Legislative Supporters

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Senator Mae Flexer Reads to Young Children in Support of Reach Out and Read 

Senator Mae Flexer visited Mansfield Pediatrics on January 28 to read aloud to young children in support of Reach Out and Read. The children enjoyed listening to Senator Flexer as she read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Senator Flexer also presented all of the children with books to take home with them, as provided by Reach Out and Read.

"Pediatricians providing books to young children and their families is a critical investment in early learning," said state Senator Mae Flexer. "We're putting hundreds of kids on the path to success."

Thank you to Senator Flexer for your support of early literacy and the Reach Out and Read program!

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(left) Christine Garber, Executive Director, Reach Out and Read Connecticut; Dr. Anne Willenborg, Mansfield Pediatrics; Senator Mae Flexer ; (right) Senator Mae Flexer and children

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Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2015

On April 15, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance coordinated and sponsored Early Childhood Advocacy Day 2015 at the State Capitol. Thank you to all of the legislators and organizations that participated in support of Connecticut's children.  It was an amazing day!  Check out the photos below!

(left to right) Clifford with Connectiut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Senator Gary Holder-Winfield (D-10th District), and State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-6th District)

Clifford And Lt . Governor        

(left to right) Clifford with Kaite Ahearn, Director of Government Affairs at Reach Out and Read, Christine Garber, Connecticut Executive Director, Connectiut Reach Out and Read and Jessica Ciparelli, Communications Specialist, Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance


(left) Clifford and State Senator Ted Kennedy (lD-12th District), (right) Dr. Cynthia Roque, Reach Out and Read medical provider and Connecticut Advisory Board member with Clifford (right)


Clifford having fun on Early Childhood Advocacy Day! Arriving (left) and on the phone (right)


Federal and State legislators are always welcome to visit our programs and be a part of the important work that we do.  Reading to children is a great way to spend part of your day!  Take a look at those who have been part of the fun!

First Lady Cathy Malloy visiting Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT

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U.S. Legislators

Congressman Joe Courtney - Representing Connecticut's 2nd District (D) - Visiting Mansfield Pediatrics, Mansfield CT

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro - Representing Connecticut's 3rd District (D) - Visiting Middlesex Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Middletown CT

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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty - Representing Connecticut's 5th District  (D) - with Darlene Stromstad, President/CEO Waterbury Hospital -Visiting Alliance Medical Group, Middlebury CT

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Congressman Jim Himes - Representing Connecticut's 4th District (D) - Visiting Stamford Community Health Center, Stamford CT

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Connecticut State Legislators

Senator Dante Bartolomeo (D-13th District) Visiting Community Health Center, Inc., Meriden CT

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Senators Beth Bye (D - 5th District) and Terry Gerratana (D - 6th District) Visiting Pediatric Associates of Farmington, Farmington CT

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Senator Bob Duff (D-25th District) and Representative Chris Perone (D-137th District) Visiting Norwalk Community Health Center, Norwalk CT

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Congressman Matthew Lesser- Representing Connecticut's 100th District in the General Assembly (D)- Visitng Middlesex Hospital Family Residency Program, Middletown CT


Former Senator Andrea Stillman (D-20th District) Visiting Community Health Center, Inc., New London CT

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Representative Leszlye Zupkus (R-89th District) Visiting Pond Place Pediatrics, Prospect CT

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  Local Connecticut Impact
72 Reach Out and Read Programs
39,418 Children Served Annually
73,078 Books Distributed Annually
U.S. Totals
4.7 million
children served annually

Reach Out and Read's thousands of doctors and nurses promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy advice to parents.

Contact Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read National Center
89 South St, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02111