Spreading Kindness with Connecticut’s Kid Governor

Available Now: The 2020-21 Toolkits Are Here!

Hot off the press! The Toolkits for Nominating and Voting Classes and Voting-Only Classes are here! Head to our Teacher and Class Resources page to check them out today!

Don’t forget to register for the fall, too! Registration is now OPEN!


A Message from the Connecticut’s Kid Governor Team

The Connecticut’s Kid Governor® team is looking forward to another exciting election season this fall. While there is uncertainty about this upcoming school year and how classrooms will look, we are committed to engaging 5th grade students in learning about civics and state government– in the classroom, at home, and in their communities.

We have created our signature Toolkits of lesson plans and resources to guide you through the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program. We are thinking through creative ways to adapt the program for this fall and welcome your suggestions and ideas. Now, more than ever, how to be engaged in our communities is an important lesson that all students should learn. We are committed to supporting you as you teach valuable civics lessons and skills to your 5th graders.


2020 CTKG Myra Stanfield Shares Her Educational Videos on Companion Pets and Shelters

As a part of her Standing Up for Animals in Need platform, CTKG Myra has created a four-part series of educational videos to inform and educate kids about companion animals in need and how they can help these animals.

Learn more about the series here.

Thank you to Ashley Marshall, Susan Wollschlager, and the Connecticut Humane Society for helping Myra with this educational video series!


Advocating for Animals: CTKG Myra Virtually Meets with U.S. Senator Blumenthal

CTKG Myra’s remarks during her virtual meeting with Senator Blumenthal and other Connecticut Animal Advocates.

On May 11th, 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Myra Stanfield participated in a virtual meeting with United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and other animal advocates from across Connecticut. The group discussed animal welfare during the COVID pandemic and Myra had the opportunity to speak about her Standing Up for Animals in Need platform.

Click HERE to watch the whole meeting.


Spreading Kindness with 2016 CTKG Elena Tipton

In 2016, Elena Tipton of East Hartford, was elected as the first ever Kid Governor for her Campaign for Kindness platform. While we are all social distancing, Elena has been creating weekly videos full of idea of how students, and adults, can show kindness to each other while social distancing. Check it out!


CTKG Myra Holds Her First Virtual Cabinet Meeting

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 CTKG Myra Stanfield held her first virtual Kid Governor’s Cabinet Meeting!

The Cabinet welcomes special guests Addison (Monroe, CT) and Sophia (West Hartford, CT) who were their schools’ nominees for the 2019 Statewide Election. Like Myra, they ran on animal-related platforms. The Cabinet also welcomes Jacqueline Ford from the Department of Children an Families (DCF) who talked about Myra’s Statewide Poster Contest, presented in partnership with DCF, Paws for Kids, and CT Family Day.

Highlights from the meeting included:

Want to learn more about the Cabinet Meeting? Follow our #CTKGCabinet tweets on Twitter!


Bringing Civic Learning into the Digital Classroom: Distance Learning Resources

The team at Connecticut’s Kid Governor has been hard at work adapting CTKG resources for distance learning and creating new activities. We’ve curated a list of resources for you to use with your students. Most are designed for 5th graders but can easily be adapted for younger and older students. Our resources are divided into five categories for easy planning: Kid Governor & Civic Action, State Government & Civics, Community, Leadership, and Voting. Check out these lessons and activities today!

Click HERE to check out our Distance Learning Resources.


May 2020 Highlight: 2019 CTKG Ella Appears on NBC’s Little Big Shots with Melissa McCarthy

On Sunday, May 3rd, 2019 Connecticut’s Kid Governor Ella Briggs was a guest on NBC’s Little Big Shots with Melissa McCarthy. CTKG Ella was recognized for her Pride-Hope-Love platform on the show. Watch her speech from the broadcast above and click HERE to learn more about 2019 CTKG Ella.


“We’re all in this together!”: CTKG Myra Shares a Message with Connecticut Students

This video is brought to you by Connecticut’s Kid Governor® and the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Connecticut’s Kid Governor Myra Stanfield recorded this special message for Connecticut students as they distance learn during COVID-19. She shares a message of positivity and encourages students to make a difference in their communities while social distancing.


Connecticut’s Kid Governor® is a national award-winning civics program created by The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House. The program is presented with major funding and support from CT Humanities and the Gawlicki Family Foundation, and in partnership with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies.