State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Families & Children


Dan Malloy: 21-year-old son arrested in robbery, suffering depression

Speaking to a crowd of about 100 people at a West Hartford synagogue , Gov. Malloy plowed through his usual set of talking points on jobs, the economy and the state budget. Then, near the end of a question-and-answer session, someone in the audience asked about mental health policy and Malloy's brisk, business-like public persona abruptly dissolved.

"By the way," he said, pausing for a long beat, "One of my own sons suffers from mental health challenges. I have some expertise in this area personally." He quickly retreated back to the more comfortable terrain of government policy. Malloy has never been big on Oprah-style expressions of emotion.

In 2009, when Malloy was still mayor of Stamford, his then-21-year-old son Ben was arrested in connection with an attempted robbery. At the time, Malloy and his wife, Cathy, released a statement saying their son suffered from an "emotional illness." The Malloys recounted their middle son's struggle with what they said was a form of depression.

Source: The Hartford Courant on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Mar 16, 2014

Dan Malloy: Permanently establish the Office of Early Childhood

Tamara Jackson is a Hartford mom with two kids who are currently receiving early learning experiences. Her son Andrew was born two months premature, and she worried about his development. A little over a year ago Andrew moved into a new early education program. Tamara says his progress has been nothing short of remarkable.

With the help of some great teachers, he's already caught up to his peers. His experience has put him on equal footing, and given him the tools he needs to learn. Let's help more kids like Andrew by moving our state to universal pre-K.

It will be a long and thoughtful process, but if you believe as I do that education is the civil rights issue of our time, then I ask you to join me today in taking the first steps toward making sure every child has access to a pre-K experience.

This would build on our important work begun last year to create the Office of Early Childhood. We need to finish that work by codifying this Office in statute. I am ready to sign that legislation.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

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