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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Preparing Tomorrow’s Effective Parents

Forum to be held in Hartford

State Education Commissioner Mark McQuillan, Yale psychiatrist and pediatrician Kyle Pruett, and child development curriculum specialist Janet Pozmantier will talk about why they believe child development education should be provided to all Connecticut students at a public conference to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, in Room 1-A of the Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., Hartford.
The forum, "Preparing Tomorrow’s Effective Parents," is sponsored by the Connecticut Coalition for Child Development Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring all students receive courses in child development, child safety, and parenting skills, according to a statement.
Pruett will speak on "Teachable Moments that Change Generations: A Child Psychiatrist’s View of Child and Parent Development in the Classroom." Pozmantier will discuss an award-winning curriculum she developed in her talk "Parents Under Construction: Teaching Children Today the Parenting Skills they will Need Tomorrow." McQuillan will discuss possible curriculum changes to better prepare Connecticut students for the global economy and adulthood.
Anyone interested in attending the forum is asked to call Laura Baldarelli at the Connecticut PTA office, at (203) 281-6617, or e-mail her at


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