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STATE SENATOR

Marilyn Moore

Honesty & Integrity

A “Champion” for Children

I am honored to be named a 2018 ‘Children’s Champion’ by The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance in recognition of my efforts to pass legislation that improves the lives of children in our state. I received the award while visiting pre-school children at the Bridgeport YMCA last week.

District Wide

When I look at these children, I see Connecticut’s future. I believe that as legislators, it’s important that we continue to work with child advocates like the CT Early Childhood Alliance to ensure that all of our children are receiving the resources they need to be adequately taken care of, educated, and healthy as they enter adolescence.

Every year, 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.

This year I fought for legislation that:

  • Makes it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations
  • Allows the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list
  • Makes it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for school readiness and state-funded centers
  • Mandates insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations

Swimming Safety

While I continue to fight for our children at the State Capitol, it’s important that everyone is taking care of the kids in their own lives by making water safety a priority this summer.

Drowning is the leading injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old and it’s the third leading cause of death among children in the United States.

I met with one of the lifeguards at Bridgeport’s YMCA to talk about pool safety, and I’d like to share that information with you. Together, we can continue to have a safe, fun summer.

District Wide

Follow these water-safety tips:

  • Never leave your child unattended around water. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water
  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. (Adults can take turns by passing around this Water Watcher card)
  • While swimming in a public place, always swim where there is a lifeguard on duty. (But it’s important to supervise your own child even when there is a lifeguard present)
  • Sign your child up for swim lessons at a young age to increase their comfort level in the water and decrease their risk of drowning
  • Empty wading pools, tubs, bucks and containers after use. When finished, store these items upside down and out of children’s reach
  • As a parent, knowing CPR could save your child’s life (some local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer training)

Teach your kids to:

  • Ask an adult before going near water
  • Wear a personal flotation device
  • Stay by the shore or shallow side
  • Swim with a partner
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather

For more information on water safety, check out these Swimming Safety Tips.