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April 10, 2014 —Senators Williams, Bartolomeo and Doyle joined local pre-K program leaders at Snow School in Middletown to show support for a historic, ten-year commitment of $200 million that will help 50,000 children receive a high quality pre-K education.
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Danté Bartolomeo was elected in November 2012 to serve the 13th State Senatorial District communities of Meriden, Cheshire, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall.
Danté is Senate Co-Chair of both the legislature’s Committee on Children and the Housing Committee, and is a member of the Education and Internship committees.
One of the signature accomplishments of Senator Bartolomeo’s first session in the General Assembly was her authorship and the unanimous, bipartisan passage of a new state law (Public Act 13-178) that seeks to reduce mental, emotional and behavioral health issues in children through early identification and intervention, better communication and consistency between home visitation programs, and other new initiatives.
Danté served on the Meriden City Council from July 2008 until December 2012, rising to the position of Deputy Majority Leader. She also served as chair of the Public Works and Parks & Recreation Committee, vice-chair of the Finance Committee, and Council Liaison to the Board of Education.
Prior to serving on the City Council, Danté was a dedicated community advocate who devoted herself to Meriden’s citizens. Between 2005 and 2008, Danté was a member of the Board of Directors of Meriden’s Children First Initiative, an organization committed to supporting children under age eight. She also served as community organizer for healthcare4every1, an advocacy campaign organized by the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut to provide access to quality, affordable health care.
Danté is a member of the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP and was a two-year co-president of Nathan Hale Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization. She also served as a member of the Meriden Board of Education’s Full-Day Kindergarten Committee from 2005 to 2007. That committee allowed Meriden to expand the program from just four classrooms to citywide as of January 2013, including three bilingual classes.
Danté graduated from Mercy High School in Middletown in 1987 and cum laude from Colby College in 1991 with a B.A. in psychology. During her time in college, she served as vice president of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology. She was employed in sales and marketing for the hotel industry from 1991-1996, and was a part-time consultant from 1998-2000.
Danté has been married for many years to her husband Doug, who is a Youth Detective with the Berlin Police Department. Together they have two sons, Riley and Cameron.
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April 9, 2014 Senator Bartolomeo helps to unveil the Smart Start plan, a ten-year commitment to provide pre-K education to 50,000 children.
April 8, 2014 —Senator Bartolomeo gives a synopsis of some of the issues that she has worked on during the 2014 legislative session.
March 21, 2014 —Senator Bartolomeo and child sex abuse prevention advocate Erin Merryn call for the passage this year of Connecticut’s version of Erin’s Law.