Birth to Three Blog

    Reflective Supervision Groups Forming Soon

    February 17, 2015

    Aileen McKenna is meeting with Margaret Holmberg and Heidi Maderia from CT Association of Infant Mental Health to discuss starting up several new reflective supervision groups for Birth to Three providers. If you are interested or want more information please contact Aileen McKenna at aileen.mckenna@ct.gov or 860-418-6136.


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    Linda Bamonte, DPT was published!

    February 10, 2015

    Congratulations to our own Linda Bamonte, DPT for her article in this recent APTA Journal!


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    Rush & Shelden Training

    February 10, 2015

    Nine Birth to Three programs recently participated in several days of training with national presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden on Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention.  Everyone was excited and challenged to expand our thinking about our practices with children and families .  Now we will be moving forward with TA to the nine programs who attended, to support them in implementing these practices on a deeper level.  We are exploring ways to disseminate this information and practices to more programs.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more their books, The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook and … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Training – Developing Effective Sensory Diets – March 5 & 6

    February 6, 2015

    The trainer, Glen Wild MOT, OTR is a national presenter specializing in work with children with autism and sensory processing disorders. Learning objectives for this session include: (1) identify the three types of sensory modulation disorders; (2) utilize assessment results to formulate an effective sensory diet plan; (3) define the essential components in teaching self- modulation skills; (4) access research-based tools for creating visual sensory diet supports; (5) utilize provided forms and checklists to empower parents to support the children in their daily environments; and (6) identify sensory strategies to appropriately meet the needs of individual children.  Register through Birth … Continue reading


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    SPP/APR submitted and Tables by Program Posted

    February 3, 2015

    This is a link to the final combined (63 page) State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).  It was submitted to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs on January 29th, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years.  For more information about the SPP/APR, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included since it is not due until April 1, 2015. The public reporting tables that report performance by program or county have also been updated and are available here. You can find them anytime on Birth23.org under How Are We … Continue reading


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    FY14 Annual Data Report is available online

    February 2, 2015

    “Learning From Each Other” is the FY14 annual data report to the Governor and General Assembly about the activities of the CT Birth to Three System.  Explore data, read about the joys and challenges shared by families and providers, and learn how Birth to Three supports and collaboration with community partners made a positive difference for almost 10,000 families last year! Here is a direct link http://www.birth23.org/files/ADR/AnnualReportFY14.pdf and all of the reports can be found by visiting Birth23.org and clicking About Birth to Three > Annual Data Reports.  


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    OT Birth to Three Position

    January 26, 2015

    The CT. Birth to Three System currently has an opening in the Training Department for an Occupational Therapist with experience in delivering Part C services to children and families.  A main job responsibility is to develop and conduct training and provide technical assistance to Birth to Three private providers.  Closing date is February 2, 2015.  Birth to Three OT Job Posting.


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    What Are Other State Part C Systems Doing?

    January 20, 2015

    The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) recently posted the results of two 2014 surveys related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online.  These have interesting information about what is going on in other states. 2014 ITCA Tipping Points Survey – Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses – This survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty‐eight of the fifty-six states and jurisdictions responded to the … Continue reading


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    IYC Article about Using Signs from ISEI

    January 20, 2015

    The following is from an email  to members the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI).  Anyone can join for free and get these emails by signing up at their website listed below. ========================================== The journal Infants & Young Children (IYC) is published in conjunction with the ISEI.  As part of this relationship, the publisher of IYC has made available on the ISEI website (www.isei.washington.edu) an article from each issue of IYC for our members.  The article for this issue of IYC is: Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC/SLP and  Dana Battaglia, … Continue reading


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    Circle of Security Parenting Training for Professionals

    January 16, 2015

    Circle of Security Parenting Training© is a DVD parent education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS® protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate caregivers.  As noted on our Birth to Three Calendar, there is a training in New Britain, CT. in June 2015.  If you are interested in forming a group in order to secure a discounted rate, please contact linda.bamonte@ct.gov.


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    The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces the availability of funds through the Consumer Involvement Fund.

    January 13, 2015

    The Consumer Involvement Fund  (CIF) is a program that provides partial funding for individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members in Connecticut to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. The intent of the CIF is to promote consumer involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. For more information contact  Molly Cole, Director CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-418-6157, 800-653-1134, Molly.cole@ct.gov Please share this with others in Connecticut.  


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    Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)

    January 12, 2015

    The CT ELDS were developed through the work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Early Learning Standards Workgroup and published by the Office of Early Childhood. In addition, over 100 state and national experts participated in some way during the development process, helping to ensure a strong and comprehensive set of Early Learning Standards for Connecticut.  The CT ELDS and a document that aligns the standards with the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) can now be found on the Birth to Three website.


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    Upcoming Trainings

    January 12, 2015

    We have many exciting trainings coming up in the next several months. Please refer to the Birth to Three Calendar for details. January – Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders; Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention (Rush & Shelden) March – Developing Effective Sensory Diets; Service Coordination; Together We Will: Use a Framework for Social Emotional Success April – Young Children’s Play in Early Intervention May – Effects of Stress & Trauma on the Social Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers June –  The Whole Pie Framework for Pediatric Feeding July – Service Coordination Also listed on the website calendar are opportunities … Continue reading


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    The SSIP is taking shape

    January 6, 2015

    What is the SSIP?  The State Systemic Improvement Plan is the newest indicator in the State Performance Plan required by section 616 of the IDEA.  This indicator is pretty comprehensive and involves all of the lead agency teams within Birth to Three; Family and Community Support, Provider Support, Fiscal Support, and Systems Support. A webpage dedicated to the three phase SSIP (we’re only in Phase 1) is updated after each meeting.  The last meeting was held on December 8th and the next will be February 23rd by when we hope to have a draft ready for review by the public.   Check out … Continue reading


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    Draft SPP/APR available for review

    December 24, 2014

    This is a link to the final draft of the new combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.  It is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 2, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years and the last two indicators have new numbers.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included in this draft since it is not due until April 1, 2015. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov or call her at 860.496.3073 no later than January … Continue reading


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    Unexpected Lives

    December 15, 2014

    If you haven’t already seen these family stories, you might enjoy them and want to pass the link along. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/12/ireport/unexpected-lives/ You should see large animated black text and then photos and then the stories. If your browser doesn’t play along, just try scrolling down to see all five stories.


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    Infant/Toddler Growth and Development Course

    December 11, 2014

    Gateway Community College is offering an Infant/Toddler course that also fulfills requirements for the Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care issued by Charter Oak State College and the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) Infant/Toddler Endorsement.  Infant Toddler Growth and Devt ECE 141 Spring 2015


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    The OEC Wants Your Input

    November 18, 2014

    The Office of Early Childhood Wants to Hear Your Ideas! This summer, the Office of Early Childhood convened a workgroup to generate recommendations about how to better coordinate Home Visiting Programs in Connecticut. The initial draft of recommendations (required by Public Act 13-178) are ready for your input! The recommendations represent a first step by the Office of Early Childhood towards improving the system of home visiting programs so that it better serves Connecticut families. To view the draft report, go to:  http://www.ct.gov/oec/cwp/view.asp?A=4547&Q=551372 Once you have reviewed the report, we ask that you please provide comments either by: Answering a … Continue reading


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    Division for Early Childhood’s 31st Annual International Conference

    November 18, 2014

    DEC is excited to accept proposal submissions for the Division for Early Childhood’s 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families taking place October 7 – 9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2015. The theme for the 2015 DEC Conference is “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right” – (MLK, 1964) for Young Children and Families. To learn more about the call for proposals go to www.dec-sped.org/proposals.


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    FY14 Town By Town Referrals and Children Served

    November 17, 2014

    Get the details for each town in Connecticut on: how many babies were born in 2013, how many referrals were made for a Birth to Three evaluation how many children were served by the CT Birth to Three System Check out your own town or the towns you serve by clicking here: Look for trend data by checking earlier fiscal year reports posted under About Birth to Three on the menu to the left , then select Annual Data Reports. For non-PDF versions of this data please contact Eileen.McMurrer@ct.gov.


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