Month: April 2016

Play!! Diane Levin lecture May 4th at Yale

April 29, 2016

It’s not too late!  Come to Yale and hear Diane Levin speak about Endangered Play, Endangered Development Why Play is Even More Important in the 21st Century Diane Levin May 4, 2016           6:30 – 8:30 pm Yale School of Management FREE and Open to the Public Visit the Gesell Institute website for information on all 65th Anniversary activities.  


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Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” – Sensory Friendly Performance

April 26, 2016

Imagine parents honestly being able to enjoy the music that their children enjoy. Imagine soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and learning how to be polite. Imagine a diverse, and incredibly hip duo, teaching children through music on an animated train…. And Choo-Choo Soul is born! The Saturday, June 25, 2016 performance at the Bushnell is a sensory-friendly performance designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.


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Comedy Night to celebrate Mental Health Awareness

April 22, 2016

What: Don’t miss the Poster Sisters of Imperfection! Side-splitting sisters Patty Konjoian & Gina Gallagher, authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, present “A Humorous Look at Parenting Children with Special Needs” Where: Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT 06340 When: Wednesday, May, 11, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm Why: To create awareness and acceptance of children with behavioral health care needs, both in the foster care system and throughout our community. Costs: $10.00 per person, includes dessert buffet, coffee & tea. Take a Break from the Kids, Come to Comedy Night! Ticket Purchase Options: Register online with … Continue reading


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Fun for Families & Little Ones – STEM activities

April 21, 2016

During the early years when children begin to develop language and social skills, they’re also learning about early science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through play and everyday interactions.  STEM learning is a critical part of child development and can happen anytime, anywhere. The real-life skills that children learn when exploring STEM help make them better problem-solvers and thinkers. IDEA Part C includes early numeracy and early literacy as important skills for infants and toddlers. “Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM” tip sheet for Parents offers fun ways to add a daily dose of STEM learning into families’ regular … Continue reading


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Supporting Military Families

April 18, 2016

Military families experience many unique challenges that may be misunderstood by civilian providers. What happens to families after separation from the military? If the service member has changed due to physical injury, traumatic loss, PTSD, depression and anxiety, or traumatic brain injury—costs of war borne also by spouses, children, and parents—the challenges of transition are intensified. To prepare mental health providers to assist veteran families in their transition to the community, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has posted the factsheet After Service: Veteran Families in Transition. Providers will find information about veteran families’ experiences, challenges, and opportunities that accompany their transition … Continue reading


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Immigrant & Refugee Families – Resource

April 13, 2016

In 2015, 97 refugees were resettled in Bridgeport with the help of the International Institute of CT (iiconn). IICONN is a statewide provider of legal immigration services that is recognized by the U. S. Board of Immigration Appeals. They offer a full array of legal immigration services, including court representation, victim assistance, and asylum application assistance. They serve clients with critical immigration concerns that include: Reunification with family members Applying for permanent resident status Preparing for citizenship and naturalization Resolving issues related to their status as a victim of human trafficking or victim of a violent crime such as domestic … Continue reading


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Ending Family Homelessness

April 11, 2016

Join the CT Office of Early Childhood and the Partnership for Strong Communities on Tuesday April 26 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM to hear: Sharon McDonald, Director for Families and Youth at the National  Alliance to End Homelessness highlight national best practices and promising strategies Kathryn Parr, University of CT  presenting cost impact findings Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor and other panelists discussing state-level strategies to support families with unstable housing and prevent or reduce homelessness Free and open to the public The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (directions: www.lyceumcenter.org)   Register now: https://2016apriliforum.eventbrite.com More information: www.pschousing.org/2016-iforums  


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Training for All Program Directors – May 2nd

April 1, 2016

As part of our intensive trainings regarding Birth to Three practices, we have a day with Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden specifically for Program Directors or high level supervisors.   The morning (9-12) will provide an overview of the research, rationale, and process for using evidence-based practices in early childhood intervention. The focus will be on the three practice areas of natural learning environment practices; coaching as an evidence-based strategy for interacting with parents and team members; and characteristic and use of a primary service provider approach to teaming. The afternoon ( 1-4 ) will focus on Implementation: Leadership Tools for Supporting Fidelity … Continue reading


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