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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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    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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