NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Full, Equal and Equitable Partnerships with Families

Appendix A: Sources of Input from Families and Other Stakeholders

Focus Groups

Parents and families gave us their ideas in five focus groups around the state and on social media.

  • Parent Leadership Training Institute graduates, via Facebook, organized by Melvette Hill, National Parent Leadership Institute, on August 15, 2017.
  • Families at Nike Tykes Early Learning Center in Manchester, CT, organized by program director Shelly Garow on September 12, 2017.
  • Families at Griswold Elementary School in Griswold, CT, organized by Sandy Frizzel, School Readiness Liaison, on September 13, 2017
  • Fathers affiliated with Real Dads Forever, organized by program founder Doug Edwards in Manchester, CT, on October 4, 2017.
  • Family and Community Engagement and Early Learning Center in Danbury CT, organized by Anne Mead, on October 31, 2017.

Design Team Members

  • Paige Bray, University of Hartford
  • Ingrid Canady, State Education Resource Center
  • Judy Carson, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • George Coleman, Partnership for Early Education
  • Jackie Coleman, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Mary Farnsworth, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
  • Melvette Hill, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
  • Angela Holmes, Waterbury Hospital
  • Jennifer Johnson, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
  • Jennifer Lussier, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
  • Anne Mead, Family Engagement Coordinator, Danbury Public Schools
  • Joanna Meyer, Partnership for Early Education
  • Jennifer Michno, University of Connecticut
  • Carol O’Donnell, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
  • Charlene Russell Tucker, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Russell Sims, Family Engagement Coordinator, Windsor Public Schools
  • Deborah Watson, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood


  • Anne T Henderson, Senior Consultant, National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement

The Commissioner’s Round-table for Family and Community Engagement in Education

  • Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell, Commissioner of Education, Connecticut State Department of Education
Parent and Family Representatives
  • Ms. Audrey Brown, Parent, Representing: African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP)
  • Ms. Lisa Fair, Parent, Achievement First, Representing: ConnCAN
  • Ms. Jennifer Falotico, Vice President for Membership, Connecticut Parent Teacher Association
  • Ms. Aggie Kurzyna, Parent, Representing: CT Parent Power
  • Ms. Jennifer Lussier, Parent Consultant, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
  • Mr. Bryan Randall, Personnel Officer, U.S. Naval Submarine Base, Representing: State Council for Educational Opportunities for Military Children
  • Ms. Donna Thompson-Bennett, National Coordinator, National Parent Leadership Institute
  • Ms. Tynima Toney, Parent Coach, Hartford Parent University
  • Ms. Athena Wagner, Outreach Coordinator, State of Black Connecticut Alliance/CT Parents’ Union
  • Mr. Beresford Wilson, Assistant Director, FAVOR
Community Organization Representative
  • Dr. Jeana Bracey, Director School and Community Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute
  • Ms. Paula Gilberto, CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Representing: United Way of CT
  • Ms. Natasha Harris, Director of Workforce Quality Assurance, Urban League of Greater Hartford
  • Ms. Tamara Lanier, Chief Probation Officer, Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division, Representing: Connecticut State Conference of NAACP
  • Ms. Chemay Morales-James, Educational Equity Coach, My Reflection Matters & Bridge to Success, Representing: Commission on Equity and Opportunity
  • Mr. David Scata, Director of Education, Mohegan Tribe
  • Ms. Sara Sneed, Director, Education Investments, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Ms. Mirellise Vazquez, Executive Director Tauck Family Foundation, Representing: CT Council on Philanthropy
Education Organization Representatives
  • Dr. Abie Benitez, President, Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Representing: CT Association of Schools (CAS)
  • Mr. Jeffrey Bianco, Co-Chair, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Connecticut
  • Dr. Paige Bray, Associate Dean for Research and Community Education, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Hartford, Representing: Deans of Schools of Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth Brown, President, Waterbury Board of Education, Representing: CT Association of Boards Education (CABE)
  • Ms. Mary Lou DiPaola, ESL Teacher, New Haven Public Schools, Representing: CT Federation of Educational and Professional Employees (AFT-CT)
  • Dr. Clifford Dudley, Principal, Orchard Hills School, Milford Public Schools, Representing: CT Federation of School Administrators
  • Mr. Mario Florez, Director of School Climate and Culture, Hartford Public Schools, Representing: Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
  • Mr. Matthew Geary, Superintendent of Schools, Manchester Public Schools, Representing: CT Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS)
  • Dr. Nikitoula Menounos, Principal, Norwich Technical High School, Representing: CT Technical High School System
  • Mr. Robert Smoler, President, Fairfield Education Association, Representing: CT Education Association (CEA)
  • Mr. John Taylor, Executive Director, Booker T. Washington Academy, Representing: Northeast Charter Schools Network

Student Representatives

  • Ms. Derby Egyin, Student, Windsor Locks High School, Representing: State Student Advisory Council on Education
  • Mr. Giancarlo Isotti, Student, Suffield High School, Representing: State Student Advisory Council on Education

Connecticut State Department of Education Leaders/Staff

  • Ms. Charlene Russell-Tucker, Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Ms. Ellen Cohn, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Mr. John Frassinelli, Chief, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Dr. Judy Carson, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education


  • Ms. Ingrid Canady, Executive Director, State Education Resource Center and CT Parent Information and Resource Center