CT Early Childhood Alliance Names Rep. Kokoruda as a 2018 Children’s Champion

Posted on June 27, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Noreen Kokoruda as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.

(l to r): Amanda Dalton, Director of Madison Educational Playcare Center; State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Jane Porterfield, Educational Playcare Center Owner and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at CT Early Childhood Alliance.

“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.

“While at the state Capitol in Hartford, children, their families, and educators are always a priority of mine,” said Rep. Kokoruda, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “I am honored to receive a 2018 Children’s Champion Award from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as they are a wonderful partner and advocate for children throughout the state of Connecticut. I look forward to working with them during the next legislative session to advocate on behalf of our children.”

Legislators honored this year are: Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D-Meriden), Rep. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk),  Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain),  Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven), Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20), Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), and Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19).

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.

 

Rep. Kokoruda Receives Award for her Support in Education

Posted on June 1, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-101) was recently recognized by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) for her legislative support and advocacy for gifted children all across the state.

Last session, lawmakers in both chambers voted unanimously in favor of Public Act No. 17-82, An Act Concerning Services for Gifted and Talented Students. The legislation would help promote programs that address the intellectual, social and emotional needs of these students while also providing educators with training and professional development.

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Rep. Kokoruda said. “Children are our future and anything we can do to promote the importance of education as well as reward gifted and talented students in Connecticut is always a priority of mine.”

According to CAG, their mission is “to support and advocate for Connecticut’s gifted, talented, and high-potential children of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds so they are identified and provided access and opportunities to an appropriate education by personnel trained and qualified to meet their cognitive, social, and emotional special needs” with the goal to “provide parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high quality professional development, and Boards of Education with the tools to support talented students.”

Rep. Kokoruda Participates in Madison’s Memorial Day Ceremonies

Posted on May 31, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Memorial Day Essay Finalists Ana Flanagan and Seth Gyllestein and Commander Donna Farrell during the Memorial Day ceremony in Madison on Saturday, May 26, 2018. In the spirit of the Memorial Day holiday, middle school students from Brown Middle School, Our Lady of Mercy School, and Country School in Madison were asked to submit essays on the topic: ‘Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?’

Finalists read their essays during Madison’s Memorial Day ceremonies and finalists from each school will be invited to a presentation ceremony on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. at Madison Town Hall during a Board of Selectman meeting where they will receive special recognition from Rep. Kokoruda.

Finalist Hazel Siu read her essay on Friday, May 25, 2018 during a ceremony held at Brown Middle School in Madison.

 

Memorial Day 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018 by admin


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Memorial Day arrives this weekend, and it is a time to reflect on the service of those who answered our nation’s call in times of armed conflict, and made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure future generations of Americans would remain free.

Below is a list of some important events happening in our district this weekend to commemorate this national holiday and the heroic actions of those who fought in the name of our freedom.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2018

Durham

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade from the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street, and then continue down Main Street to the Durham Town Green. Parade participants should assemble at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30. The parade will take place rain or shine. Immediately following the parade there will be a ceremony at the Town Green honoring our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen.

Madison

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. – The Memorial Day Parade kicks off from Downtown Madison stopping at the Town Green in front of Memorial Town Hall for a ceremony. The parade will then continue to West Wharf Cemetary, with a final ceremony at West Wharf around 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

I wish you and your family the best this Memorial Day weekend.

Sincerely,

Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District

Rep. Kokoruda Supports Bill to Improve Classroom Safety and Prevent Disruptive Behavior

Posted on May 9, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison, Durham), House Republican Caucus Chair and member of the legislature’s Education Committee, voted in favor of H.B. 453, An Act Concerning Classroom Safety And Disruptive Behavior.

The bill would require schools to add daily classroom safety to their school climate plans, require reporting of safety incidents to the State Department of Education, protect teachers and develop intervention and prevention strategies.

“I am proud to support legislation that puts in place protocols to help protect students and staff from dangerous conduct; and to promote dialogue between administration and classroom teachers to start addressing these problems,” said Rep. Kokoruda.

“Keeping our schools safe is always of the upmost importance,” added Rep. Kokoruda.

Rep. Kokoruda who serves on the Education Committee also co-sponsored the legislation. The bill passed the House by 124-25 and the Senate by 36-0. The bill now awaits Governor Malloy’s signature.To read more about this and other legislation visit www.cga.ct.gov.

Rep. Kokoruda Expresses Opposition to Tolling for Legislative Reconsideration of Toll Proposals

Posted on May 4, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Noreen Kokoruda expressed her optimism to Connecticut commuters and taxpayers after the Speaker of the House announced this week he is unlikely to bring a proposal related to the installation of electronic tolls up for a vote in the House of Representatives this year.

Crediting “significant pressure from toll opponents,” the representatives noted that majority leadership does not believe there are sufficient votes to pass the tolls legislation.  However, they warned that until legislation related to tolls actually receives an up-or-down vote in the House, tolls could still be a part of the final budget package for the state.

As an alternative to funding Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund without the need for tolls, Rep. Kokoruda joined her caucus in offering their own plan for a long-term solution to advance transportation in Connecticut as a component of their budget adjustments proposal.  “Prioritize Progress” creates a predictable and sustainable funding stream to ensure that transportation will be prioritized for the next three decades, largely by reserving existing General Obligation Bonds exclusively for transportation projects and establishing a board to assess proposed projects and identify urgencies.

“Tolls are not a viable option for fixing Connecticut’s fiscal crisis,” said Rep. Kokoruda.  “Instead of trying to think of more ways to make it more expensive to live in Connecticut, we can prioritize transportation funding in the budget. We must focus on fiscal stability and not placing more of a burden on our Connecticut taxpayers. I support the Transportation plan put forth by House and Senate Republicans, which does NOT raise any taxes or require tolls.”

“We have an obligation to the state and the taxpayers of this state, and I hope that before the session ends, we can provide some solutions for the state of Connecticut and for our constituencies,” added Rep. Kokoruda.

The 2018 legislative session concludes on May 9.