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Setting Young Children Up for Success

February 13, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Setting Young Children Up for Success

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Legislative Office Building, Room 1D, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

Commission on Women, Children and Seniors; Office of the Child Advocate; and Center for Children’s Advocacy jointly host a discussion on the critical importance of setting young children up for success.

Please join us for a presentation on innovative programs that address children’s mental health and social-emotional development, and proposed policy and legislative solutions to suspension and expulsion.

Welcome and Introductions
Steven Hernández, Esq, Executive Director, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors

Keynote Speaker
Walter S. Gilliam, PhD
Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy; and
Professor, Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

A Social and Emotional Approach to Building a School System 
Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

Panel Moderator: Kathryn Scheinberg Meyer, Esq, Director of the Speak Up Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy
Jeana Bracey, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
Tirzah Kemp, Program Manager of Community and Family Engagement, Clifford Beers Clinic
Kelly Grant, Director of Pupil Services, New Britain Consolidated School District
Caroline Finley, Program Manager, Early Childhood Consultation Partnership

Next Steps
Panel Moderator: Heather Petit, Children’s Policy Analyst, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
Michelle Levy, PhD, Education Consultant, Office of Early Childhood
Andrea (Penny) Spencer, PhD, Director of Off‐Campus Programs, University of Saint Joseph
Charlene Russell-Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, State Department of Education
Joanne White, Education Consultant, State Department of Education

 Closing Comments
Sarah Eagan, Esq, Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate

Questions and Discussion

Click here to watch the recorded discussion.

Download agenda and program materials

Fact Sheet about the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership


Links for materials from keynote speaker Walter Gilliam, PhD

Developments in research, policy and practice (a large collection of papers and videos on this topic between 2005-2016):

Preschool expulsion and suspension as matters of civil rights and social justice:

Report on implicit bias and expulsion and suspension:

To hear about our implicit bias work from NPR (based on the above research):

Statewide random-controlled evaluation of CT’s ECCP:

NPR’s coverage of ECCP (based on the above study):


February 13
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Heather Petit
Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT
Room 1D, 300 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT
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