Birth to Three Blog

    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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    University of Hartford Certification and non-Certification courses

    August 25, 2014

    Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Early Childhood Education Non – Certification Route Birth to Three Partnership Curriculum The general curriculum without certification is designed to provide students with graduate level study in early childhood education. This program is right for you if you intend to teach in early childhood programs or work in agencies in which certification is not required. The Birth to Three Partnership Curriculum would be appropriate if you are entering the Connecticut Birth to Three workforce. In addition, teachers utilize the general curriculum without certification to meet professional licensure requirements. For more information  http://www.hartford.edu/enhp/files/pdf/ecem_noncert_partnership.pdf


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    Birth to Three Trainings – Fall 2014

    August 25, 2014

    Please check the Birth to Three Calendar for many training opportunities coming this Fall!  The calendar includes Birth to Three trainings as well as trainings sponsored by other agencies. Check out our Fall Trainings 2014 – At A Glance.  0-3 trainings include: Working with Families in Challenging Situations, Speech Sound Disorders, Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Early Start Denver Model, Motor Skills in the First Year.  Some interesting trainings outside of 0-3 include: Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP), Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO), Feeding/Swallowing conferences, and many others.  Don’t get closed out – Registration links are found on the … Continue reading


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    Childcare Funds available for Children in Shelters

    August 21, 2014

    The Children in Shelters Childcare Assistance Fund supports homeless families with childcare costs. Thanks to the CT Coalition to End Homelessness and generous support from the U.S. Department of Housing, this fund is continuing to accept new applications. Children in Shelters is open to families living in emergency shelters (including domestic violence shelters) or enrolled in the CT Rapid Rehousing Program.  It may pay for childcare fees at a licensed facility or licensed individual provider for a child under the age of 6 and their eligible siblings, as well as transportation needs, such as bus passes or gas cards. Children in Shelter provides up … Continue reading


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    Great webinar on “Early Motor Delays” from AAP

    August 15, 2014

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is hosting a Webinar series, “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation – Do you know what to look for?” the next session of which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at 3pm Eastern Time. A description of the Webinar and link to the registration page are below. Registration is open and space is limited, so sign up today!   Patient Care if Motor Delay is Identified – Do You Know the “Red Flags” to Look For? Faculty: Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Trainings

    August 12, 2014

    The Calendar-At-A-Glance for the Fall 2104 Birth to Three trainings is now available on the website: Birth to Three Trainings 2014.  It can be found by looking in “For Providers”, under Professional Development.


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    Be On the Lookout for Trainings!

    August 5, 2014

    The year-at-a glance training calendar for the Birth to Three System will be out very soon but in the meantime, the first several conferences include:  Working With Families in Challenging Situations, Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders – Implications for Birth to Three, Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention with Dathan Rush & M’Lisa Sheldon, and the Early Start Denver Model.  Please refer to the Birth to Three Calendar


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    National Child Outcomes Data 2012-2013

    August 1, 2014

    The ECTA Center staff will present the recently analyzed national child outcomes data for 2012-2013 including completeness of the data and some pattern checking to explore what is behind the national numbers. In addition, states will learn about updated resources including the 2012-2013 national graphing template, 2012-2013 eligibility category comparison template and more. Session Overview Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:00 pm EDT Register by Monday, August 25, 2014 Call-in and screen share information will be e-mailed to registered participants the day of the webinar. Registrations for this webinar are being taken at: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etUfgTBCDPz7SsZ


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    Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates

    July 29, 2014

    An updated table of Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates for FY14 (7/1/13 – 6/30/14) has been posted on the Data Verification Tables page (Under How are we doing on the Home page Left menu).  Programs are encouraged to look at their data and update SPIDER.  If there are other reasons for being below 85%, please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.


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    Global Reporting and Child Outcomes Data

    July 18, 2014

    There is a new video  on the website that walks you through how to download and manipulate the raw child outcome data that is in SPIDER.   The link is listed on the SPIDER Video Manual page under the For Providers menu to the left.


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    New Evaluation and Assessment Pathways Exam!

    July 15, 2014

    The exam meets the requirement for a three credit course for the Early Intervention Specialist (EIS).Birth to Three worked with Charter Oak State College to produce an Evaluation and Assessment Pathways Examination.  This test was developed to enable students to earn college credit for demonstrating mastery of content knowledge equivalent to that which is learned in a full semester lower-level college course in Infant-Toddler Evaluation & Assessment.    For more information: http://www.charteroak.edu/exams/cosc.cfm


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    Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention

    July 15, 2014

    We are pleased to be supporting an initiative with nationally recognized presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Sheldon: “Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention: Use of Natural Learning Environments, Coaching, and Primary Provider Approach to Teaming”. This is a wonderful opportunity for in-depth training and collaboration with these leaders in the field including 2 webinars, a 2 day Institute, and 6 months of follow-up TA support.  Applications have been emailed to all program directors and are due by August 7, 2014.


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    New Files and Temporary Ones

    July 11, 2014

    If you are looking for a new version of a procedure or form or file and the old version opens instead of the new, please be sure that you have deleted your temporary internet files and then try again.  If after that you still see the old file, do let us know.


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    Email Sign up Widget Added to Blog Screen

    July 8, 2014

    If you are reading this in an email from the Connecticut Birth to Three System, you can stop here – your email address has already been added to the automated process for sending out blog post summaries once a week. If you are reading this from Feedburner or another reader app or directly on the Birth23.org website and have not been receiving blog post summaries via email (usually around noon on Tuesday), you can now sign up right on Birth23.org. Go to the Blog tab, scroll down and look for the last widget on the left. It looks like this:


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    OSEP Determinations

    July 1, 2014

    Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 7th year in a row… “The Department has determined that Connecticut meets the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.”   That may not sound like a lot but it means a great deal. The only way we could continue to meet all of the requirements of Part C of IDEA year after year is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition to all the … Continue reading


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    Family Cost Participation Form

    July 1, 2014

    Happy July 1!! Today is the first day of using the new family cost participation form with all new families. We are also hoping that you will gradually have all of your families fill out this new form, particularly those families that have many months before their annual.  The two links below will take you to learning modules that we have prepared especially for providers to walk you through the process of filling out the new form. Filling Out the Family Cost Participation Form Talking to Families about Money We are working on a video to explain our form to … Continue reading


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    Are you interested in starting a Local Interagency Coordinating Council in your community?

    June 26, 2014

    The Birth to Three System is interested in funding new community Local Interagency Coordinating Councils (LICC). Currently LICC’s exist in Danbury, Torrington and Lower Fairfield area. Connecticut’s LICCs are independent advisory bodies; therefore their internal structure is as individualized as the LICC itself. LICCs are required by statute to meet at least four times per year.  Most LICCs meet more often or hold additional events on interesting topics each year.  Most LICCs, however, have one, two, or three identified chairs or officers to enhance group direction, facilitate the LICC planning and implementation of activities, and ensure completion  of the necessary … Continue reading


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    Act Early Webinar

    June 13, 2014

    Learn the Signs. Act Early. Improving Early Identification for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities Friday, June 27 1 EDT,  12 CDT,  11 MDT,  10 PDT  You are invited to participate in this ECTA Center webinar which will feature the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign.  You will learn about the program components, tools, and resources. And you will learn how these tools and resources have been used in coordinated, cross sector developmental monitoring, screening and Child Find to improve early identification for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  LTSAE Factsheet Presenters: Camille Smith, CDC  – “Learn the … Continue reading


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