by Staff | Apr 11, 2013 1:05 pm
While New Haveners marched on local streets for immigration reform this week, some other New Haveners brought the same call to the streets of the nation’s capital—in one case, in verse.
by Staff | Apr 9, 2013 12:28 pm | Comments (2)
Cara Rosner, external affairs officer at United Way of Greater New Haven, one of the organizers of Parent University New Haven, sent in this report:
Her daughter is only in kindergarten, but Tawana Grant has her eyes on the prize: college.
by Josiah Brown | Apr 8, 2013 10:46 am | Comments (2)
Josiah Brown sent in the following report about an event in which he took part.
On March 28, the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven convened a breakfast forum at the offices of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in Hamden. The theme was “Early Learning.” (1)
The event featured greetings by moderator Curtis Hill, executive director of Concepts for Adaptive Learning and a Literacy Coalition board member, followed by a panel discussion. The panelists were Myra Jones-Taylor, early childhood planning director for Connecticut; Cyd Oppenheimer, senior policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children; and Sandra Malmquist, director of the Connecticut Children’s Museum and of its Creating Kids program for children from infancy to age five.
Myra Jones-Taylor, whom Governor Dannel Malloy appointed last year to implement a 2011 state law (the General Assembly’s Public Act 11-181, “concerning early childhood education and the establishment of a coordinated system of early care and education and child development”), spoke about her effort with colleagues across six agencies to improve upon what she called a “redundant,” fragmented, “non-system” of early care and learning, with isolated programs “nestled within larger agencies.” (2) In this year’s legislative session, House Bill 6359 has been introduced to establish what only three other states (Georgia, Massachusetts, and Washington) have: an Office of Early Childhood with substantial authority, reporting to the governor. According to Jones-Taylor, the aims include a more efficient and effective series of early childhood programs, enabling parents greater access to early care of higher quality, while relieving the paperwork burden where possible “to make it easier for families.”
She noted parent engagement and literacy (and numeracy) as crucial to the experiences of young children. She observed, “It’s not just about the achievement gap. It’s about social and emotional health” – and that “respectful dialogue with parents” is essential.
by Staff | Apr 4, 2013 1:03 pm
The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce held a graduation ceremony last week for its “community leadership development program.”
by Staff | Mar 21, 2013 1:13 pm | Comments (2)
Billy Bromage and Jon Atherton, members of a team working on a neighborhood-based approach to tackling public health and “food deserts,” submitted this article.
Can New Haven, a city with tens of thousands of people living in widely different circumstances, move toward better health? That was the question that brought around 35 people to Troup School on Tuesday evening, to talk about health in the Dwight and West River neighborhoods. Community residents and local organizations gathered with partners from the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), Yale New Haven Hospital and DataHaven to discuss the findings of a 2012 Health Survey conducted in six New Haven neighborhoods.
by Andy Ross | Feb 19, 2013 12:17 am
The Promise Land project was conceived in 2010 by Pastor Minister Donald Morris, the Executive Director of Newhallville’s Christian Community Commission. His vision was to adopt the most crime-ridden blocks in Newhallville and improve them for the betterment of our entire city. The promise made by the initiative was simple: bring much-needed attention to the Newhallville community in the form of multifaceted, practical assistance to residents while reducing crime and beautifying the area.
by Josiah Brown | Jan 22, 2013 12:09 pm
New Haven Public School teachers and Institute seminar leaders — members of the Yale faculty — gathered to discuss the program’s seminars, application process, and curricular and professional development opportunities.
The following account was contributed by the program’s Josiah Brown.
by Staff | Dec 24, 2012 12:03 pm
New Haven’s firefighters, for whom pulling together is second nature, united to deliver toys to kids in Fair Haven and Christmas to a family in need in the Hill.
by Brianna Reynolds | Dec 21, 2012 4:31 am
New Haven Police Officer Dean Reynolds submitted the following poem, which his his high school-aged daughter Brianna Reynolds (pictured) wrote in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
by Staff | Dec 19, 2012 5:24 pm | Comments (4)
Paula Panzarella sent in this write-up and photos about the annual West River holiday party.