somewhere within all this are the components of the dream that nourishes him. A hot dog cart of his own. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/prisonerre-entry/htfd_courant_061708.asp

Ex-Officer Will Stand Trial A Superior Court judge recently rejected a defense motion to dismiss manslaughter and assault charges against a former Hartford detective. The case against Robert Lawlor will now go to trial. Lawlor was charged by the state's attorney's office in June 2006 with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault in connection with an on-duty fatal shooting of Jashon Bryant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_031908.asp

Expert Panel Cites Urban-Suburban Inequities Treatment varies for suburban and urban youths charged with crimes. According to the state's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System, disparities might be curbed if cities had as many counselors, police and school officials assigned to give troubled youths individual attention as some of the suburbs have. The commission plans to suggest possible changes in state legislation that might bridge that gap in funding, programs and personnel so that cities can create programs geared toward helping first-time offenders before they are arrested. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_011905.asp Related Link(s): Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System Annual Report and Recommendations 2003-04 (PDF document 85 pages) ; http://www.jud.state.ct.us/

Explicit Book Merits Support Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the recent removal of a controversial book from a 10th grade classroom at Capital Preparatory Magnet School was an overreaction and a thorough review is in order. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_041206.asp

Families Welcome Federal Inquiry into City Shootings The families of Jashon Bryant and Brandon Harry are pleased with the decision to request a federal prosecutor's examination of their cases to determine whether or not federal investigation is necessary. Many Hartford residents feel as though the Hartford police would be incapable of delivering a fair investigation because of tensions between the police and residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_060205.asp

Family Assets Scorecard 2005 While Connecticut ranks among the top states on measures on net family worth and educational achievement, disparities in family assets on the basis of race, income, and gender threaten Connecticut's economic strength and quality of life, according to this report. The report, developed in partnership with CFED, a national organization that works to expand economic opportunites, ranks Connecticut against other states in its performance on 31 asset measures in the areas of financial security, business development, homeownership, health care, and education. (PDF File, 36 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: May 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/econ05assets05.pdf

Family Of Slain Teen To Meet With Justice Department Representatives The family of Jashon Bryant, who was shot and killed in 2005 by city police Det. Robert Lawlor, was recently scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., with representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_031110.asp

Family Ponders Attack's Motive After a barrage of gunfire wounded four members of Beatriz Chandler's family, they pondered who shot them and why. A shattered front window, bullet holes and bandages are constant reminders of the drive-by shooting the night of May 26, 2006 outside 21 Westland St. in Hartford. Police said the family members aren't affiliated with any gangs, though they believed someone on the street was a target of an ongoing gang war. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_060306_b.asp

Family Taunts Lawlor A tense confrontation unfolded outside Superior Court in Hartford recently as Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor, facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager, found himself staring into the face of the boy's father. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_070606_a.asp

Family Ties Coldly Cut With estimates that 3 million American-born children have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant, stories of families being split up are becoming heartbreakingly common. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Immigrants/htfd_courant_060307.asp

Family To Mark Anniversary Of Teenager's Shooting The family of Jashon Bryant, who was 18 when he was fatally shot by a city police detective, gathered recently to mark the sixth anniversary of his death. On May 7, 2005, Det. Robert Lawlor shot Bryant during the course of a police investigation in the city's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_050611.asp

Family Well-Being Indicators for Connecticut Cities and Towns In December 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey (ACS) on social and economic indicators for all 169 Connecticut cities and towns. These five-year estimates of household income, poverty, and educational attainment allow us to explore how Connecticut cities and towns have changed over the past decade. This report summarizes those changes. (PDF document, 24 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/People/econ13townwellbeing5year.pdf

Feds Taking New Aim At Gangs Local police departments will spend more time this year combating a resurgence of gang activity in city neighborhoods and in schools, and the feds will be picking up part of the tab. The Department of Justice has pumped an additional $300,000 into Project Safe Neighborhoods, a 4-year-old program whose mission - getting illegal guns off the street - has been expanded to include gang activity, U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_050406.asp

Festering Violence Plagues Us From Within Bessy Reyna comments on recent violent incidents and expresses the opinion that the possibility of facing violence has become an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, each time there is a crime such as those committed in Tennessee, Wisconsin and Connecticut, we react as if it was the first time this has happened. It is time we confront the fact that we live in a very violent country; the violence made common by the ease with which we have access to weapons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_081508.asp

Field Trip Meets Reality A field trip by Glastonbury high school students to Hartford's Superior Court leads Helen Ubiñas to consider the different experiences of Hartford's youth in contrast to that of those in the suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 23, 2005
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Fighting Child Poverty A group of state legislators has introduced a series of bills designed to cut the state's poverty rate by half over the next 10 years. "Blueprint to Reduce Child Poverty" follows recommendations that the state's Child Poverty Council detailed last fall. It is a potentially expensive endeavor that has been estimated to cost between $500 million and $1 billion over the next decade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2005
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Finding Warmth For The Poor Congress prepared to unleash a fresh icy blast Friday at Connecticut and other cold-weather states as lawmakers balked at providing what state officials say is enough money to help low-income families with mounting energy bills. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2005
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First Graduating Class; 21 People Complete Literacy Program The first graduating class of The Academy for Parents, a family literacy project for low-literate Latino parents of young children in Hartford recently celebrated the completion of the program during a ceremony at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Modeled after successful literacy/parenting programs in Middletown and Willimantic, the academy is the pride of its founder, Art Feltman, a former Hartford city councilman who served as a state legislator for more than a decade. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2010
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First In A Series: Summer Youth Employment - Job Training Classes Teach Customer Service Skills Summertime in Hartford is often filled with stories of young people doing the wrong things. But in Hartford a jobs program has students taking a different path. Capital Workforce Partners runs a program to train, employ, and pay Hartford-area students. Each morning a classroom at the Blue Hills Civic Association is filled with 26 teenage students learning basic steps of how to get, and keep, a job. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 02, 2010
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First, Nail Down The Money Two months ago, when violence on Hartford streets spiked to unbearable levels, members of the city's legislative delegation recommended increasing the accountability for community programs as a way to stop the bloodshed. All too often, the lawmakers explained, grass roots organizations that seek to help youth mean well, but lack the sophistication to secure the resources they need to carry out their mission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2006
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Flawed Push For Government-Run System A Bitter Pill For Aetna, City Mark Bertolini an executive vice president for Aetna comments on a bill before the Connecticut General Assembly to create government-run health insurance system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Focused Giving Reaches Those Most In Need The critical services provided by nonprofits in the Hartford region are increasingly in demand. More people are in need, many for the first time in their lives. And nonprofits are struggling to keep up. With flat or declining revenues, it requires significant cost-cutting. Some programs are being eliminated. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 24, 2008
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Food Banks In Connecticut Struggling To Keep Pace With Demand The shelves at Foodshare's cavernous warehouse in Bloomfield are stacked high with boxes — but most of them are empty. Being frugal types, the folks at Foodshare are big on recycling, and when it comes to packing and shipping food, you apparently can't beat banana and tomato boxes.The problem for Foodshare President Gloria McAdam is filling those boxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2009
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Food Banks Struggle To Feed The Hungry As yet another sign of just how bad things are, for the first time ever Foodshare Inc., the Greater Hartford region's food bank, had to ration its holiday turkeys. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2008
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Food Insecurity: Where's Lunch Coming From? Anxiety about where the next meal is coming from is rising in America, and in Connecticut. A disturbing report released this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that "food insecurity" — worry about running out of it — had dramatically increased nationwide, from 36 million people in 2007 to 48 million in 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2009
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Food Stamp Project Teaches About Hunger The Food Stamp Project, renamed this year as SNAP Into Action Against Hunger, is a project in which participants who otherwise might not understand the burden of hunger agree to live on just $3 worth of food a day, or the amount a typical food stamp recipient receives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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Food Stamps Need Skyrockets In Connecticut Data released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the Great Recession has pushed tens of thousands of Connecticut families and individuals to rely into food stamp assistance. By 2009, 107,127 Connecticut households used food stamps — a 44 percent increase from just two years earlier. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2010
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Foodshare Gets More For Its Buck Than You Do Thirty dollars delivered directly to a food pantry — which buys in bulk and enjoys multiple relationships with food companies, restaurants and the like for donations — will feed a person for a month. A few years back, Foodshare started to introduce the idea of donating funds rather than food with their Turkey and a Twenty program. Turkey, says Santora, is one of those rare foods that the food pantries can't get cheaper than a regular consumer. But introducing the idea of including $20 in their donations has started the ball rolling toward switching more to funds, and less to food. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2009
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For Areas Top Officials, $300,000 Is High End The $300,000+ annual salary for the Community Renewal Team's CEO is 2.5 times larger than other non-profits in the state that are providing federal Head Start services to pre-school children, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services auditors. The U.S. Senate and the IRS are investigating the finances of non-profits across the country. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2005
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For More Hartford Students This Year, Getting To School Is A Good Walk Spoiled Hartford Public School officials estimate that making more students walk to school will save more than $4 million in the 2009-2010 school year. Walking distances are as follows: up to one-half mile for students in kindergarten through Grade 2; up to 1 mile for third- through fifth-graders; up to 1.5 miles for sixth- through eighth-graders; and up to 2 miles for high school students. All the distances follow state maximums, but the limit for kindergartners through second-graders is half the state's 1-mile limit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 01, 2009
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For Some, An Exercise In Hunger Goes On Forever In Hartford's Food Stamp Project, participants pledged to live on $4 a day, roughly the dollar equivalent in food stamps an individual gets these days. Partnering with Center City Churches, Donna Berman, executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, organized the project to show people what it's like to live in the land of plenty but still lack access to abundant, nutritious food. About 100 people signed up, some for a week, and some for the entire month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2007
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For Students Facing Long School Day, Supper Is Served A free meal at school for breakfast, lunch — and dinner? About 450 city students have been eating supper in school cafeterias as part of a government-funded meal program that may expand in Hartford and also to other Connecticut school systems this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 16, 2012
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For Students, A Dose Of Inspiration About 250 students and faculty members filed into the Fox Middle School auditorium recently to hear "The Three Doctors," a trio of school buddies who supported each other academically and in rejecting the lives of crime, drugs or prison that awaited many of their friends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2007
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For Youngest Students, a Hard Lesson During the 2003-04 school year, Hartford handed out 547 suspensions to students as young as pre-K. A growing group of Hartford residents are calling for an end to out-of-school suspensions for all grades. Hartford is experimenting with alternatives to suspensions, and a committee of teachers, students, parents and administrators has been meeting to develop a plan to reduce suspensions in all grades. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2005
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Forced Marriage Connecticut’s professional nonprofits, squeezed by falling donations at a time when demand for their services is rising, are feeling greater pressure to merge to survive. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 29, 2009
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Forgotten Victim Tylon Broughton was involved in a dispute over a stolen car with another teenager when he was stabbed outside of 48 Capen St. in Hartford's North End. Coming the night before the first 2005 homicide and a flurry of shootings, Tylon's stabbing received little publicity. The stabbing of Tylon - and the much higher-profile homicides of 14-year-old Reynaldo Batista and Lorenzo Morgan Rowe, a 15-year-old Weaver High School student, within 11 days have angered residents, who are clamoring for action by police and city officials. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2005
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Former Actress, Librarian Celebrates 90th Birthday By Mentoring Gertrude Blanks stands in front of a classroom of second-graders at Fox Elementary School and asks them to join her in a re-enactment of a children's story she created. Blanks is spending her 90th birthday with the students and teachers she inspires every week with her stories and wisdom. Her experience as an actress at Hartford Stage and 25 years of working at Hartford Public Library have combined to make her a master of storytelling. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2010
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Forum Addresses Children, Families A child welfare forum at Central Connecticut State University focused on ways current state and federal funding needs to be changed to better protect children and promote healthy families. Panelists demonstrated the importance of keeping families together, supporting children in foster care and continuing to support them once they are adopted or return home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2005
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Foster Care Population: Minority Kids In Majority Statewide, African American children make up nearly 36 percent of those in foster care, even though they make up only 11 percent of the state's overall child population. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2007
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Fostering Better Foster Care For nearly one third of the more than 5,000 children living in state foster care, the future is bleak. Their chances for adoption are slim. Their parents are long gone. No one is stepping forward to offer them a safe, permanent and loving home. Recently, at a foster care forum at the state Capitol, Connecticut child advocates, service providers and others recognized the urgent need to help these children and to reduce the overall number of children taken away from their families because of allegations of abuse or neglect. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2007
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Foundation Helps Children In Need, Keeps Woman's Memory Alive What began with a memorial cliff walk in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 15, 2002 — the day Andréa Rizzo would have turned 25 — has evolved into a multifaceted charity organization that honors the young woman's life and carries out her unfinished dreams. Rizzo, who survived childhood cancer and who loved dancing and teaching children with special needs, was killed by a drunken driver in May 2002. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2010
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Fourth-Grade Reading Results Take Downturn Connecticut's fourth-graders remain well above average on a national achievement test but can no longer claim to be the nation's best readers. While test scores across the United States improved since 2003, Connecticut lost ground in the proportion of fourth-graders deemed proficient in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2005
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From Drug Dealer to College Graduate Cesar Allende used to like selling drugs. Getting arrested and threatened with doing prison time didn’t stop him. What finally changed his life was a chance encounter at a gas station with Reverend Patrice Smith, a well-known anti-violence activist and a former candidate for mayor. Smith befriended Allende and numerous other youths seeking to break free from the violence and lawlessness on the streets of Hartford. As a result of turning his life around, he recently graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in psychology. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 22, 2010
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From Jail To Honor Roll, Hartford High Graduate Took Hard Road To College This is the success story of Domingo Galarza who was the top Hartford swimmer to qualify for the state Class L swimming championship at Wesleyan University in 2012. Galarza is headed to Johnson & Wales University in Providence this fall as one of about 550 students committed to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families who attend college with the state's financial support of more than $5 million a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2012
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From Trauma to Tragedy: Connecticut Girls in Adult Prison This briefing paper from the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate summarizes their analysis of services to girls by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the DCF treatment of those who are incarcerated at the York Correctional Institution. (PDF document, 33 pages) Published by Office of the Child Advocate, State of Connecticut ; Publication Date: July 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/From_Trauma_to_Tragedy.pdf

Frustrating Lessons Issues are many and solutions are few as administrators, teachers, parents and students face federally mandated restructuring at Milner School. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2005
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Funding for Hartford Youth Ages 14 - 24 A study commissioned by the City of Hartford and Capital Workforce Partners of the programs and funding for Hartford Youth, aged 14 to 24. (PDF file, 23 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: October 31, 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/Youth_Funding_Report.pdf

Gamble Proves Worth The Risk The Connecticut judicial branch received Special Olympics Connecticut's Community Leadership Award recently at the organization's annual event honoring volunteers. Over the past twelve years criminal offenders in alternative sentencing programs have served as volunteers for the Special Olympics. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 8, 2007
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Gang Memo Flap Shouldn't Obscure Prevention Grant Enid M. Rey, director of the Office for Youth Services in Hartford, writes that during the past few days, there have been questions raised about a $500,000 federal grant Hartford received to provide mentoring services to some of its most vulnerable youth. Because the application for the grant cited a June 4 police memorandum that used a broad definition of gangs to say the city has 4,000 street gang members, people are asking: Does Hartford have a huge gang problem? The answer is no. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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Gangs? What Gangs? Continued Helen Ubiñas comments about the gang situation in Hartford. Remember the sea of denial that ran from Hartford's city hall to police headquarters to the school district's central office when an internal police memo painted a disturbing picture of a city infested with gangs? How'd it go again? Oh yeah ... Gang problem? Police Chief Daryl Roberts wondered. What gang problem? Mayor Eddie Perez chimed in. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2009
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Gay Couples Demand Marriage Lawyers for eight same-sex couples seeking the right to marry filed their brief in the state Supreme Court recently, setting the stage for an epochal legal battle on whether Connecticut permits gay marriage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2006
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Generous To A Fault? Nonprofits Must Align Efforts In this editorial, Tom Condon expresses the opinion that Hartford nonprofits should come together with the community to establish goals, determine who would do what to meet them and set benchmarks. There are redundant efforts to solve Hartford’s problems that could be streamlined and brought into better focus Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2008
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Girl Scouts To Overhaul Image, Infrastructure Connecticut recently became a leader in the national campaign to breathe new life into the Girl Scouts of America as a new chief executive officer took over statewide operations just in time to steer the venerable, 97-year-old institution through a complicated transformation of both its infrastructure and its image. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2007
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Gold Quits CCMC Post Larry Gold, president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, resigned recently, sending another aftershock through an institution that has been rocked by allegations that management and procedural lapses have jeopardized patient safety. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2006
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Good Night Hartford For the second year in a row a small group of Hartford friends who share a birthday have celebrated by supporting "project night night,'' a children's charity dedicated to giving homeless kids some comfort. The project supplies kids with canvas tote bags -- each with a blanket, a book, and a stuffed animal -- the nighttime comforts of home for those without one. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2010
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Governor Rell Announces Funding for New YMCA on Albany Avenue in Hartford Governor M. Jodi Rell announced recently that $1 million to help build a new YMCA on Albany Avenue in North Hartford is expected to be approved by the State Bond Commission at its meeting on February 29, 2008. The new facility will be developed by the YMCA of Greater Hartford in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. and Community Health Services, Inc. on a parcel of land at 430 Albany Avenue, adjacent to the Community Health Services, Inc. building. The parcel was purchased for one dollar from the City of Hartford in December 2007. Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: February 27, 2008
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Grads Look Back, Ahead Northwest Catholic High School seniors danced, gave high-fives, yelled and stomped their feet recently in the basement of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, just before the start of their graduation ceremony. In a ceremony filled with prayers and song, 145 students from the private West Hartford school received their diplomas and heard speeches filled with high school memories and hopes for the future. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2006
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Grandfamily Open House on Clark St. The Hartford Grandfamily Housing Development, a new affordable housing option for seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren, held an open house for prospective tenants and interested social service providers on January 31, 2008. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
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Grandparents 'Unsung Heroes' There are more than 21,000 children being cared for by their grandparents in Connecticut because their parents are unwilling or unable to care for them, according to the latest census. That is more than six times the 3,300 children in foster care, which tends to get the bulk of public attention, advocates say. Recently, more than 200 grandparents attended a conference dealing with grandparents and kinship care in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2006
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Hartford Grandmother Talks About Her Challenges Nationwide, census figures say the number of grandparents raising grandchildren increased by more than 25 percent since 2001, and researchers say that while the economy flounders, that number will increase. In Connecticut, some 45,000 children under the age of 18 live in a home headed by a grandparent, based on sample data taken by the Census Bureau over a three-year period, 2007 to 2010. That's compared to some 33,000 in 2007. Louise Douglas, of Hartford, discusses her challenges in raising her grandchildren. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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Grants Target Hunger, Homelessness The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to help Greater Hartford nonprofit agencies combat hunger and homelessness. The grants more than double the amount made last winter to help nonprofits through the winter months when demand for the food and shelter they provide are at a peak. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 15, 2008
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Grievance Blocks After-School Snacks The Hartford school system has stopped providing snacks to hundreds of children in after-school programs because of a union grievance by food service workers who are demanding they be paid to distribute them. While union officials say they are simply asking the district to honor their contract, school officials say they cannot afford the additional labor costs and have stopped providing snacks to about 1,000 children in a variety of after-school programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2005
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Group Gives Parents Helping Hand African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, or AFCAMP, is a parent advocacy organization whose central mission is to educate, empower, and support parents of children with disabilities in the City of Hartford for the purpose of improving their children's education and quality of life. Financial support comes from city, state and federal funding and the Tow Foundation, the Connecticut Health Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Learn more in this October 11, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2004
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Group Plans Protest Of Library Budget Cuts An Asylum Hill neighborhood group demonstrated recently outside Mark Twain branch of the Hartford Public Library and planned a "read-in" to protest a budget-cutting proposal to shut it down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2008
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Group: Burden Not Extreme A group that advocates for more services for the disadvantaged says the conventional wisdom about how the state responded to its fiscal crisis is wrong, and Connecticut raised revenues more in previous recessions than in this one to close deficits. This deficit was larger, so the amount of taxes collected was larger, but as a proportion of the response, it was 37 percent, compared to 42 percent in 2002-2003 and 44 percent in 1989-1992, Connecticut Voices for Children's analysis found. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2012
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Groups Seek More Help For Hungry A Farm Bill forum was held recently in Hamden. It was organized by End Hunger Connecticut Inc. and the Connecticut Association for Human Services. The aim of the forum was to urge Congress to improve access to food stamp benefits when it writes a new farm bill this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2007
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Guardian Angels Are No Panacea In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that if the Guardian Angels come to Hartford, don't expect miracles. The unarmed crime patrollers may help here and there, but they aren't likely to resolve the deadly gunplay that plagues the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2009
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Guess What, Boss? Adult Ed Rocks Helen Ubiñas comments on the recent Hartford Adult Education graduation ceremony. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2006
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Gun Court: At Least It's A Start For a few days last week Rick Green listened to the tales of gunplay that unfold in Superior Court Judge Bradford J. Ward's courtroom. Governor R. Jodi Rell ordered creation of the "gun courts" earlier this summer, with seasoned judges and prosecutors assigned to a docket containing only gun crimes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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Hartford Area Food Stores Price Survey - May, 2004 Hartford's Newest Grocery Store Ranks Among the Least Expensive: Of the eight Hartford-based food stores surveyed in the May 23-24, 2004 price comparison conducted by the City of Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy, Shop Rite in Manchester rates as the store with the lowest overall prices. Closely following Shop Rite in terms of low prices is Megafoods, Hartford's newest full-size grocery store, located at 76 New Britain Avenue. Published by Hartford Food System ; Publication Date: June 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_06_2004.asp Related Link(s): November 2004Survey Results

Hartford Area Food Stores Price Survey - November 2004 A snapshot of food prices at eight mid-sized grocery stores and 1 large supermarket in the Hartford area. This price comparison survey of 29 selected items was conducted on November 21-22, 2004. Each item is listed along with its price at each store. The total cost of all items for each supermarket is then added. (PDF file - 2 pages) Published by Hartford Food Policy Commission ; Publication Date: November 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/food_survey_final.pdf Related Link(s): May 2004 Survey Results (PDF file - 2 pages)

Hartford Blueprint for Young Children: Delivering the Promise of Success (Full Project Report) On May 16, 2005, Mayor Eddie Perez unveiled a comprehensive five-year plan to enable Hartford's young children to achieve success in school and beyond. The plan was developed under the Mayor's direction by a team of early childhood professionals and community leaders. The plan outlines six goals and the steps necessary to achieve measurable outcomes for young children. Full project report (PDF file, 70 pages) Published by Mayor's Office, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: May 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/projectreportBlueprint.pdf Related Link(s): Executive Summary (12 pages, PDF file)

Hartford Brothers Fight To Stay Together Helen Ubiñas writes about a young man, whose mother recently died, who has a criminal record which might get him and his brothers kicked out of their home at a Hartford public housing apartment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2008
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Hartford Can't Grow Without Good Schools Improvements in the school system, perhaps regionalization of the schools, might be the key to Hartford's growth. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_082305.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut Center for School Change ; The Learning Communities Network

Hartford Children are Learning by Leaps and Bounds: Investment in Quality Child Care Pays Off This study of preschoolers who attended 14 child care programs in Hartford that receive funding and support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, shows that the children demonstrated significant improvement across five major developmental areas associated with school readiness. The study was commissioned as part of the Hartford Foundation's Brighter Futures Initiative, which works to improve the school readiness of Hartford's children. Published by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving ; Publication Date: October 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Education/wsd_10_2004.asp Related Link(s): Brighter Futures Initiative

Hartford City, School Officials Try To Answer Questions About Gangs In Schools On October 20, 2009, city and school officials at two separate venues continued to try to answer questions about a recent police department report that gang activity is on the rise in city schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2009
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Hartford Communities That Care® Youth Survey Report The Communities That Care® Youth Survey is designed to identify the levels of risk factors related to problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use -- and to identify the levels of protective factors that help guard against those behaviors. In addition to measuring risk and protective factors, the Communities That Care® Youth Survey also measures the actual prevalence of drug use, violence and other antisocial behaviors among surveyed students. The survey was sponsored by Eddie Perez, mayor of the city of Hartford; Purdue Pharma; Hartford Behavioral Health; City of Hartford Health and Human Services and Hartford Public Schools. The Channing Bete Company, Inc., prepared this report for HCTC. (PDF Document, 68 pages) Published by Channing Bete Company, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 2004
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/htfd_psd_04_ctcys.pdf Related Link(s): Hartford Communities That Care® Prevention Planning Project Web Site ; Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Council's Emergency Fund For Nonprofits Is Depleted If you and your nonprofit are looking for some emergency money from the Hartford city council, you're too late. Barely four months into the fiscal year, the council has allocated all of the $400,000 it reserves for "civic and cultural affairs" for everything from capital improvements for a local fraternity to basketball leagues, domestic violence programs and a jazz festival. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 29, 2008
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Hartford CRT Center Wins National Award In this article, Unit Manager Elizabeth Mosquera answers questions about the 'Engaging Diverse Families Award' granted to Community Renewal Team's (CRT) Locust St. Early Care and Education Program by the National Assoc. for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2010
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Hartford Development A Place For Grandparents Raising Children A new community has been built for grandparents raising children in a North End neighborhood bordered by Clark, Capen and Barbour streets. The development, called Generations, is a small piece of an answer to a growing issue in Hartford and other communities. The capital city has 2,157 children being raised in grandparent-headed households. Statewide, the number is 39,797, often because the children's parents are ill, dead, incarcerated, drug-addicted or troubled in some other way. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2008
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Hartford Dreamers Reunite Helen Ubiñas writes that sixteen years ago, she joined about 30 Hartford high-schoolers on a long bus ride to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. The students were among a group of 71 SAND Elementary School sixth-graders who years earlier were promised that if they finished high school, their college educations would be paid for. Many of them got together for a reunion recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2010
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Hartford Faces Daunting Child Obesity Problem Obesity is the global warming of public health policy. A recent study which found that 37 percent of Hartford preschoolers are overweight or obese, far exceeding national standards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2012
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Hartford Fact Sheet 2004, Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) Connecticut Violent Injury Statistics System (CVISS) is part of a national collaborative effort to gather information on violent deaths occurring in Connecticut. This fact sheet describes statistics on violent deaths in Hartford during 2004. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Children's Medical Center ; Publication Date: October 10, 2006
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Hartford Family Services Agency Mi Casa Managing To Survive Recently, things looked bleak for Mi Casa Family Service and Educational Center, the city organization that provides youth and family services primarily to Latino families. According to the city, the organization recently had enough money left for only three weeks of payroll, faced a possible $800,000 annual operating deficit and was working hard to get money from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. However, board Chairman Jose Martinez said Mi Casa is scraping by and dipping into its rainy day fund, but is not at risk of closing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2009
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Hartford Family Thankful For Generosity After Fire It was a struggle, but Pedro Alicea was making it. Working extra hours as a swing manager at McDonald's in Glastonbury, he was providing for his wife, Jacqueline Sierra, and their two sons and two daughters, ages 3 to 9. Jacqueline, 26, was going for her GED. Pedro would stay with the youngest, Gabriel, until Jacqueline came home from Hartford Adult Education, and then he'd go to work. A multiple alarm fire in the three-story, wood-frame tenement on the morning of Nov. 13 routed all three families in the Benton Street building. Pedro, Jacqueline and the kids, who lived on the first floor, lost everything they had. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 25, 2010
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Hartford Father Grieves Son's Death In Unsolved Shooting James Evans Sr. is grieving for his son, who was murdered in Hartford only 5 days after he was released from prison in February 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2009
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Hartford Homicide Victims Are Remembered During Good Friday March, Vigil When Pamela Joiner got to the corner of Main Street and Albany Avenue early on Good Friday, she looked among hundreds of crosses for three names: Jumar Joiner, Shawn Linton and Anthony Joiner. But the names of her son, his best friend and her brother weren't easy to find among the 294 crosses, each carrying the name of a victim killed in violent crime in the city since 2000. Pamela Joiner was one of more than 100 people who attended a prayer vigil and anti-violence rally Friday organized by Mothers United Against Violence Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2010
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Hartford Is Their Heaven The second annual "Skate Jam" in downtown Hartford has attracted riders from as far away as Florida, California - and even Germany and Spain - to test their moves on a patch of Hartford pavement known worldwide as "Heaven." Adjacent to the Hilton Hotel, Heaven is a city park atop an overpass on I-84. It has nearly the acreage of a football field. The uninitiated might see this concrete landscape more as Purgatory, with its challenging ledges, handrails, cement stairs, portable ramps and traffic cones - all to be leaped and curled around by agile, fearless apostles. But this is skateboarding's hot spot, known throughout the skating world, largely a secret here at home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2005
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Hartford Kids: Small World, Big Problem Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that more useful than a curfew or funding yet another neighborhood program where kids can play ball at their local rec center would be to rent a fleet of buses to get these kids out of here. Seriously, show them that there are more important things to belong to than some pathetic posse, more meaningful ways to make a mark on the world than to die young. Get these kids out of these 18 claustrophobic square miles, and let them see the world that could belong to them. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2008
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Hartford Little League Joins Major League Baseball Program One of the city's youth leagues is now affiliated with Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities program, a partnership that local officials hope will bring stability and resources to baseball in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2013
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Hartford Officer on Administrative Duty as Fatal Shooting is Probed Jashon Bryant, 18, was killed by a gun shot to the head on May 7th in Hartford's North End around 7:30 PM. As the investigation continues, Robert Lawlor, who fired his gun, has been placed on administrative duty. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2005
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Hartford on the Couch Trinity College is beginning a two-year study of the state of Hartford. The picture of a declining city at the moment is a discouraging one. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
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Hartford Parent Becomes A Big Volunteer At School It's 7:15 a.m. and Sylvia Garcia is starting the school bus. But she doesn't need keys for the ignition or gasoline in the tank, because this bus is foot-powered. Garcia operates what is called a "walking school bus" to and from McDonough Elementary School. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2009
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Hartford Parent University Set To Launch Saturday The Hartford Parent University will soon be in session. The parent-led group, founded by Milly Arciniegas, will offer free training this weekend to City mothers, fathers and guardians on how they can become leaders and advocates for their children in the public schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2012
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Hartford Parents Graduate From Empowerment Program Four Hartford parents graduated on May 6, 2008 from a parent empowerment training that stressed self-awareness, communication and effective problem solving. The ten-week course, underwritten by the Children’s Trust Fund of Connecticut, was offered to parents whose children are enrolled in CRT’s Early Care and Education Program. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 15, 2008
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Hartford Police Memo Cites Alarming Increase In Gang Recruitment In Schools The city is suffering from a "gang infestation," with more than 138 street gangs and 4,000 members, including 800 under age 17, according to an internal police memorandum obtained by The Courant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 16, 2009
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Hartford Police Unit's Goals: Reduce Domestic Violence, Keep Families Whole The Hartford Police Department has formed a new domestic violence unit that will begin training this week and should start work by early February 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2010
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Hartford Protesters Furious Over Closing Of Mark Twain Branch Library About 25 people, some from the Laurel Corner Neighborhood Association, gathered at the Mark Twain branch of the Hartford Public Library in Asylum Hill for a planned "read-in" demonstration. The Hartford Public Library also announced that it has cut 19 jobs and plans to eliminate 21 student assistant positions at the end of August 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2008
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Hartford School Superintendent Gave Parents A Show Of Arrogance, Disrespect Helen Ubiñas writes that if she hadn't witnessed Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski berating parents for having the nerve to press for a public discussion about gangs in city schools, she'd never have truly appreciated how deep his disrespect runs. She accuses him of denying, downplaying and ultimately dismissing parents’ concerns. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2009
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Hartford Schools' Uniforms Change, With Little Notice With schools across Hartford set to open, parents and students were buzzing about the district's uniform policy, which many say generated confusion because of changes announced on short notice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2008
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Hartford Schools, Police Sign Agreement To Curb Student Arrests Police Chief James Rovella and Superintendent Christina Kishimoto have signed a document that promises to reduce the number of city students who are arrested at school and cast into the court system for minor offenses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 02, 2012
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Hartford Seeks Grant For New North End Family Resource Center With a goal of educating parents on topics ranging from literacy to financial management, city leaders are looking to create a family resource office at the Parker Memorial Recreation Center, a North End facility otherwise dedicated to athletics and entertainment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2010
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Hartford Stage Announces Summer Theatre Workshops Hartford Stage recently announced that registration is underway for theatre’s popular Summer Theatre Workshops. The six five-day workshops and one two-week workshop target students in a variety of age groups and cover a range of practical theatre techniques. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 23 - 30, 2007
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Hartford Students Find Meaning In Repairing Bicycles In a profile of a neighborhood bike shop run by the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Rick Green writes that certainly bikes for city children can't replace learning to read, the chance to go to college or mothers and fathers with jobs. But a place with a purpose, a hopeful enclave on a street corner next to the Jamaican Fish Market, matters more than a little. It changes one's view of the possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2010
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Hartford Students Learn Nonviolent Responses To Conflict Twenty-eight children — many from Hartford — have completed a special nonviolence training program at Weaver High School's Culinary Arts Academy geared toward changing the way kids respond to conflict. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2012
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Hartford Superintendent Says Reports Of Gangs At School Inaccurate Superintendent Steven Adamowski, in an e-mail sent to school board members and other officials, said that reports of gang activity in the city schools are "inaccurate." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2009
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Hartford Youth Art Renaissance Excellence Award Winners If you missed the 37th annual Hartford Youth Art Renaissance (HYAR) exhibition in the Hartford Courant Room of the Wadsworth Atheneum and the 3rd floor of the Hartford Public Library, be sure to see it in 2011. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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Hartford Youth Art Renaissance Exhibition at the Wadsworth From 'Futuristic Cityscape' in pencil and pen, a few loose brush strokes to color 'Fish Medley,’ the 37th annual Hartford Youth Art Renaissance is an exhibition to see. Opening May 8th and running through June 6th, the exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art features artwork by pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2010
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Hartford Youth Football Group Upset Over Field, Stadium Fees The Hartford Hurricanes youth football group made a name for the city when its pee wee squad reached the Pop Warner national championships in Florida last December. But months after the city gave $20,000 to help fund the trip, coaches now contend that city officials are turning their back on the team and the poor condition of the Hurricanes' practice field at Keney Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2013
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Hartford Youth Learn Nonviolent Approaches To Conflict Twenty-five students recently participated in a three-week nonviolence training program at Weaver High School's Culinary Arts Academy that taught kids how to diffuse potentially violent situations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2012
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Hartford Youth Violence: A Failure Of Hope This op-ed discusses the role of hope and hopelessness in the spike in youth violence in Hartford recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2006
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Hartford Youth Wrestling Program Raises Self Esteem Beat the Streets, a non-profit after-school wrestling program in Hartford has been very popular in part because, as one coach says, wrestling is "a mechanism for discipline, passion and ambition." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2012
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Hartford's Better Story Recently the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Hartford chapter in the North End was host to President George W. Bush. He was there to honor the agency for contributing $25,000 to his malaria initiative, a program that provides netting to keep mosquitoes from biting African children at night. The national organization, which offers a safe place for children to spend time outside of home and school, was founded as the Dashaway Club in Hartford 148 years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2008
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Hartford's Curfew Fix Hartford officials responded to a weekend melee during which 11 people were shot with a 30-day curfew for people under the age of 18. Everyone agrees it's a short-term solution. So what comes next? Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 21, 2008
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Hartford-Based Drill Team to Perform in Vernon The 25-member Hartford drill team known as Another Bad Creation Drill Team and Drum Corps (ABCs for short) has danced in several drill competitions, often winning. Recently., Another Bad Creation hosts Drill-O-Rama, a drill dance competition at Ron-A-Roll in Vernon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2011
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Hartford’s Gun Violence Some of the essays that students at Fox Middle School wrote this past week about the recent spate of shootings in Hartford are reprinted here. During a five-day period, 16 people were shot in several neighborhoods in Hartford's North End. Two of them were Fox Middle School students, one of whom was killed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2006
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Having Girls In Prison Sparks New Attack On DCF Delinquent teenage girls are being confined in growing numbers at the state's York Correctional Institution for women in Niantic — stirring further criticism of child-welfare officials who already face a legislative investigative hearing to be held in September 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2008
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He Loves City, Warts And All Susan Campbell profiles Kenneth Thompson, whose Hartford basketball tournament, mentoring program, and the school backpack giveaway he organized, are part of a city's best defense against violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
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He Truly Connected Johnny Duke's life spanned 81 years of Hartford history, some of it now swept away by time and bulldozers - places like Russell and Kennedy streets in the North End, where he grew up in tenement housing, and the Bellevue Square housing project, where he started a basement boxing club that became a sanctuary for disadvantaged kids. But much of what Duke championed during his mythic life remains as solid as one of his sledgehammer punches, mourners recalled recently at a funeral service that represented a who's who of the city and its environs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2006
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Head Of Youth Program Rescinds Resignation Amid questions about Hartford's funding of his youth anti-violence program, Andrew Woods, executive Director of Hartford Communities that Care, abruptly resigned last week - then rescinded his resignation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 7, 2005
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Health Insurance in Connecticut - Summary of 2011 U.S. Census Current Population Survey Data The uninsured rate in Connecticut has held relatively steady over recent years, despite high unemployment and a struggling economy. Census data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) reveal that an estimated 8.6% of all Connecticut residents in 2011 were without health insurance for the entire previous year. (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 12, 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/h12censusinsurancerelfact.pdf

Healthcare Crisis According to the Working Families Party (WFP), which organized a recent protest, an estimated 34,000 Hartford residents currently lack healthcare or are under-insured. That is enough people to fill the Hartford Civic Center to capacity two times over Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 14, 2008
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Heat Out Of Reach For Many Low-income families in Connecticut continue to struggle to bridge the gap between what they can afford to pay for heating fuel and electricity and the actual costs. And according to a report released recently the forecast is a chilly one, prompting Patricia Wrice, executive director of Operation Fuel, to call for help from the legislature. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2006
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Heating Aid Tangled In Politics The Senate recently stripped half this winter's allocation from the heating aid fund as payback for the defeat of an oil drilling provision; then congressional budget hawks quietly trimmed 1 percent from what was left. That last change, which should give Connecticut $40.9 million to serve about 85,000 households this winter, was at least the ninth time this year Congress has tinkered with the funding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 28, 2005
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Heating Poor Homes Community activists anticipate record demand for home heating assistance. Across the state the number of people seeking services is up more than 44 percent, which is clearly a sign of the struggling economy. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 25, 2008
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Help for People in Need In this brochure, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, along with other Connecticut agencies and organizations, list a wide range of programs that may benefit your family. (PDF document 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Department of Social Services ; Publication Date: June 1, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/HelpforPeopleinNeed.pdf

Helping Teachers To Teach Rick Green writes that they're trying something radically different at a handful of Hartford schools: teaching the teachers about reading instruction. A small program funded by an $844,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving emphasizes an instruction model created by New Haven's Haskins Laboratories, a private institute that studies speech, language and reading. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 14, 2006
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High School Smoking Down Fewer Connecticut high school students are smoking these days, with the number using cigarettes dropping by about half over the past eight years, according to a state report released recently. The report also found that teenagers are less likely to drink alcohol or use inhalants to get high than they were in 1997, the last time the state completed a full-scale survey of youth risk behaviors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2006
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Highway's No Place For A Giant TV Sex Ad Robert Thorson, a professor at the University of Connecticut comments on the gigantic TV screen perched above the westbound exit of I-84 at Sisson Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2006
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Hip-Hop Shakespeare There isn't an Elizabethan costume in sight, and none of the actors is saying lines in iambic pentameter. But there is a lot of dancing and rapping. At first glance, it's hard to tell that these 18 kids are rehearsing Shakespeare. The Hartford Stage Young Company, sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's Neighborhood Studios, presented "Breakdancing Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors" at Hartford Stage recently, but with a twist. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 09, 2009
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Hit-And-Run Victim Is Center Of Relatives' Universe Angel Arce Torres, 78, struck by a hit-and-run driver as he crossed Park Street in May 2008 remains paralyzed from the neck down. His life, once brimming with things to do and places to go, is now contained within a small room in the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. The accident, captured on videotape, drew national attention. For a brief moment, the grainy image of Torres on the ground in full view of people who seemed — in this snippet of tape — indifferent to his plight became, in the eyes of many, the tragic embodiment of a city out of control. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2008
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Holding The Family Together Helen Ubiñas writes about Mattie Laird’s effort to keep her family together in her home on Garden Street in Hartford over the last 40 years. The changes on the street eventually crept their way into the house until what happened outside mirrored their family. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2009
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Homeless Veterans Owed A Debt Roughly a third of the homeless population are veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Susan Campbell expresses the opinion that Connecticut needs more funding for shelters, and transitional, supportive and affordable housing for veterans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2007
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Homeownership Experience of Low-Income and Minority Families In the interest of supporting the development of effective policies for promoting and supporting homeownership, as well as to address the concerns raised about those who fear there is too great an emphasis on promoting homeownership, the purpose of this report is to review and synthesize what is known about the homeownership experience of low-income and minority households to assess the extent to which homeownership is likely to benefit these groups. While there have been several recent reviews of the literature that have assessed the empirical evidence on the benefits of homeownership, this study is unique in an explicit focus on what is known about the homeownership experience of low-income and minority households. (PDF file, 159 pages) Published by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research ; Publication Date: February 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/homeownership/Homeownership_Low_Inc.pdf

Honoring Our Commitment: Building A Stronger Future for Connecticut's Children: 2013 Connecticut KIDS COUNT Data Book Since 2004, the number of children living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level in Connecticut has increased from 24% to 30%. This report provides data and policy information related to child health, education, and family economic well-being. (PDF document, 84 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/CAHS2013-KIDSCOUNT.pdf

Hope Is A Form Of Birth Control In Connecticut, communities with the highest number of births to teens are also the poorest. In Hartford, just under 19 percent of the city's live births are to teen mothers. Kids who believe they have a future are less likely to become teen parents. The most effective pregnancy-prevention programs teach children there's a big world out there with a place for them in it. Effective programs emphasize school performance, family life, career choices and sex education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070208.asp

Hope is a Uniformed Cop Flipping Burgers Community policing has proven successful, as the number of shootings in the North End has dropped by nearly 80 percent, according to a recent Hartford police report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_081405.asp

Hope VI: Where Do We Go From Here? The 1993 HOPE VI program targets some of the most beleaguered housing in this country with the goals of "improving the living environment for residents of severely distressed public housing" and "providing housing that will avoid or decrease the concentration of very poor families." The seven briefs below are based on Urban Institute research conducted in 2001 and again in 2003 and 2005, following HOPE VI residents at five sites to evaluate where they moved and how the program has affected their overall well-being. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point, although it was not included among the five sites in this study. Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp

HOPE VI’d and On the Move This brief evaluates how successful the HOPE VI program has been in achieving its ambitious objectives. Residents who have moved to the private market or to mixed-income developments reported substantial improvements in the quality of their housing and are living in neighborhoods that are considerably lower poverty. In contrast, those who remained in traditional public housing—either their original development or a different one—experienced virtually no improvement in housing quality over time. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 page) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope1

House Tackles Drug Law Disparities State representatives, in a 92-52 vote, approved an amendment to a 1987 law targeting the crack cocaine trade. The law currently states that an individual with either 28 grams of powder cocaine or 0.5 of a gram of crack cocaine can be convicted for intent to sell. The amendment would change the amounts to 28 grams for either powder or crack cocaine. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_051105_A.asp

Housing Assistance in Making Connections Neighborhoods This brief examines the scope and composition of housing assistance being provided through HUD programs to residents of the ten Making Connections neighborhoods. It also describes selected characteristics of the families that receive housing assistance and how their circumstances changed between surveys conducted in 2002/03 and 2005/06. At the latter date, the average share of eligible households that received assistance was 25 percent, the same as the national average, but there was considerable variation across sites: 46 percent of eligibles were assisted in Hartford and Louisville compared to only 13 percent or fewer in Des Moines, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: December 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_12_2008.asp

Housing Choice Vouchers: How HOPE VI Families Fared in the Private Market This brief describes what happened to families who used a voucher to relocate from their original HOPE VI developments to the private housing market. The success of the HOPE VI program partly depends on the success of relocation with a voucher. HOPE VI has made significant progress in reducing poverty concentrations among original residents who moved with vouchers. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope3

How Is the Economy Affecting Philanthropy in Our State? In late October, 2008, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy asked its members to complete a survey on the effects of the current economy on the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. This document summarizes regional funders’ views. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Connecticut Council for Philanthropy ; Publication Date: January 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/2008_Economic_Impact_Survey_Summary.pdf

How the Nonprofit Community Can Take the Lead in Addressing Basic Human Needs Video A video of the February 13, 2009 community program, How the Nonprofit Community Can Take the Lead in Addressing Basic Human Needs, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: February 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_02_13_2009.asp

How to Get Food in Connecticut Connecticut Association for Human Services provides a useful guide about Connecticut's food programs. Includes sections on Food Stamps, WIC (a program for kids, women and babies), and programs for people 60 or older or who have disabilities, describing who is eligible and how to apply. (PDF file, 30 pages). Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/HowtoGetFoodinCT.pdf

Hundreds Of Hartford Residents Turn Out Against Violence Bushnell Park was recently filled with people for a vigil that was part outdoor concert, part neighborhood rally, part solemn, part hope. "Hartford Cares," organized in the wake of high-profile violence of the past month, drew several hundred people to the sprawling lawn as musicians and dancers performed, speakers offered stories of lives transformed in Hartford, community groups solicited volunteers and more than a few visitors offered their own prescriptions for change. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_070108.asp

Hundreds Seek Help With Energy Bills Rising energy rates combined with recently delivered shut-off notices recently drove hundreds of people to a social services agency in Hartford where they met with utility representatives in hopes of getting assistance with past-due bills. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_042708.asp

Hunger in America 2010: National Report Prepared for Feeding America This report presents the result of a study conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers. It concludes that the Feeding America system served an estimated 37.0 million different people annually, an increase of 46% since 2005. (PDF document, 430 pages Published by Feeding America ; Publication Date: January 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/feeding_america.pdf

Hurting For Work: Recession Hits Middle Class Hard In Connecticut The country's middle class has been under strain for years, but in this recession, thousands of once-comfortable Connecticut families have fallen into poverty. As Labor Day arrives in a sluggish recovery, a new report shows that the heaviest job losses have been in the middle of the pay scale and that Connecticut has seen more long-term unemployment than elsewhere. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_090510.asp

HUSKY Program Extended Governor M. Jodi Rell has agreed to extend the HUSKY program, which was slated to end June 30th, for another two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2005
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I Am - Playing Steel Drums This series appears every other Monday in the Hartford Courant, and explores the life experiences of teenagers and young adults in their own words. Kalea Griffith, 23, of Hartford, is no stranger to the sound of steel drums. Her father, Kelvin Griffith, has made all the instruments for the Hartford Steel Symphony, an orchestra made up entirely of steel drums. He also arranges all of the group's music. Each drum — "pan" in steel-drum vernacular — has a name such as "tenor," "bass," "guitar" or "cello." Kalea plays pan and also is a member of the National Guard. We caught up with the Griffiths during a recent rehearsal at the Trinidad and Tobago American Society of Hartford Inc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_123107.asp

Immigration in Connecticut: A Growing Opportunity According to the United States Census Bureau’s newly released 2006 American Community Survey (ACS), about one out of every eight residents living in Connecticut was born outside the United States. This represents an increase in Connecticut’s immigrant population from one in nine residents at the time of the 2000 census and one in eleven at the time of the 1990 census. Many of Connecticut’s immigrants are the parents of children; these children represent an increasing proportion of Connecticut’s future workers and citizens. Importantly, many of these children are citizens, even if their parents are not. Policies aimed at non-citizens often have an impact on these children. (PDF document, 14 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: September 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Immigrants/econ_opportunity.pdf Related Link(s): Migration Policy Institute

Improving Access to Children’s Mental Health Care: Lessons from a Study of Eleven States A key piece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for the expansion of children's mental health coverage by strengthening state and local prevention, intervention, and treatment systems. This report identifies the systemic challenges to ensuring children's access to mental health care and points to encouraging examples of success from 11 states that can be used as a guide when implementing the ACA. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ; Publication Date: March 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/ChildrensMentalHealthCare.pdf

Improving Care for Children and Youth in Connecticut's Child Welfare System Children in the foster care system are among Connecticut’s most vulnerable young citizens. As of June 2012, roughly 4,400 Connecticut children and youth were in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and removed from their homes because they had been abused or neglected by their parents. Many other children and families are receiving services from DCF to avert out-of-home placements. While there have been a number of significant and encouraging improvements in Connecticut’s child welfare system Connecticut has much work to do to ensure that it meets its responsibilities to the children and youth in its care. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: August 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/CB12childwelfare.pdf

In A Too-Violent City, Fertile Ground For Hope The urban plot on the grounds of Hartford's Charter Oak Cultural Center has blossomed with the help, donations and expertise of Urban Oaks Organics Farms in New Britain, among others. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_081308.asp

In Fights Over School Services, DCF Children Getting Bigger Boost In an effort to ensure that the needy children under the care of DCF get what they deserve by law, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz has established the Connecticut Child Justice Foundation, a nonprofit group of lawyers working for free who will be available to defend the educational rights of DCF's 4,000 children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/educationfunding/htfd_courant_011313.asp

Increasing Prices Make It Tougher For Food Stamp Recipients To Get By As the economic downturn worsens and fuel prices continue to rise, thousands of Connecticut residents are swelling the food stamp rolls. And with the increase in the price of food outpacing increases in wages, and no boost in the federally funded program's payouts until October, it's getting tougher for food stamp households to get by. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070808.asp

Inmates' Forgotten Children Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the state should use the $600 million it now spends on Connecticut prisons and transform them into educational and counseling centers. The greatest predictor of whether a child will end up in prison is whether or not they've had a mother or father in prison. Society has to reduce recidivism, and also remind the heirs of inmates that a prison stint is not a birthright, or something in their DNA. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 05, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_120507.asp

Insight Into Medical Careers Nine Connecticut high school students are taking part in a three-week summer medical camp program at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford which allows students to observe doctors, nurses, physician assistants and other health care professionals as they make their daily rounds, interact with patients and carry out the responsibilities of their jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071706.asp

Institute Of Living Plans New Unit In response to an ongoing statewide shortage of emergency psychiatric treatment beds for children and adolescents, Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living is opening a new six-bed crisis unit for children later this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_072107.asp

Internet Safety Is Goal Of Bill Popular Internet social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook would have to verify users' ages and get parental permission before minors could post profiles under a proposed law pending in the General Assembly. Connecticut would become a national leader in protecting minors on the Internet if it adopts the tighter age restrictions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_030907.asp

Interval House: A Home Away From An Abusive Home Susan Campbell writes about Interval House, the Hartford area's domestic violence shelter. Women (and often their children) come here to escape slaps, kicks, shoves and name-calling. They vow never again to be a victim, and they come here in the middle of the night, the afternoon, on weekends. They bring belongings stuffed in trash bags, suitcases — or they flee their homes so quickly they come empty-handed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_102509.asp

Interview with the Chief Until recently, Daryl Roberts was planning to retire from the Hartford Police Department at the end of this summer and assume a top-level security position at the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). And then he was asked to take over as Hartford’s top cop upon the retirement of Chief Patrick Harnett. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_news_071206.asp

Into School, Out Of Control More and more, school officials say they are encountering students in the earliest grades, including kindergarten, whose behavior poses a threat to both themselves and the children around them. The problem has become so serious that New Britain recently created special classrooms for young students with unmanageable behavior issues. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_040207.asp

Investigation Report: Hartford Transitional Learning Academy: A School in Need of Transition The investigation that generated this report began as an inquiry into allegations of abuse, neglect and other violations of student rights within the Washington Street campus of the Hartford Transitional Learning Academy (HTLA). Completion of the investigation was delayed by many months as the authority of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPA) to access parent and guardian contact information, and to visit the school while students were present, was litigated in Federal District Court. After the OPA’s authority had been established by the Court’s order, it was learned that the “hands on” disciplinary practices that had led to most of the original allegations of abuse had been administratively discontinued. It also became apparent that HTLA’s administrators were attempting to pursue a plan to transfer many of the school’s students, teachers and other resources back into neighborhood schools. This investigation’s findings support this plan, and the report concludes by recommending that HTLA’s middle school and high school programs ultimately be phased out. Published by Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, State of Connecticut ; Publication Date: November 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/htla_invest_report.pdf

Investing in the Early Years: A Great Return for Kids and for Connecticut Investing in the first five years of children’s lives benefits the children, their parents, and society at large. High quality caring and learning environments in the early years – starting at birth – are necessary if children are to be ready to enter school at age five. Affordable early care and education allows parents to participate in the workforce, and sets the stage for the next generation of workers to be productive members of society. (PDF document, 2 pages Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: August 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/CB12investearlycare.pdf

Is It Time For A Welfare COLA? Community advocates in Hartford are urging lawmakers to pass a bill this year that would give families receiving financial assistance from the state a cost-of-living adjustment. Advocates from Hartford Organizing for Power & Equality (HOPE) and Single Mothers on the Move say legislators last authorized a cost-of-living adjustment for welfare recipients in 1991. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_030907_a.asp

It Still Takes A Village This editorial expresses the opinion that when a teenager is out at 1:30 a.m. with a gun, that is a sign of minimal parental influence. The community has to respond at the first sign of such neglect, because by the time the kid is on the street with a gun, it's often too late. A team or case management approach for the children who need it, coordinated by school officials, would be a way to do it. It would build on an existing partnership between police and the board of education, which has succeeded in keeping violence out of the schools. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_060206.asp

It's Camp Courant's Season For 113 years, Camp Courant has been giving Hartford kids a respite from the city, making it the nation's oldest free day camp. This year it will offer water activities, games, sports and an array of classes and instruction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_062707.asp

It's Class And It's Not In A Tent About 30 kindergarten through seventh grade Somali-Bantu refugees are attending the Hartford Public School Summer New Arrivals Program, learning reading, writing and basic math skills. The children in the program came from a place where they would be going to school in a tent one day, and running for their lives the next. One of the challenges the children face when they get here is learning that they're at school now - they're not allowed to go tearing down the hallway as they might have back home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Immigrants/htfd_courant_072706.asp

It's Sweet Success For Nearly 400 Capital Grads The three Dodo sisters who moved from Niger a few years ago not speaking a word of English exemplified the perseverance that characterized Capital Community College's graduating class at the recent graduation at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_060107.asp

It's Time For Men To Mentor Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that in Hartford, there's a dire need for more men to MEN-tor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_081608_1.asp

Its Job Done, Connecticut Gay-Rights Group Disbands After working for a decade to change public policy and opinion regarding same-sex couples, the state's most prominent gay-rights group is calling it quits. And that, say its supporters, is a good thing. Love Makes a Family will dissolve at the end of 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_040209.asp

Jailhouse Blues Visiting a loved one in jail is traumatic enough without having to pass through a hellhole on your way in. At the Hartford Correctional Center on Weston Street, recent renovations forced the relocation of the visitors' entrance from the front of the building to the back, where it was replaced by a ghastly mess. Although the state Department of Corrections embarked on the $27 million renovation in March 2002, this jury-rigged entrance remains visitors' only access. To be fair, much of the construction, including a new gym, kitchen and visitors' lobby, will benefit the prisoners. But for now, it's wreaking havoc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_092406.asp

John Edwards Brings Anti-Poverty Campaign To Hartford But John Edwards still is campaigning, five months after ending his run for president. Edwards brought his new anti-poverty campaign to a Hartford public housing project recently, where residents say they have struggled for attention at the state Capitol. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_071108.asp

Journey Home: Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in the Capitol Region, Implementation Plan During the past year more than 4,000 people spent from a night or two to the whole year in an emergency shelter and nearly twice this number were turned away because there was not enough room for them. To address this need, Mayor Eddie A. Perez has led the region in developing a 10-year plan to end homelessness. The primary focus of this implementation plan includes reducing the frequency and duration of homelessness and moving more homeless into stable, permanent housing. (PDF document, 80 pages) Published by Hartford Commission to End Homelessness, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: October 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Homelessness/Hartford_Commission_to_End_Homelessness.pdf

Juneteenth Celebration The 15th annual Juneteenth Family Day was held at the Wadsworth Atheneum recently. The three day Juneteenth celebration, is named after the day that the last slaves in the United States were officially freed in Galveston, Texas. The exhibits and activities at Juneteenth Family Day were specifically geared towards children. Collages, jewelry-making, face-painting and refreshments were among the stations set up throughout the Atheneum. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_news_062106.asp

Jury Selection Set For Wednesday In Lawlor Police Shooting Case Jury selection began recently in the trial of a former Hartford police detective accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Jashon Bryant and wounding another person while working with federal authorities on an anti-gun task force in May 2005. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_102709.asp

Justice For Troubled Teens This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that children with behavioral issues need treatment, not punishment. So it is a huge relief that the state Senate approved a bill ensuring that 16- and 17-year-olds who get in trouble with the law land in juvenile court rather than adult prison. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_053107.asp

Justin: Filling In The Blanks Talk to those who knew Justin Parent, and the same words come up again and again: Outgoing. Driven. Funny. He was the class clown who seemed to own a spot on the honor roll at Glastonbury High School, a pre-med student at Penn State who could lighten a room with an almost defiant ability to make people laugh. Not the kind of kid who dies of a heroin overdose two months before his 20th birthday. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/drugs/htfd_courant_121607.asp

Juvenile Justice Advocates At the State Capitol Coming this summer, most 17-year-olds charged with crimes will go from being treated like adults to being treated in the juvenile justice system. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 23, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/jcohen_032312.asp

Juvenile Justice Reform In Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth Perhaps more than any other state, Connecticut has absorbed the growing body of knowledge about youth development, adolescent brain research and delinquency, adopted its lessons, and used the information to fundamentally re-invent its approach to juvenile justice. As a result, Connecticut’s system today is far and away more successful, more humane, and more cost-effective than it was 10 or 20 years ago. (PDF document, 55 pages) Published by Justice Policy Institute ; Publication Date: January 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/jpi_juvenile_justice_reform_in_ct.pdf

Juvenile Justice: They're Just Kids Teenagers under age 18 who are charged with misdemeanors can no longer be tried as adults in Connecticut. As of July 1, 2012, those under 18 charged with non-felonies are being handled by Connecticut’s juvenile courts. Class A and B felonies are still automatically handled in the adult courts regardless of the defendant’s age, but those under 18 who are charged with Class C and D felonies will get a hearing, after which the case could be sent to either the adult or juvenile court system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_071812.asp

Juvenile Records Access Resisted Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal to allow the state Board of Pardons and Paroles access to sealed juvenile offender records is meeting resistance from youth advocates who are urging state lawmakers not to act hastily. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_012008.asp

Juvenile School Would Grow Nearly three years after pledging to close the troubled Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys in Middletown, Gov. M. Jodi Rell is not only keeping the high-security facility open, but is more than doubling the number of children there. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_021008_1.asp

Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System: Raise the Age? Audio A audio recording of the April 16, 2007 community program, Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System: Raise the Age?, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: April 16, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_04_16_2007.asp

Keep Libraries Open The Hartford Public Library this week is closing two branches, one in Blue Hills and the other in Asylum Hill, and laying off 40 full- and part-time employees to help close an $875,000 budget deficit. In addition, some services for children, adults and immigrants are being cut. In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the mayor and council should go back and find the money. The $8.2 million library budget is less than 1.5 percent of the city budget. Would that more of the budget were so well spent. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_070108.asp

Keeping An Eye On Gang Signs About 400 officials and community members from around the state gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center recently for a gang-prevention summit. About half of the participants represented Hartford agencies, schools and community groups. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_093006.asp

Keeping Children on the Path to School Success: How is Connecticut Doing? How are young children (birth to age 5) progressing toward success in school? It is a question that is piquing the interest of parents as well as policy makers and business leaders across the country because of the strong association between school success and lifetime achievement. By highlighting trends and key findings at the state and local level in five critical areas affecting child development, this publication helps reveal how Connecticut's young children are faring and where action is needed to promote better outcomes. (PDF document - 100 Pages) Published by Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and the Department of Social Services ; Publication Date: September 2004
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/wsd_09_2004.asp Related Link(s): 2004 Connecticut Kids Count Data Book: Family Economic Security: Investing in Families . . .

Keeping Teenagers Alive The Governor's Teen Driving Task Force was formed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in November 2007 in the aftermath of seven teenage deaths in car crashes over a four-month span last year. The group includes parents, police, and representatives from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the insurance industry and others. The panel plans to make final recommendations to the governor in early May 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022108.asp

Kicked Out Before Kindergarten According to the study conducted by Yale University, "Pre-kindergartners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates in State Pre-kindergarten Systems,” Connecticut ranks 7th among 40 other states with state-funded pre-kindergarten programs for the highest rate of expulsions, with 12.3 students expelled per 1,000. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_051705_a.asp Related Link(s): Prekindergarteners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates in State Prekindergarten Systems (PDF file)

Kids Count Data Center The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT online database has a whole new look and feel. Now featuring child well-being measures for the 50 largest U.S. cities, this powerful tool also contains more than 100 indicators, including the most recent data available on education, employment and income, poverty, health, and youth risk factors for the United States as a whole, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You may create your own maps, charts and graphs by topic or geographic area. Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/KidsCount.asp

Kids Count Data Center: State Profiles of Child Well-being This 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state information and statistical trends on the conditions of America’s children and families. New this year is information on child well-being in Puerto Rico. This year’s essay examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count ; Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/KidsCount.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut Kids Count Report

Kids Count Data Snapshot: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States Although we still lead the industrialized world in the rate at which we lock up young people, the youth confinement rate in the United States is rapidly declining. In 2010 this rate reached a new 35-year low, with almost every state confining a smaller share of its youth population than a decade earlier. This decline has not led to a surge in juvenile crime. This report highlights this positive trend and provide recommendations that can encourage its continuation. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: February 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/DataSnapshotYouthIncarceration.pdf

Kids Get a Dose of College Life More than 500 students from Dwight Elementary School in Hartford's South End and several parents participated in the second annual whole-school college visit to Central Connecticut State University. The trip was sponsored by the nonprofit Foundation for Excellent Schools. The foundation pairs schools in low-income communities across the country with nearby colleges and universities to help students begin their college preparation at an early age. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_043005.asp

Kids Ready for Jobs Capital Workforce Partners, having a received a large number of applicants for summer jobs, needs a larger budget in order to employ youths – Hartford's future workforce. Providing jobs for these youths would not only benefit the city's economy, but also reduce violence and crime. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_052205.asp

Kids' Futures Will Demand They Choose This summer, 20 youngsters from the Nelton Court housing project and the new Stowe Village complex are taking part in the "Youth Investment Club," a pilot program run by the Hartford Housing Authority and designed by Executive Director Lance Gordon. The kids attend workshops on leadership, character and money management twice a week at UHart. They visited the Legislative Office Building. Other trips planned include a golf outing, a day with animator Joe Young, bowling, ice skating, a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Pequot Museum. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071906.asp

Kids' Mental Health Care Imperiled If parents are lucky enough to find a child psychiatrist in Connecticut for their children, they are likely to find that half no longer take private insurance. Many of those who accept private insurance say restrictions also often force them to prescribe drugs rather than engage in talk therapy, according to a survey of child and adolescent psychiatrists released. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_041307.asp

Knox Parks Foundation: Garden Giants Knox Parks Foundation has been building a quiet legacy, beginning in 1966 as a trust by Betty Knox to fund improvements to the city. Not so much a familiar face of Hartford, theirs are the recognizable green thumbs whose imprints you see every day in every pocket of the city. Knox Parks' mission is to mobilize Hartford into beautifying itself, by banding together communities that can heal their urban scars by building community gardens, planting trees, cleaning graffiti and lining neighborhoods with flowering pots. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_012408.asp

Kordell Hinds is 'Youth of the Year' The Boys and Girls Club of Hartford selects Kordell Hinds for the "Youth of the Year" award. Kordell is described as a terrific young man, bright and gracious. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 28, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_032805.asp

Lack Of Financing Shuts Brazilian Cultural Center What began as a dream of helping fellow Brazilians has ended in disappointment for Hartford resident Esther Sanchez-Naek. In September 2004, the Brazilian native opened the Shaheen Brazilian Cultural Center at 1915 Park St., where she and volunteers offered lessons in Portuguese, English and computer use. But on Jan. 16, she closed the center, blaming a lack of money. Sanchez-Naek said she received monetary support from local churches, but not enough to keep things going. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_012406.asp

Landscape Report on Hartford Youth The Landscape Report uses data on selected topics as indicators to paint a broad portrait of the status of nine-to-24-year-old young people living in Hartford. (PDF document, 16 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office for Youth Services ; Publication Date: March 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/HOYSLandscapeRptV1.pdf

Larson Announces $691,000 in Federal Funding for Our Piece of the Pie On February 25, 2008, Congressman John B. Larson presented Hartford’s Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) with a check for $691,000 in federal funding to support their youth services programs. The money will go directly to OPP two programs. The first is an employment enrichment program that helps out of school youth become productive members of the community. The second provides aid and social services to grandparents who are raising their own grandchildren. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 28, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_news_022808.asp

Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund: An Uneven Split The appeal arrives on the personalized stationery of Mrs. Stephanie Lawlor, an emotional plea for contributions to a legal defense fund for her husband, former Hartford cop Robert Lawlor, who was indicted on "trumped-up charges" in the 2005 shooting death of 18-year-old Jashon Bryant. Lawlor's request has landed in mailboxes all over the country. And it is a fund drive that works.The nonprofit behind the note, the Virginia-based Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, has already sent $45,000 to Lawlor and his attorney, with thousands more expected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_112308.asp

Lawmakers Debate Plan To Restrict Home-Heating Aid With federal money being slashed deeply by President Obama, state legislators Tuesday debated the merits of a plan by the Malloy administration to distribute the federal money only to residents who use oil to heat their homes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_092711.asp

Lawmakers Promote Plan To Reduce Youth Violence U.S. Rep. John Larson of Connecticut and U.S. Rep. Robert Scott of Virginia recently came to Weaver High School to discuss federal legislation that would, if passed, put $2.9 billion each year into the hands of local organizations that work to understand and prevent youth violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_052908.asp

Lawyer: Shooting Justified The lawyer for Hartford police Officer Robert Lawlor has written a scathing rebuttal to a report released last month that concluded Lawlor was not justified in shooting and killing a teenager last year and should face criminal charges in the incident. Lawlor's attorney, Michael Georgetti, wrote the rebuttal in response to a report prepared by Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly, who oversaw a grand jury investigation into the May 7, 2005, shooting in the city's North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_060306.asp

Lead Poison: City at Risk Hartford's lead poison prevention program is in disarray. Federal funding is being lost, and children are being poisoned. Ramon Rojano, the city's health and human services director, is working to improve conditions. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_102704.asp

Learn About Hunger To raise both consciousness and donations, Charter Oak Cultural Center and Center City Churches are challenging individuals or families to live on a food stamp budget for either a week or a month during March 2007. Participants must agree to buy and eat only what food stamps will provide, and not accept food at social gatherings or eat what's already in the house. Participants can, however, visit soup kitchens or food pantries. In other words, they will eat as many in Hartford do, hand to mouth. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_011807.asp

Learning To Be A Lady The high tea had all the fixings: biscotti, mini cucumber sandwiches, croissants, delicate cookies and, of course, tea. What was unusual were the hosts - the contestants in the Miss Hartford High Pageant. The pageant isn't until the spring, but throughout the school year the 11 contestants are learning the behavior and etiquette that transforms a girl into a young lady. Mastering the poise to carry themselves at a tea party is a primary goal of the program run by Catholic Charities with a 21st Century state grant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_021907.asp

Leaving N.Y. for Hartford The writer expresses her reasons for returning to Hartford. Without hesitation and definitely without apology, she says she moved here: "Because I love Hartford and it's a great city." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_081308_1.asp

Left Outdoors, School Activists Invited In Through a misunderstanding, members of the newly formed Milner Elementary School Community Board were under the impression that school officials had banned the group from meeting in the parents' lounge, and so met outside the school. The schoolyard meetings were quickly consigned to history. The activists will be meeting inside the building on Tuesday mornings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 14, 2005
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Legislative Action: What Does It Mean To Me? This article is a summary of what various pieces of legislation before the Connecticut General Assembly mean to the average citizen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2008
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Legislative Task Force Listens To Emotional Testimony On Fatherlessness A recent hearing was convened by the legislature's Task Force on Fatherhood. The panel was created earlier this year to address the impact of fatherlessness, and the ways public policy might encourage it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2008
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Let's Give A Hand To Grandparents Raising Kids Robert K. Killian Jr., a family court judge, argues for more support for grandparents who care for grandchildren. The majority of child protective custody cases are placements with relatives, most often with grandparents. More than 20,000 kids are the court-appointed wards of their grandparents, their parents having been removed by a court. If only 8 percent of the grandparents caring for grandkids were unable to do so, the number of children in foster care could more than double. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_091006.asp

Let's Try To Turn Hartford Around Tom Condon proposes a variety of projects to help turn Hartford around, from funding a teen pregnancy prevention program to summer youth recreational programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2008
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Liberians: An Introduction to Their History and Culture This profile provides general information about Liberians - their history, culture, language, and resettlement experiences. The profile is intended primarily for service providers who will be assisting the refugees in their new communities in the U.S. The number of Liberian refugees in Hartford is increasing. Published by The Center for Applied Linguistics ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/immigrants/liberians.pdf

Life After High School An in-depth study based on a national random sample telephone survey of young adults, along with focus groups. The study sample includes those who have degrees, those who have graduated from vocational and technical schools, those who never went on to higher education or who dropped out, those who are full-time students, and those who are working. The survey demonstrates that regardless of race or ethnic background, financial or educational attainment, most young Americans believe that continuing to study after high school is an advantageous step. (PDF file - 50 pages) Published by Public Agenda ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Education/wsd_2005.asp

Life at Dutch Point Slowly Fades Away Hartford's largest-scale public housing project is being demolished to make way for modern apartments and townhouses. Dutch Point, like public housing across the country, was built on the theory that the poor could live happily and safely in high-density complexes. Now, the thinking is that dispersing low-income people to scattered neighborhoods and smaller projects is a better idea. Demolition forces the relocation of 186 families at government expense. Dutch Point sits on the southern edge of downtown Hartford in the Sheldon Charter Oak neighborhood (CSS CON NRZ) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 26, 2004
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Life Terms For Juveniles: Change Is On The Way With several inmates in Connecticut serving more than 60 years for crimes committed as children, the question facing legislators is not whether they will change state laws in reaction to a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring mandatory life sentences for juveniles, but how far the change will go. Published by CT Mirror ; Publication Date: March 12, 2013
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Liquid Temptation The police have responded to pool hoppers or complaints about the fences they've broken at Pope Park's pool at least 150 times in the past six years. Neighbors sit on their steps and watch the kids, dozens of them, cut the fence, swim in the pool, run from police and return to the water when they leave. Last week, a committee of the city council approved new metal fencing at Pope and Goodwin parks - the kind that has secured the pools at Colt and Keney parks for a couple of years. The city is also exploring further safeguards - including security cameras and retractable pool covers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Little Green Giants For a dozen summer campers at the Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club, the treasures at the Huntington Street community garden are the organic vegetables and herbs that they planted in late June. Families are invited to harvest the rest of the bounty when the seven-week program is over, said Sandy Fromson, a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. The organization plans to continue the program for future summers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 31, 2013
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Live Long, And Prove Your Worth Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that we have to stop making excuses for the young people in Hartford. It's undeniable they face poverty, hopelessness and other hardships each day, but we have to stop explaining away their self-destruction, their recklessness, their unwillingness to make the hard decisions. We have to hold them accountable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2006
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Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and America’s Families This report finds that large segments of the US population live on incomes that fail to provide even basic economic security. (PDF document, 15 pages) Published by Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) ; Publication Date: December 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/Living_Below_the_Line.pdf

Long Wait Remains Of 47,683 Connecticut families and individuals who applied, 12,000 were picked in a computerized lottery this summer to get housing vouchers through the federal Section 8 housing program and the state's Rental Assistance Program. But the winners, chosen at random and desperate for rental assistance, won't receive a coveted voucher that pays part of their rent in private housing any time soon. They have merely won placement on a waiting list. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_102107.asp

Longtime Hartford Educator Vernal Davis Dies At 74 Vernal Paul Davis, a longtime educator in Hartford who devoted his life to helping children, died Sunday, January 25, 2009. He was 74. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 30, 2009
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Looking For A Little Help From Those Who Can Provide It Helen Ubinas writes that she wasn't thinking nearly big enough the other day when she suggested that politicians should venture out of the Capitol to get a taste of the real world behind all that legislation they're too quick to put on the back burner. After dropping by a utility clinic recently where people waited for help to keep their power on, she realized what she should have proposed was a full-on bus tour. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2010
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Looking Out For Inmates' Children Representatives from an array of state agencies met at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford recently for a summit to hash out a plan to create a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents. In Hartford alone, an estimated 4,500 to 6,000 children - about one in every six children in the city - have at least one parent in a state prison. The very fact that no hard numbers exist and that the state is left to extrapolate estimates from national trends illustrates the need for local attention. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 16, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/PrisonerRe-entry/htfd_courant_111606.asp

Low-Income Children in the United States: National and State Trend Data 1994 - 2004 After nearly a decade of decline, the number of children living in low-income families has been steadily increasing, a pattern that began in 2000. The data book available at this website provides national and 50-state trend data on the characteristics of low-income children over the past decade: parental education, parental employment, marital status, family structure, race and ethnicity, age distribution, parental nativity, home ownership, residential mobility, type of residential area, and region of residence. Published by National Center for Children in Poverty
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/low_income_children.asp

Low-Income Working Families: The Growing Economic Gap The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey, provides a snapshot of low-income working families in America and highlights the growing economic divide between working families at the top and bottom of the economic ladder. (PDF document, 9 pages) Published by The Working Poor Families Project ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/Winter-2012_2013-WPFP-Data-Brief.pdf

Lowest-Paid Falling Behind Although Connecticut has regained the jobs it lost in the last recession, the state's low-wage workers have not shared in its renewed economic growth, according to the 2007 annual Labor Day report issued by Connecticut Voices for Children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 02, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_090207.asp

Magnets Can Attract Achievers Magnet schools in Hartford might have what it takes to send more youth on to college, and improve Hartford's image at the same time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_083105.asp

Making Connections in Hartford: A Pathway to Better Results A summary of the Making Connections Hartford project. At its core Making Connections is a community-led change process. It relies on the active engagement of stakeholders from all sectors of Hartford to exert their will to influence the policies, programs, practices, and investments that will improve the well being of vulnerable families and distressed neighborhoods in sizeable, measurable and sustainable ways. The focus is on the Frog Hollow and Upper Albany neighborhoods, and on improving the lives of working families there. In particular, early childhood education, family economic security are the two areas in which the organization is working. (PDF file, 8 pages) Published by Making Connections Hartford ; Publication Date: December 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/MCHpathways.pdf

Malloy Proposes Plan To Balance State Budget Gov. Dannel P. Malloy handed the General Assembly a strategy to reduce the state budget deficit by $243 million recently, slicing deeper into programs that serve children and the needy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2012
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Mandatory Sex Ed Would Help Keep Teens Safe In this opinion piece, the author suggests that with more than one-third of all sexually active state teenagers not using condoms during sex, we need to mandate sexual education in public high schools and teach students about safe sex; this will arm them with the information and knowledge to make healthy sexual decisions. Connecticut does not require public high schools to offer sexual education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_111908.asp

Many Released Juveniles Return About a third of the boys who left the state's juvenile correctional center in Middletown wound up back at the facility or in adult prisons in a matter of months, according to a recent review. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and state Child Advocate Jeanne Milstein say the revolving-door problem shows that the Connecticut Juvenile Training School continues to fail its mission, and they are demanding answers from the state Department of Children and Families, which oversees the school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_061806.asp

Mayhem-First Mindset On Street A Perplexing Problem Stan Simpson discusses the youths mindset for mayhem that presents the families, the public, police, and elected officials with a perplexing problem of finding a solution. Mindless shootings over even the mildest of confrontations or perceived slights aren't just isolated in Connecticut. The solution may be spiritual. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_021506_a.asp

Mayor Plans Agency for Children Mayor Eddie A. Perez announced May 16th his vision to improve the health and education facilities for children up to age 8 in Hartford, describing it as a “new city agency.” Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
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Mayors Address Illegal Guns Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino opened an all-day summit in New York City recently, attended by Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez and 12 other mayors aimed at coordinating their efforts on curbing crime committed with illegal guns. The mayors - from cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, Milwaukee and Seattle - gathered at the official mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, to exchange ideas, consult experts and develop law enforcement cooperation among their cities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2006
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Meeting the Challenge: The Dynamics of Poverty in Connecticut This report aims to describe, statistically and anecdotally, and in narrative and graphic form, just how deep and wide the conditions of poverty are that existed in Connecticut in from 1990 to 2010. (PDF document, 52 pages) Published by Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Region/CT_Poverty_Report.pdf

Memorial Held For Hartford Teen Stabbed To Death Lewis Dickerson, who would have turned 19 in December, fell victim to the violence that his friends said he was trying to escape. Three males lying in wait attacked him while he took a break from class outside the Urban League building, just a block from St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_112208.asp

Men Announce Domestic Violence Initiative Some 30 prominent men from businesses, television news, law enforcement and several other agencies in Connecticut gathered at the Legislative Office Building recently to announce a new initiative in the battle against domestic violence. The men pledged to help Interval House, a nonprofit, domestic violence intervention and prevention program, combat the crime by raising money and helping to educate children and families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_092309_1.asp

Mentors Needed for Leading Roles in City Kids' Lives Several mentoring programs work to improving the chances for a successful life for young urban men, and everyone agrees that they need more mentors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_030505.asp Related Link(s): Raising Boys to Men Takes Dads Too

Merva Jackson: An Advocate For African Caribbean Community And The Disabled A college internship led Merva Jackson to her real calling: helping parents of children with disabilities learn how to get appropriate help. In 1999, the Hartford resident created African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), which, by offering parents training in advocacy, networking and lobbying, has helped thousands of children obtain the special-education services they need. Jackson, 51, died on April 4, 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_052912.asp

Middle School Put On Lockdown After Melee Growing tensions between rival groups triggered by a fight in Keney Park had a ripple effect at Fox Middle School in Hartford recently, as about two dozen students got into a series of fights that stopped traffic on Albany and Blue Hills avenues. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_030906.asp

Military Says Harsh Economy And Patriotism Drive Recruiting Success The four main branches of the military are meeting or exceeding their active-duty recruiting goals in Connecticut and the rest of the nation. The sturdy numbers are being driven, in part, by the tough economy, but also by a strong sense of patriotism among the young recruits and by attractive enlistment benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_011710.asp

Mind the (Wealth) Gap Connecticut has always been a state of haves and have-nots, but our economic challenges have widened the gap between them into a chasm. A new report from Connecticut Voices for Children (CVC), a research and advocacy group for low-income families with offices in New Haven and Hartford, offers a stark analysis: Connecticut is the only state in the nation to see a significant decline in the real wages of the poorest 20 percent of state residents. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 05, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_advocate_060508.asp

Mock Interviews With Corporate Executives Part Of A Day's Work At Hartford's High School Inc. More than 50 high school juniors participated in mock interviews with executives to prepare them for the real thing later in the year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2013
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Monitor: DCF Is Doing Better The Department of Children and Families is making "tremendous progress" toward its federally mandated goals of improving the lives of abused and neglected children, but there are still significant areas that need work, a federal monitor reported recently. On the positive side, DCF is doing better at visiting abused children in foster homes, searching for relatives before placing kids in foster care and keeping siblings together in foster families. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_032506.asp

More Funding Needed For Domestic Violence Shelters, Groups Say At Capitol Hearing On any given day, more than 225 domestic violence victims in the state find refuge in emergency shelters or in transitional housing provided by local programs. That number, up from 161 victims in 2008, underscores the growing need for more funding for shelters and support programs, according to officials at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012610.asp

More Of State's Poorest Are Feeling Tax Burden The state income tax is becoming a burden more and more to Connecticut's poorest working families, a report issued recently by a nonpartisan research group says. When Connecticut's state income tax was implemented in 1991, the threshold at which a family of four started paying the tax was 73 percent above the federal poverty line at that time. It was the highest threshold in the nation for a state income tax. Today, that threshold stands just 17 percent above the poverty line, a drop of 56 percentage points. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_033107.asp

More Schools May Have To Offer Breakfast Connecticut ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to providing school breakfasts to needy students, a distinction state lawmakers are hoping to change. A bill pending in the legislature would require nearly two dozen elementary and middle schools to begin offering breakfast. And hundreds of other schools that already serve breakfast voluntarily would have their breakfast programs become mandatory if at least 40 percent of their students qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, an indicator of poverty. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2008
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More Than A Buddy STAR Mentoring Services is a 5-year-old program in Hartford whose goal is to give troubled young people the kind of constant attention that most volunteer-based mentoring programs cannot afford to provide. The STAR program employs 29 mentors, three of whom work full time for the program, with the rest working part time while holding down other jobs. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 14, 2007
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Movie Depicting Blacks' Unity Moves Students A group of Fox Middle School students joked and laughed as they entered the Real Art Ways theater in Parkville recently. But as images of Rosa Parks and the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott flashed across the screen, the middle schoolers got quiet. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_033106.asp

Moving On: Benefits and Challenges of HOPE VI for Children In this brief, the well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable HOPE VI residents - the children - is examined. The report explores the potential benefits and challenges of relocation in the areas of behavior, health, and school engagement for children in families with different relocation experiences, including voucher holders, movers to other public housing, and those who remained in the original development. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_06_2007.asp#Hope4

Mr. Perez's Curfew In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the effects of the curfew on teens aren't clear, and the effort could be draining resources in the fight against other crimes. The best defense against teenagers with guns is one that aims to reduce teen pregnancy and give Hartford's youth more educational opportunities, job training and jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_091508.asp

Murphy Bequest Provides $14 Million A West Hartford manufacturing executive who died in April has left $14 million to The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to assist with a variety of local charitable efforts, including bolstering education and battling child hunger. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/educationfunding/htfd_courant_092907_1.asp

My Sons Want to be Police Officers When They Grow Up The author talks about her experience growing up in the North End of Hartford, and the negative image of the police she developed as a child. In contrast, her children want to be police officers when they grow up. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_news_070810.asp

National Survey of Children's Health, 2011/2012 The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators. These standardized national, state and regional level population data are specifically designed to assist states with child health needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, policy and standards development, monitoring, training, applied research and development of systems of care for children and youth. Published by Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health ; Publication Date: March 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Health/NationalSurveyChildrensHealth.asp

Nearly 400 Graduate From Capital Many graduates from Capital Community College overcame difficulties and hardships to earn their diplomas recently. Their successes came through hard work and sacrifice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2006
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Neighborhood Studios Connects Young Artists with the Arts For the eighth consecutive year, Greater Hartford Arts Council’s Neighborhood Studios teen apprentice program helped 14-18 year olds from 20 Greater Hartford towns learn and grow through the arts. The six-week hands-on program included photography, theater, dance, jazz performance, and video production and editing. This year, 75 participants had opportunities to train and create art at some of Hartford’s best known cultural institutions, including the Wadsworth Atheneum, Artists Collective, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Stage and Real Art Ways. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 26 - August 2, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_news_072606.asp

Neighborhoods and the Black-White Mobility Gap One of the most powerful findings of this research has been the striking mobility gap between blacks and whites in America. This report explores one potentially important factor behind the black-white mobility gap: the impact of neighborhood poverty rates experienced during childhood. (PDF document, 44 pages) Published by Pew Economic Mobility Project ; Publication Date: July 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/pew_neighborhoods.pdf

Never Too Young to Go To College More than 1,500, all of the Hartford city fifth-grade students, recently participated in Fifth Graders go to College 2005. They visited one of 11 campuses across the state, where they took tours and ate lunch with college students and participated in activities such as robotics, science experiments, drama or sports. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 9, 2005
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New Class Comes To A Point: Character After several months of lectures, classes and discussions about everything from the Connecticut River to making the right choices in life, 40 seventh- and eighth-graders involved in Riverfront Recapture's new river steward program did what you would expect. They went fishing. The students from Breakthrough Magnet School also took part in team-building and problem-solving activities, played soccer and football and ate pizza to celebrate their participation in "A Reel Chance." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 7, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_060707_a.asp

New DCF Leader Katz: Get Troubled Kids Back Home The state Department of Children and Families, long under pressure to improve its treatment system for young people, announced recently that it wants to get many of the 1,400 children now in residential facilities back to their families or into foster care. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_080711.asp

New Group Fights For Hispanic Veterans A new veterans group says some former servicemen and women have trouble getting the education, medical and financial benefits they have earned. The Hispanic American Veterans of Connecticut Inc., was started last month to help veterans overcome such obstacles. The group, open to all veterans in the state, hopes its name will encourage Hispanic veterans to ask for help, said Juan Luis Cruz, the organization's president. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_122806.asp

New Law Channeling Older Teens Into Juvenile Court New "raise the age'' legislation introduced 17-year-olds into the juvenile court system for the first time on July 1, 2012, and by July 17, 2012, there were 25 of the older kids sitting in detention centers across the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_071712.asp

New Option For Troubled Kids Each year, about 900 kids show up in the state's juvenile courts in the middle of a serious crisis at home. Many have committed no crime. They may be runaways, truants or simply out of control. About 300 of these so-called "status offenders" wind up in juvenile detention cells, placed there by judges who complain they have few other options and just want to keep the kids safe. With Gov. M. Jodi Rell's support, child advocates are pushing for passage of a bill this legislative session that would give judges a new resource in helping these kids, family support centers Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_030507.asp

New Poor: National Trends in Child Poverty Since 2000 This report examines regional differences in the family characteristics of children who have seen the greatest rise in poverty in the period from 2000 to 2004. The Northeast experienced an 11 percent increase in the number of children living in poor families between 2000 and 2004. The rise in poverty in the Northeast did not vary by parents’ employment, education, or nativity. Increases in child poverty did vary by race and ethnicity in the Northeast between 2000 and 2004. White children were the only racial/ethnic group to experience a statistically significant increase in poverty. Asian children in the Northeast were the only group to experience a decline in poverty. Children in Connecticut did not experience any statistically significant changes in the poverty rate during the study period. Published by National Center for Children in Poverty ; Publication Date: August 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/familiesandchildren/new_poor.pdf

New State Tax Credit For Working Poor Paid $601 On Average About 13 percent of Connecticut households worked either so little, or at such low-wage work in 2011 that they were eligible for the new state Earned Income Tax Credit. The average filer's income was $17,957, according to an analysis released recently by the fiscal policy center at Connecticut Voices for Children, an anti-poverty nonprofit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_011013.asp

New Tax Credit For Working Poor Faces Test In Next Budget Battle The state's new income tax credit for working poor families helped nearly 182,000 households last year. But with the state's continuing struggle with red ink, some advocates fear the Earned-Income Tax Credit (EITC) could become a target for cuts this spring. Published by CT Mirror ; Publication Date: January 11, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/ct_mirror_011113.asp

News Not All Good On Poverty The state's poverty rate decreased slightly from 2005 to 2006 and more residents had health insurance, but advocates for children and the poor said the state must do better. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/people/htfd_courant_082907_1.asp

Nineteen Are Named Fox Scholars Nineteen seniors from Hartford's three public high schools have been named Fox Foundation Scholars. The students were each awarded $12,000 scholarships. The scholars were selected by foundation trustees based on academic achievement, leadership, character, concern for others and a spirit of reverence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_041207.asp

No Catches, No Losers, No Money The Women in Transit program at Charter Oak State College is transforming lives in a big way. It has been offering a free college education, laptop computer and Internet access to underemployed single mothers. But there is the catch: It's running out of money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_040806.asp

No Dream Field For City Youth Several of the city's private Little Leagues jockey nightly for time on one of Hyland Park's four baseball and softball fields, even though the diamonds there lack grass and safe fencing. For many children in Hartford, rundown athletic fields are an unfortunate reality that goes along with playing sports. Hartford has 70 recreational athletic fields and 2,300 acres of park space, all under the management of the parks division of the city Department of Public Works. City officials say they work hard with the resources they have to keep up with demand. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 04, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_080413.asp

No Fooling Around Capital Preparatory Magnet School is a rarity, operating classes nearly year-round - part of a no-nonsense approach that includes a longer school day, a rigorous college-prep curriculum, regular homework, student uniforms and a strict behavior code. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_080606.asp

No Lights, No Tree, But Dad Is Home A Liberian refugee family has been reunited with their father, much to their joy and relief. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 24, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Immigrants/htfd_courant_122406.asp

No Place for Girls The second time 15-year-old Kristi ran from Stepping Stone, a private residential facility for troubled adolescent girls in Waterbury, she was stopped by a fellow resident soon after she fled through a gated exit near the gymnasium. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 01, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_advocate_120109.asp

No Place for Kids: The Case for Reducing Juvenile Incarceration Forty percent of incarcerated youth in the U.S. are held in long-term locked youth correction facilities, even though such institutions have never been found to reduce the criminality of troubled youth. This report provides recommendations for how to reduce juvenile incarceration. (PDF document, 52 pages) Published by Annie E. Casey Foundation ; Publication Date: 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/NoPlaceForKids_Full.pdf

No Sense Of Urgency On Hartford Violence, Gangs In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that as the homicide toll mounts and claims about gang activity conflict, Hartford residents are worried sick. They are owed the truth; a sense of urgency by the mayor, the police chief and even the governor; and action equal to the threat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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Nonprofits Brace For Fallout As the financial crisis spreads worldwide and uncertainty and gloom take hold in the region, Greater Hartford’s nonprofits are bracing for the worst. The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s 2008 Nonprofit Pulse Survey found that area nonprofits are sharply more pessimistic about the next 12 months than they have been in previous surveys. As a group, they believe funding will tend to dry up while the need for services will skyrocket Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 13, 2008
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Nonprofits Get Creative To Make Ends Meet Connecticut nonprofits — some stretched to the hilt like pizza dough — have adopted austerity measures ranging from layoffs and hiring freezes to reductions in employee healthcare contributions and relocation to smaller offices. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 18, 2010
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Nonprofits Show Optimism Despite Serious Concerns, United Way Survey Finds Even as the economy continues its slow recovery, many Hartford-area non-profit organizations have a renewed sense of optimism, according to the United Way’s eighth annual Non-Profit Pulse Survey. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 10, 2011
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Nonprofits, Local Heroes and Students Honored by Bank of America Recently, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation honored two Hartford area nonprofits, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford and Mutual Housing of Greater Hartford, Inc., as recipients of the prestigious Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI) Neighborhood Builder awards. Five community leaders and five local high school students were also recognized for making a difference in the Hartford community. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 27, 2008
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North End Mural Project to Unveil Two New Works The Christian Activities Council’s North End Mural Project (NEMP) unveiled two new works recently. NEMP is a collaboration of the Connecticut Artists Initiative, local muralists, and the City of Hartford’s Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs Office (MECA). Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 17, 2013
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Not Near My School Yard Hartford state Rep. Kelvin Roldan is proposing legislation that would prohibit any future registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, which amounts to a 4,000 foot radius from the property lines of more than 40 city schools. The law would essentially render Hartford off limits to sex offenders unless they wanted to live in the North or South meadows or Bushnell Park. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2010
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Number Of Hartford Area People Living In Poverty Increases The poverty rate, particularly for children, increased faster in Connecticut than in any other state in 2008, according to figures released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. The grim numbers prompted child advocates to call for more aggressive action by the state to help poor families. The statistics also heightened concern about the future because they portray only the leading edge of the recession, which grew more severe early in 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2009
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Numbers Of Homeless Children Increase There are now 2,716 homeless school children in Connecticut, a number that has risen by 35 percent since the recession started. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2011
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Officer in Fatal Shooting Among 19 Promoted Robert Allan, who shot and killed Aquan Salmon, 14, six years ago, was among 19 city officers recently promoted in a new effort in neighborhood policing focused on enforcing narcotics laws. Allan is white, Salmon was black, and though there had been rumors of protest, there were none at the event. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2005
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Officer's Attorney Seeks Dismissal Of Charges The defense attorney for suspended Hartford police officer, Robert Lawlor, asked a Superior Court judge recently to dismiss the charges against his client because the prosecutors in the case had improperly shared secret information from the grand jury with other lawyers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 20, 2008
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Officials Seek Solutions for Youth Violence Federal, state and local authorities are discussing ways to curb the violence in Hartford and elsewhere in the state. Mayor Eddie Perez expects the city to announce a new approach to targeting gun violence soon. The federal government is assigning two more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents to Hartford this spring and is sending more funding for city police overtime. Others are attempting to find committed people in the city's schools: parents and advocates interested in working with city youths to change the way they resolve conflict. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2005
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Older Than His Years At 14 years old, Michael Moore Jr., is young to have his own community service organization. But then, he was a bit young - 8 - when he gave his first public speech. Michael, who lives in Hartford and is a high school freshman, started "Courage to Change Things" two years ago. Recently, he held a play day at a Hartford shelter for battered women and their children. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 19, 2007
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On AIDS Awareness Day, A Push For Sex Education It wasn't a typical alliance: teenagers and AIDS activists rallying together on the steps of the state Capitol recently. But according to members of both groups, who teamed up to promote AIDS awareness and the need for comprehensive sex education in schools, the causes have a lot in common. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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On Hartford Streets, A Life Nearly Derailed By Bullets Aswad Thomas, who was a standout point guard for the Division III Blazers basketball team at Elms College, wants to share his story — from his tumultuous childhood, to the crumbling of his family structure, to the most productive year of his life being derailed by two bullets on a Hartford street in 2009, to his recovery and return to basketball at this summer's Greater Hartford Pro-Am. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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On Job For Working Poor A coalition of backers, including the Connecticut Association for Human Services and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, gathered at the Capitol recently to announce their support for a state earned income tax credit, which would piggyback on the federal earned income tax credit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 2, 2007
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On Street, 'Disregard' For Life Two kids, students at Fox Middle School, became innocent victims in a shooting war that is escalating for no apparent reason in Hartford’s North End. Several loose-knit neighborhood alliances, different from the more organized gangs of the early 1990s, are at the center of the violence. They include "The Ave." from Albany Avenue, "CNN" from the Nelton Court housing project and "West Hell" from Westland Street and bordering streets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2006
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On Thin Ice Slammed by one of the worst recessions in recent history, a staggering 31 percent of the 100 Connecticut-based nonprofits in the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s seventh annual Nonprofit Pulse Survey reported they are concerned that their organization could cease operations within a year. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 18, 2010
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Once A Domestic Violence Victim, She Now Helps Others Susan Campbell writes about Karen G. a court advocate for Interval House, the Hartford area's domestic violence shelter, who herself was a victim of domestic violence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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One Word To Break Gangs: Jobs As many urban centers experience the re-emergence of turf battles, gunfire and loosely configured neighborhood posses, the term "gang" is creeping back into the Connecticut vernacular - particularly in Hartford. The solution, some say, is jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 5, 2006
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Operation Fuel: Home Energy Affordability Gap Report The Home Energy Affordability Gap report addresses the increasing energy affordability gap facing low-income households in Connecticut. Published by Warm Thy Neighbor: Operation Fuel ; Publication Date: September 2006
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OPP Opens North End Center The grand opening of OPP’s new North End Youth Learning Center was celebrated recently. Teens who have participated in the past reminisced about how the youth service agency turned their life around. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
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Our Piece of the Pie Inc. Our Piece of the Pie Inc. or OPP, works with at-risk Hartford youth, ages 14 to 24, who face multiple barriers on their road to economic freedom. With the help of OPP’s education and employment programs, youth are able to achieve their short- and long-term goals. Those goals include a two- or four-year college degree, vocational certification and/or gainful employment in his or her chosen field. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Our Violent Culture Vs. Our American Exceptionalism Ken Krayeske comments on the the violence in Hartford which continues to frighten suburbanites, and worse, this rash of violence paralyzes political leadership on all levels in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 27, 2008
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Out There, Out of Touch Helen Ubiñas calls for a revised approach by community leaders and activists speaking out against recent violence and working with youths in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2005
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Outlook Tough for Nonprofits Basic services like food and shelter for the poor are still receiving support, but arts and culture face cutbacks. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 06, 2009
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Parents Tell Schools: Stop The Bullying About 20 parents from Kennelly School in Hartford plan to give the school board a list of demands that includes an end to what they said is pervasive violence. At a recent press conference outside the school's playground, parents said Kennelly needs a comprehensive plan to curb bullying, needs more educators certified in dealing with special needs students and more social workers, psychiatrists and security guards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2007
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Parents, Caregivers Tell City, School Officials: Bulkeley High Does Have Gang Problems City and school officials continued to reject the notion that there is gang activity in city schools right up until they were told differently by mothers and grandmothers in the room with them recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2009
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Parents, School Officials Surprised By Gangs In Hartford Parents, school board members and the school superintendent said recently they were taken by surprise by an internal police department memorandum that said the city is suffering from a "gang infestation" and that gang activity was increasing among middle school students. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
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Partial Federal Takeover Of DCF Urged Recently, lawyers representing the thousands of children in DCF care in a class-action lawsuit called for a partial federal takeover of the state Department of Children and Families. Citing poor state leadership and unacceptable performance, advocates called the latest step dramatic but necessary. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2008
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Pitting The Poor Against The Poorer In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that requiring proof of citizenship from all HUSKY clients is making them complicit in a campaign that would persecute impoverished families for the crime of being poor, vulnerable and needing to live in the United States to survive. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Plan For City Offered: Proposal Aims To Quell Violence Hartford legislators announced a 10-point plan on May 26th to address violence in Hartford, particularly among youths, with state funding for jobs and city juvenile review board. Other points support an anti-gun legislation and a Young Adult Commission for residents between the ages of 15 and 25. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2005
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Plans For Children's Fitness/Wellness Center In Hartford Unveiled Congressman John B. Larson, First Lady Cathy Malloy and Family Life Education are well underway with their battle against what they call the silent killer of children: obesity. Plans for a new state-of-the-art Children's Fitness/Wellness Center in Hartford – estimated at $500,000 – were released Friday morning at the Family Life Education building, where the facility will be built. The purpose of the facility is to provide low-income urban families with free access to comprehensive fitness and health programs, said executive director Candida Flores. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2013
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Playing Hooky Is Not a Game Anymore When Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts took office last summer, he said reducing Hartford’s truancy rate would be one of his top priorities. Since then, Roberts has assigned HPD detectives to identify habitual truants and discuss the problem with their families to see if and how the situation can be corrected. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 3 - 10, 2007
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Police Blame Gang Feud In Shooting An ongoing feud between rival youth gangs in Hartford's North End is being blamed for a drive-by shooting that critically wounded a 14-year-old boy and a woman who rushed to his aid recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2006
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Police Can't Do It Alone Stan Simpson suggests that an increased police presence alone won’t be enough to solve the problem of increased gun violence in Hartford. As much as the recent shootings are a public safety crisis, they are a reflection of a serious predicament at home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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Police Initiative Reducing City Shootings The number of shootings on Hartford streets has dropped significantly since city police launched an initiative to blanket troubled neighborhoods with more patrols. Some of the most noticeable decreases took place in the Upper Albany, Clay Arsenal and Northeast neighborhoods, the targets of the department's new Northeast Violence Reduction Initiative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2005
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Police Tackle School Truancy A couple of months into Hartford's new school truancy program, police detectives have met with more than 70 families about chronic absences, and officers have picked up about a dozen students on the streets and taken them to school. Statistics released by Superintendent of Schools Steven J. Adamowski show that on any given day 1,600 of the district's 24,000 students - nearly 7 percent - are absent. Ninth-graders - many of them at crossroads academically and socially - last year accounted for more than 30 percent of total absentees on any given day. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 22, 2006
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Politics Of Squalor Helen Ubiñas writes that for all of Jorge Ciuidanes' young life, reconstruction of the Westbrook Village housing project has been mired in Hartford Housing Authority politics: Bids were received, bids were discarded; mysterious memos appeared, mysterious memos were disavowed; an executive director was hired, an executive director was fired. So for all of 2-year-old Jorge's life, he has lived in a place of worsening squalor. Leaking plumbing, crumbling ceilings, peeling paint, roaches, mice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2006
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Poor Health: Adding Insult to Injury for HOPE VI Families This brief suggests that the health situation of HOPE VI families is a problem so severe that it calls for urgent attention and new approaches to providing effective services to this extremely vulnerable population. Poor health is an even bigger problem for HOPE VI families than lack of employment. Hartford is the site of a major Hope VI project, Dutch Point. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by The Urban Institute ; Publication Date: June 2007
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Poor Kids' Teeth In Poor State An investigation into the oral health of Connecticut school kids has uncovered a particularly bleak picture for poor and nonwhite children. The state Department of Public Health reported recently that nonwhites experienced severe tooth decay at twice the rate of white children. And poor children - regardless of race or ethnicity - were three times more likely to have multiple cavities by third grade when compared to third-graders from families with higher incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2007
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Poor State Families Need A Tax Credit - And Child Care Jim Horan, executive director of the Connecticut Association for Human Services, suggests two things that the state could do now that would encourage people to work and boost employment in low-income neighborhoods. First, Connecticut could follow the lead of the federal government and create a state Earned Income Tax Credit. A second idea to encourage work is to restore funding for the state's child care subsidy program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2006
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Popkorn Leads The Way Anthony Thomas, a Hartford resident who got his nickname, Popkorn, from years back when he would earn a few dollars by dancing hip-hop on city corners, is a juvenile detention officer at Community Partners in Action's residential detention center for girls. As a hip-hop artist, he teaches dance to the girls in the residence. His example has led the Connecticut Ballet to expand recreational dance and drumming programs for girls and boys in the residential detention centers in Hartford Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 03, 2008
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Popular Program for Teens Halted A popular evening program for teenagers offered at the Trinity College Boys & Girls Club has been temporarily suspended because of unexpected expenses created by the agency's new Asylum Hill neighborhood site. Club President and CEO Ken Darden is working with Trinity on fund-raising solutions and has appealed to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for support. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2005
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Portraits of Real Life Hartford teens voice their anger, fear and frustration on stage in "Aired Words," a multimedia performance at Hartford Stage in which the 11 city teens will use theatrical methods to condemn the gun violence that has shaken their neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2005
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Posh Spot for Seniors Work will begin soon on a wellness center for South End seniors that promises to give them a reason to leave home. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 02, 2007
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Poverty Agency Warrants A Hard Look The tumult at the Community Renewal Team (CRT) may offer an opportunity. What if the governor were to appoint a group to take a big-picture look at the whole 1960s-vintage community action agency model, and ask if it is the best way to renew communities? A successful anti-poverty agency would put itself out of business. CRT boasts of its growth. It's been about the only growth industry in North Hartford for 40 years, and something seems wrong with that. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2012
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Poverty, Peace, Planet Earth and the Prophetic Voice: Confronting Poverty Video A video of the March 20, 2012 community program, Poverty, Peace, Planet Earth and the Prophetic Voice: Confronting Poverty, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: March 20,2012
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Poverty, School Failure Lead To Teen Pregnancy By now, almost every newspaper has printed an op-ed piece or column detailing the grim future that awaits teen moms - they are more likely to drop out of high school, end up in low-wage jobs and be poor. These opinion-makers are not lying, but they are wrong. They imply that adolescent motherhood is the cause of these problems when in fact it is just the opposite. Poverty and school failure are the causes, not consequences, of young motherhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2008
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Prekindergarteners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates In State Prekindergarten Systems This white paper reports on expulsion rates by program setting (public school, Head Start, private providers), gender, and race/ethnicity. It also presents expulsion data from all 40 states that fund prekindergarten programs. PDF file, 18 pages Published by Walter S. Gilliam, PhD; Yale University Child Study Center
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/NationalPreKExpulsionPaper.pdf Related Link(s): Foundation for Child Development ; For Youngest Students, A Hard Lesson (Hartford Courant news article, May 4, 2005)

Premiums vs. Paychecks: A Growing Burden for Connecticut's Workers Families USA has undertaken the first state-by-state analysis of growing health care premiums versus stagnant earnings over the past six years. Over the past six years (2000 to 2006), family health insurance premiums for Connecticut’s workers rose 5.8 times more quickly than median earnings. On average, family health care premiums rose by 77.0 percent, while median earnings rose by only 13.2 percent. (PDF file, 12 pages) Published by Families USA ; Publication Date: 2006
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