Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurial Initiative

RWCFI Launching Important New Project

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Powerful New Footage for Documentary Project

Interview with Mims Butterworth

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Holocaust Survivor Provides Disturbing Insight

Sees Parallels Between Current Events and Nazis

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New Board Member Joins the RWCFI Team

Introducing Elba Cruz

RWCFI introduces new Board Member Elba Cruz. Elba Cruz has dedicated her life and career to helping children and families in need of support. She served as a social worker for the City of Hartford  Health and Human Services Department for more than 25 years and is a founding member and officer of the Hartford Multinational Lions Club. She serves on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford, the Hispanic Health Council, and is a Village for Families and Children Corporator.


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RWCFI Makes Donation to Flint, Michigan

In Wake of Flint Water Crisis

The RWCFI worked with the IDA Institute to organize the donation of ten full Infant and Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA) kits to the Flint Michigan Birth to Three special education program. The IDA will be used to evaluate and monitor the developmental status and progress of Flint children affected by their lead exposure.


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Best Practice for Developmental Assessment

The IDA Second Edition Now Available

RWCFI recognizes the work of the IDA Institute as best practice for developmental assessment of young children. The new Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment–Second Edition (IDA-2) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, family-centered assessment to identify children birth to 3 years of age who are developmentally at risk. Based on the IDA findings children and families receive developmental support and intervention programs aimed at positive developmental outcomes. 


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Ivan Backer's "Train to Freedom"

A Holocaust Survivor's Important Memoir

RWCFI congratulates Ivan Backer of Hartford Connecticut on the release of his new book "My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy's Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism,” He is 86 years old and has spent his life working to benefit the poor, the disenfranchised, people whose voices were not heard. His entire adulthood, every time Backer needed to act on an important matter, questions would pop into his mind.

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Discrimination Begins in Preschool

UCLA's Civil Rights Project

RWCFI Board Members examine the February 2015 report from UCLA's Civil Rights Project that examines out-of-school suspension data for every school district in the country and finds that nearly 3.5 million children—about six out of every 100 public school students—were suspended at least once during the 2011-12 school year, with close to half of those (1.55 million) suspended multiple times. The study shows discriminatory these preschool expulsions vary dramatically with age, gender, and race.


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