Social Media
4:49 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Cyberbullying follows allegations of rape in Torrington

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Freedom Of Expression
2:37 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Wolcott Schools Allow Student To Wear Anti-Gay Shirt

Wolcott Public Schools will allow a student to wear an anti-gay T-shirt to school after the district faced the threat of legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. 

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Post Sandy Hook
9:24 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Police Set New Ways To Deal With Trauma After Newtown

The shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown have forced law enforcement officials in Connecticut to come up with new procedures to help police. The measures could change the way law enforcement responds to life-changing trauma.

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8:53 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Caring For Our Children Creative Commons

It's clear that the Legislative Bi-Partisan Task Force charged with making recommendations in response to the Newtown tragedy will probably miss their February deadline. But one of the subcommittees of the task force, the school safety subcommittee finished their work yesterday. Joining us by phone is State Senator Beth Bye, she is a member of the school safety subcommittee. 

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School Enrollment Guidelines
10:49 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Proposal To Raise The Enrollment Age For Kindergarten

Connecticut’s Education Committee will hear testimony Friday on a proposal that would raise the minimum enrollment age for kindergarten.

Supporters of the idea say it would improve teaching and learning because the age range in kindergarten is too wide. But critics say it would make things worse for low-income kids whose families may not be able to afford an extra year of preschool.

State Senator Andrea Stillman says children need to be mature enough to enter kindergarten.  

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Early Childhood Education
9:17 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Governor Malloy Proposes New Office Of Early Childhood

Advocates have been saying for years, that the needs of young children get lost inside Connecticut’s larger school system. 

Governor Malloy has just proposed a new Office of Early Childhood, focused exclusively on children ages zero to five years old.

Multiple state agencies have administered Connecticut’s early childhood programs, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman says its been hard for parents to figure out.  

"To get through the bureaucratic mess in government was terrible. Because you’d have to go from one department to the other department."

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Pedro Noguera on Education Policy and Reform

Chion Wolf

School “reform” is a loaded term that divides many teachers and parents - and pits many well-intentioned educators against one another. 

Dr. Pedro Noguera is a leading national voice on education, education reform and the achievement gap. He’s a professor of education at NYU, author of City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education, and co-founder of an effort called a “Broader, Bolder approach to Education." He’s also a former classroom teacher in Providence and Oakland. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

How Children Succeed with Paul Tough

creative commons: dyetochange

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Where We Live
10:59 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Feeding Our Children

TJ Hanton (Flickr Creative Commons)

According to Children’s HealthWatch, in 2010, there were 48.8 million Americans who lived in households that were food insecure, including 16.2 million children.

But in a nation suffering from an obesity epidemic, is hunger really the problem? Experts tell us that yes, while obese kids are not all hungry, many of the most malnourished are obese.

But, as the richest state in the nation, how can Connecticut really have that many hungry kids?

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1:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells for Newtown Victims Ring Across CT, Nation

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

The sound of bells reverberated throughout the nation and in towns across Connecticut Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. to remember the twenty children and six adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

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Where We Live
1:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Extending The School Day in Seven Connecticut Schools

Chion Wolf

Connecticut is one of five states getting funds to extend instructional time-- by as much as 300 hours a year-- in seven Connecticut schools in the cities of Meriden, New London, and East Hartford.

But does a longer school day really mean better prepared students?

The National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education says that children in the U.S. already have more instructional time than European countries that outperform us--such as Finland, Japan, and South Korea.

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6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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4:58 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Back To School, With Security

Across the state, children went back to school again today/Monday.  And in many school districts, there's an increased security presence. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. It's the first day back at school and I'm in Canton -- an hour from Newtown.  I came to Cherry Brook Primary School to speak to parents as they dropped their kids off.  One parent cried and then apologized when I asked her to talk.

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11:48 am
Sun December 16, 2012

"Such Tragedy Must Not Go Unanswered"

Diane Orson

Prayer vigils were held across Connecticut and around the country this weekend for the victims of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown. 

Bells on the New Haven green tolled 27 times for each of those who died.

Several hundred people gathered Saturday evening for a candlelight vigil. They stood near the flagpole on the New Haven green, a few steps away from the glow of the city’s Christmas tree.

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Education Reform
3:22 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Emergency Budget Cuts Protect Preschool Slots

Governor Malloy’s emergency budget cuts will affect early care and education in Connecticut, but they do not reduce additional preschool slots that were part of this year’s school reform package.

Early care and education programs focus on children birth through age 8 and can include child care and preschool services. The Governor made early childhood education a priority during the last legislative session, and included 1000 new preschool slots in low-income communities. 

On Wednesday his administration unveiled $170 million in wide-ranging spending cuts. 

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Child Health
4:15 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Study: Hartford Children Have High Rates of Obesity

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

A study of Hartford pre-school students shows that many of the city's young are obese by the time they are four or five years old. The study by UConn's Center for Public Health and Health Policy shows that Hartford has roughly the same rates of preschool obesity as other U.S. cities. Seventeen percent of the children measured classified as overweight; 20 percent of them qualified as obese. Both rates, though, are significantly higher than national averages.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:58 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Kids' Music Adults Will Love

Flickr Creative Commons, richkidsunite

A good kids' song is sometimes just a good song.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:21 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Child Trauma, and Authors of In the Whirlwind and inGenius,

brett jordan/flickr creative commons

Any person can learn to be creative and become innovative. Our guest, from Yale Law School, studies two bibles and says you might be surprised when you hear what he learned about God's relationship with us, humanity. And you cannot only be creative; you can use your newfound creativity to be innovative in your thinking and actions, day-to-day. The head of Stamford University's renowned entrepreneur program is our guest. Plus, Dr. Robert Franks, Vice President and Director of Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP), talks about child trauma.

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Human Trafficking
6:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Child Sex Trafficking a Growing Problem

Child sex trafficking is a growing national problem. Congress wants to toughen federal laws against this exploitation, and its looking to Connecticut for help.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:47 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Is America Awash In A Sea Of Twee?

Flickr Creative Commons, Thai Weber

This is one of those shows where you may start by saying, "huh?"  But with any luck, 30 minutes from now, you'll start to say, "Oh!" 

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Eat Healthy, Play Hard
11:02 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Eating Healthy With "The Action Pack"

Connecticut Department of Public Health

The state department of public health has launched an initiative to promote better food choices and a more physically active lifestyle for pre-schoolers.

In the new campaign children are introduced to a cartoon cow and her son, a rabbit and a super strong chimp with a simple message: "Fruits and veggies give you the energy to play hard. And low-fat dairy helps you grow strong. Eat healthy, play hard."

That's just one of the public service announcements running on CPTV and other cable TV channels state wide as part of the Action Pack campaign.

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Teaching Innovation
11:28 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Invention Convention Sparks Creative Kids

Sujata Srinivasan

Some young people seem driven to invent. And if that spirit is nurtured it can become the basis for a successful business career.  In the first of a two part series on early entrepreneurship, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan met some of the state’s very youngest creative minds at Connecticut’s Invention Convention.

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Where We Live
10:28 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The State of Play

Lou & Traci plus, creative commons

The Executive Director of the Alliance for Childhood talks about how important play is for young people. She’s part of a two-day creativity conference coming up in Ridgefield, CT.

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Risky Business
2:33 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Morning Edition: Child Abuse Registry

Connecticut's child abuse and neglect registry is one step closer to allowing offenders to get their names removed from the list if they can prove they are no longer a risk to children.

Unlike the state's sex offender registry, the child abuse and neglect registry is confidential. Employers can request access to the registry through the state Department of Children and Families. Anyone who is an acknowledged offender in a DCF investigation of child abuse or neglect ends up on the registry, regardless of whether the abuse results in a criminal prosecution.

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Where We Live
10:21 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Adult Ed For Teens

preetamrai, creative commons

Thousands of teens are leaving traditional high school in Connecticut and opting for adult education programs instead.

These programs have more flexible hours and fewer requirements for graduation, allowing students - in some cases - to finish school more quickly.

But there are complicated reasons why some teens are taking this opportunity.  One is that some low-performing students - or those with troubled pasts - are being “pushed out” of the traditional school system...and there aren’t always spaces in “alternative” schools.

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Fri January 27, 2012

El Sistema

Emily Moran

Thousands of children struggling against poverty find hope - and the path to a better life - through classical music.

Its not some pipedream...but a very real and inspiring story of El Sistema - The System: a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids and captured the attention of the world.

Today, we talk with the author of a book about El Sistema. We’ll also speak with educators who are using music to transform the lives of students right here in Connecticut.

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The Healthy Outdoors
9:08 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Morning Edition: "Advergames" For Children

Mikkel Rønne (Flickr Creative Commons)

If you wish your child spent more time outdoors, and less time playing computer games, here is one more thing to worry about - some of those computer games may actually increase your child's consumption of junk food, that's according to a new study from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Joining us by phone is lead author of the study, Jennifer Harris - she is also the Rudd Center's director of marketing initiatives.

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12:46 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Morning Edition: State's Child Advocate Retiring

Connecticut's child advocate is stepping down after 12 years. Jeanne Milstein said Tuesday she will retire March 1.

Milstein told WNPR's Morning Edition that it was simply time to move on and that she leaves the department in very capable hands.

On WNPR's Where We Live, Governor Malloy said of the child advocate position, "I do look forward to the day when that position is not necessary, but that won’t be happening in the foreseeable future.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

The Education Session

Chion Wolf

Governor Malloy has called this upcoming legislative session “The Education Session.”

You can see why. Connecticut has one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation. Students in wealthy, suburban schools do as well - or better - than any in the country.

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Community Outreach
8:59 am
Mon January 2, 2012

Meriden Family Zone Awarded Federal Grant

A program that serves families in a distressed, low-income neighborhood in Meriden has been awarded federal money to expand. The Meriden Family Zone ties together services and supports to improve the lives of families and young children.

Families who are part of the Meriden Family Zone tend be disconnected from life in the larger city, says David Radcliffe, director of Meriden Children First.  

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