Elaine Zimmerman


Tell us a little about yourself Elaine Zimmerman, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Children, has devoted her career to developing and promoting model policy for children and families in health, safety and learning. Expert in trend analysis and public will, she knows how and when to move initiatives forward to maximize public interest and community partners for policy. Her organizing acumen includes a mix of community engagement and state and national partners. Ms. Zimmerman has been at the forefront of setting model policy in support of children. Her work with state leaders includes design of law in school readiness, early reading success, anti-bullying, children and disaster, children’s behavioral health, home visitation and anti-poverty law. She guided legislation to establish Connecticut’s Blueprint in Reading and has helped lead literacy programs and initiatives. Ms. Zimmerman is recognized for one of the strongest parent leadership and family civics model in the states. For this work she was awarded the Good Housekeeping Award for Women. At the center of Ms. Zimmerman’s work is the critical role that community does and must play in preparing children for their future.

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Title Executive Director

Organization Connecticut Commission on Children

City and State Hartford, CT

Name of Community Involved in the Network Connecticut

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