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Meriden, CT 06450
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Since its inception in 1995, the Meriden Children First Initiative has continually set a variety of major goals and milestones for providing support services to children and their families within the greater Meriden community.  Children First Initiative  is proud of reaching and exceeding these goals and milestones and notes the following achievements:

  • Increased advocacy abilities of more than 200 parents through formal leadership training from the Parent Leadership Training Institute. 
  • Leveraged public and private resources towards improved child outcomes, including a City Community Development Block grant for the Parent Leadership Training Institute. 
  • Provided leadership to expand full-day Kindergarten for an additional 100 Meriden children. 
  • Encouraged the Board of Education and City of Meriden to act on improving our local high school facilities. 
  • Provided funds for the Books for Babies Project to encourage family literacy. 
  • Helped capture School Readiness funding, which prepares Meriden’s 3 & 4-year olds to thrive in school. 
  • Led “Project Attendance,” improving first-week-of-school attendance in 2000 by 3% over 1999. 
  • Commissioned 2004 Meriden report on child well-being indicators, measuring how we're doing as a community on issues related to health, safety, early learning, education and self-sufficiency.   This report served as base for the 2008 'Blueprint', a comprehensive plan for Meriden's young children.
  • Urged state legislators to establish a Connecticut Parent Trust Fund, which provides resources for parent advocacy training across Connecticut. 
  • Led a successful campaign to expand school breakfast program to all Meriden elementary schools. Board of Education, after a four-month effort, voted 7-0 in support. 
  • Led community-wide effort to support Meriden school budget, helping protect teaching positions and important school programs.  At a 2011 event, more than 400 teachers, parents, students and other friends to rally for education!
  • Created the 'Meriden Family Zone', a unique place-based effort that targets a low-income Meriden neighborhood and works with families to help their children succeed in school and beyond.
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