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.
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.
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.
A new report on asthma finds the rate among Connecticut children rose more than seven percent between 2005 and 2010. The state health department says no one really knows what causes asthma. But WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports that a common virus called RSV or respiratory syncytial virus may be a contributing factor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridgeport’s Board of Education has appointed Paul Vallas, interim superintendent, part of the state’s takeover of the struggling school system. Vallas is a nationally recognized education reformer who’s spearheaded turnaround efforts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Departing Bridgeport superintendent John Ramos joined a panel of school leaders earlier this month to talk about the effect of inadequate education funding on disadvantaged students.
Hundreds of students are arrested each year in Connecticut schools. That’s the finding of a new report by C-Hit - the Connecticut Health Investigative Team. They reviewed data from the Connecticut judicial department - and their story points to instances where “zero tolerance” policies often mean students in handcuffs, even for minor offenses. Today we talk to reporter Lisa Chedekel.
On Monday, Connecticut's new Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor addressed the task force charged with finding solutions to Connecticut's achievement gap - the disparity between poor and wealthy students. Connecticut's achievement gap is considered the widest in the nation. Commissioner Pryor joins us now by phone.
Last week, two more men accused Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them when they were children. The case has raised questions about what one is required to do when child abuse is seen or suspicioned. Policymakers in CT are discussing whether to make all adults “mandated reporters,” but some worry this could mean a flood of reports that would clog the system.