Deborah Zipkin is the Director of the Family Resource Center (FRC) at Charter Oak Academy, a public elementary school in West Hartford, CT. One of 60 programs funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Charter Oak FRC offers programs that link families and schools and include early childhood programs, adult education, positive youth activities, resource and referral, and training and support for home childcare providers. Under Ms. Zipkin's direction, the FRC has achieved national recognition, including selection as a School of the 21st Century Demonstration Site by the Bush Center at Yale University and selection by Working Mother Magazine as "one of the ten best programs for today's families" (September, 1999).
Ms. Zipkin is a member of the Statewide People Empowering People Advisory Committee and the Connecticut Parents Plus statewide advisory panel. She has a master's degree in education and has taught first grade.
Before moving to Connecticut, she was an early childhood educator and the director of a parenting center in the Bronx, New York. She has written articles for All Children Considered, Mothering Magazine, Family Computing, and many newspapers.