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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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    Assistive Techology Guidelines

    November 4, 2014

    The Assistive Technology Guidelines for Part C have been posted


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    Birth to Three Trainings

    November 4, 2014

    We have several trainings coming up on our December Training Calendar: Babies Have Lots To Learn: Focus on Motor Development in the First Year:   Presented by Linda Bamonte PT, DPT (Birth to Three Training Office) and Cindy Jackson, MSPT, C.NDT (Children’s Therapy Services). Focus will be on key points of typical motor development in the first year of life with emphasis on “quality” motor performance. CT. Early Learning & Development Standards:  The CT. Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) were developed through the work of the CT. Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Learning Standards Workgroup, and included input from the Birth to Three System.  … Continue reading


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    Routines-Based Home Visiting Institute

    November 4, 2014

    Siskin Children’s Institute is taking applications for the Routines-Based Home Visit Training Institute, occurring April 20-24, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This week-long intensive professional-development event will provide participants with hands-on training on home-visiting practices according to the Routines-Based Model.


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    Zero to Three – Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

    November 4, 2014

    Read the latest research-based guidelines for screen use for children under 3 years old from Zero To Three.  


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    SPEECH SOUND DISORDER (SSD)

    October 28, 2014

    Now that the diagnosis of SSD has been utilized for several months and program staff have given feedback there will be a few changes to the process to expedite the child being made eligible and allow the program to ensure an audiological is completed as part of the assessment. Children with a speech sound disorder can now be determined to be eligible for services prior to having an audiological evaluation completed. However, since the audiological assessment is integral to determining appropriate IFSP services, an Interim IFSP must be completed that identifies the needs for an audiological to complete the assessment … Continue reading


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    Have you ever seen this?

    October 28, 2014

    Even if you have – it’s worth looking over again! AGREED UPON MISSION AND KEY PRINCIPLES FOR PROVIDING EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES IN NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS    


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    Leadership in a Diverse Society
 

    October 21, 2014

    Leadership in a Diverse Society with Birth to Three providers. The event will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford. There is no charge; however, registration is required. To register: Web: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LeaderITR Email: itr@hartford.edu Phone: 860.768.5590


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    ICC Meeting Oct 27, 2014

    October 20, 2014

    Please come join us at our next Interagency Birth to Three Coordinating Council meeting on Monday, October 27, 2014 (9:00-12:15) at Connecticut Behavioral Partnership-ValueOptions 500 Enterprise Drive-3rd Floor Conference Room (Hartford) Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Your input to the Council is important; the agenda is posted on the Birth to Three website (www.birth23.org).


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    Eligibility Rates by Program by Month

    September 26, 2014

    A program recently asked us to update the FY12 eligibility rate report on the data verification page here at Birth23.org. Here is the link to the new report which breaks it down even further by month. You can always find it by clicking on How Are We Doing? on the left of the Home tab and selecting Data Verification. If your data seems well above or below the average (+/- 12%) you might want to look into why.


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    Procedures FAQs and Updates

    September 17, 2014

    From time to time we get questions about the procedures and policies we all use. As needed, we will provide a link here in the blog to Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents. In some cases these FAQs will include information that should be reflected in the procedure but we don’t want to change the procedures too often. So we all stay on the same page without getting too confused, when we do change a procedure we will post that notice here. If you print out the procedures, it will be important to make sure that the one you have printed … Continue reading


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    A Relevant and Free Webinar Oct. 28th from 4-5 p.m.

    September 17, 2014

    This webinar is provided by the AUCD’s Early Intervention/ Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group Health Literacy Principles and Adult Education Strategies to Engage Families in Early Intervention Services Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET Click here to register: https://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=7628 Webinar Outcomes: At the end of the presentation, participants will: • Identify evidence-based approaches to enhance family engagement in early intervention services. • Identify and apply health literacy principles and adult education strategies to facilitate provider-caregiver interaction. • Use effective communication strategies to enhance coaching. Webinar Description: Service provision in early intervention requires effective communication between … Continue reading


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    Don’t Get Closed Out of Birth to Three Trainings with National Presenters!

    September 8, 2014

    The full year of Birth to Three trainings is on the website with a schedule including many exciting, national presenters.  This is a wonderful way to meet continuing education requirements for little/no cost.  You can register for all trainings on the Birth to Three Calendar.  REGISTER soon so you will not be closed out!


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    Give Yourself 15 Minutes

    September 8, 2014

    This video is worth every one! Rosemary Taylor-Stein, of the HOPE Infant Family Support Program, San Diego County Office of Education, and Karis and Mike Johnson tell about Harper Hope and the role of early intervention. Family members and practitioners alike will enjoy and benefit from this story so please share this. Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03) This is an important video for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services as well as for current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike share intimate reflections … Continue reading


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    Transition Conferences – whose job is it anyway?

    August 29, 2014

    Years ago we learned that Part C of the IDEA requires that the service coordinator convenes a transition conference between 9 months and 90 days before the child’s 3rd birthday. Part B of the IDEA requires that the LEA participate in that meeting. Since our compliance is measured by whether or not the conference was held on time (and not whether the LEA participated), we are the ones who must schedule and hold the conference on time. Please be sure to invite the LEA to the conference with enough notice so they can make it. You also want to allow … Continue reading


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    Autism Presentation and Discussion

    August 26, 2014

      The CT Birth to Three System will be sponsoring a gathering open to all providers who support families and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please consider joining us for a topical presentation and open discussion on September 23, 2014 from 1-3:30 at Neat 33 Coventry St, Hartford, CT 06112. Registration is limited.  Register Online Here About the Presenter: Jennifer Bogin, M.S.ed, BCBA is the Director of the Division of Autism Spectrum Services at the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.  In her role she oversees the implementation of two statewide Medicaid waiver programs that provide a variety of services to … Continue reading


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    Updated Assistive Technoloy Guidelines

    August 26, 2014

    The update AT Guidelines for Part C have been posted under Service Guidelines. A link to the complete AT Guideline with Part B and Part C, as well as the Executive Summary are also available on the Service Guideline page.


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