Birth to Three Blog

    Is that diagnosis an established condition?

    July 5, 2017

    Knowing which diagnoses and ICD-10 codes confer automatic eligibility is vital – and subject to change. Contact Eileen with any questions about medical information that you receive when you are unsure about how it affects Birth to Three eligibility. Look at the updated lists here.    


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    Don’t Leave Babies in Cars!

    July 3, 2017

    Every Summer, children die because they were left in the car… “…for just a few minutes.” “I didn’t want to wake him.” “She had a sippy cup of juice with her…” “I left his sister in charge.” Please share these information sheets and tips with your families to help prevent these tragedies. English       Spanish NEVER leave a baby in the car without a responsible adult, any season of the year.


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    Change in Family Payment Process & Billing Vendor

    June 29, 2017

    The Connecticut Birth to Three System has contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to process Family Cost Participation payments.  Beginning July 1, 2017 PCG will replace Summit Technologies and will manage the invoice, payment process and suspension letters. Read this letter for full details.    


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    Failure to Thrive and Oral Aversion in Immigrant Infants and Toddlers

    June 27, 2017

    Recent research on the increased frequency of developmentally and physical normal infants and toddlers of immigrant families presenting with a history of refusing to eat or take the breast or bottle for feeding.


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    Coaching Institute for Early Childhood – July 19 & 20

    June 16, 2017

    Are you interested in learning about coaching models and improving your practice? This two-day institute will support levels of beginner, intermediate and experienced coaches in the early intervention field. Outcomes: Examine different coaching models that support early childhood providers and parents; Learn more about the core principles of coaching as outlined by Rush & Shelden; Explore differences in coaching process when context/setting is considered; Reflect on your coaching disposition; Understand the different roles related to coaching vs. supervision vs. consultation. This training is sponsored by All Our Kin, CT. Birth to Three, CT. Head Start, Office of Early Childhood, EASTCONN, … Continue reading


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    Workshop: Promoting Social Competence

    June 16, 2017

     Promoting Social Competence: Using quality practices to plan and prevent challenging behaviors in young children.          UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is offering a summer workshop for Early Childhood professionals on the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective early childhood practices to address challenging behaviors. Areas of focus will include:  Precipitators of Behavior Challenges, Multi-Tiered Levels of Student Support, Curriculum and Adaptations, Family Partnerships, Relationships.   More Information!        


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    BDI 2 has new norms!

    June 16, 2017

    The BDI-2 NU has been released with new norms that reflect changes in race, region and socioeconomic status.  The changes in norms on the BDI-2 NU relative to the BDI-2 require slightly higher raw scores in several domains in order to achieve the same scaled score.  The effect in the 0-3 age group is not as significant as with the 3.5-5 year old group but is notable in the personal-social, adaptive and communication areas, making it more likely for children to meet eligibility criteria. The current BDI-2 kit remains valid however programs should purchase the new examiner manual which has … Continue reading


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    FREE Summer Meals for Kids!

    June 8, 2017

    Summer Meals Programs provide FREE, federally funded, healthy meals and snacks for children 18 and younger during the summer when school meals are no longer available. There are more than 600 Summer Meals locations statewide! The Summer Meals program is administered by the CT Department of Education. Click here for more information including a list of locations.


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    DADDY MATTERS (a 4-Part Web Series)

    June 5, 2017

    ZERO TO THREE ZERO TO THREE has teamed up with YouTube star La Guardia Cross to create “Daddy Matters,” a 4-part web series that launches today with new episodes every Friday through the month of June. We’ll kick things off with a Facebook Live tonight at 7pm Eastern. Please join us! Daddy Matters explores why dads matter and what matters to dads. La Guardia is the creator of New Father Chronicles which captures life with his adorable young daughters. His candid and always comedic take on life as a dad has drawn millions of engaged viewers and sparks lively conversations on his … Continue reading


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    Cranial Symposium through Hanger Clinic

    May 18, 2017

    On May 23, 2017 Hanger Clinic is sponsoring a clinic from 4 – 7:45 PM (dinner provided)  on Clinical and Therapeutic Approaches for Plagiocephaly,   Brachycephaly, and Craniosynostosis.  For more information see : Hanger Clinic Continuing Education  or for registration.  Birth to Three Providers can use the code “hangeredu” for free registration!    


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    New MOA with CT Dept. of Public Health

    May 12, 2017

    The Office of Early Childhood, Birth to Three System, and the CT Department of Public Health have shared interests for improving families’ access to health and developmental supports.  Recently, the ability to coordinate efforts was enhanced by a new Memorandum of Agreement. Terms are specified for confidential, limited data sharing to improve Birth to Three Child Find for infants and toddlers meeting Birth to Three automatic eligibility due to diagnoses of: lead poisoning deaf or hard of hearing extreme prematurity, extreme low birth weight, and selected birth defects including Zika-related disorders DPH tracking of these children will be enhanced by knowing when they … Continue reading


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    Supporting Military Families

    April 24, 2017

    Families with one or more members in the military often experience extraordinary stress. The Military Child Education Coalition is dedicated to providing supports to those families and the educational professionals in their lives.  Their goal is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family separation. Events, webinars, online courses and more are available.  For example, a webinar on “Helping Young Children Navigate Change”  may be found here.   Additional Parent-to-Parent, student-to-student and professional training opportunities can be accessed at: http://www.militarychild.org/ Please share the MCEC resource with your military-affiliated families and colleagues.


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    Promoting Safety and Connections with Fragile Infants and their Families

    April 17, 2017

    The CT Hospital Association and the CT Perinatal Quality Collaborative are sponsoring a free training on strategies for Promoting Safety and Connectedness: A philosophy of care for the high risk infant and  family. Friday, April 21 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM Keynote speaker Stephen W. Porges is a “Distinguished University Scientist” at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is the developer of the Polyvagal Theory linking the evolution of the autonomic nervous system to social behavior. There is no fee, but … Continue reading


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    Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

    April 13, 2017

    A Learning Forum on Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Building a Brighter Future for Infants & Toddlers: Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) 110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492 Click Here for Full Description and Registration http://us15.campaign-      


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    Early Autism

    April 5, 2017

    Yale School of Medicine —  Child Study Center — Cohen Auditorium 230 South Frontage Road New Haven, CT  06519 PRESENTED BY:  TODDLER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CLINIC Click for Registration Click for Full Agenda  


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    New information on Child Trauma

    March 31, 2017

      Infographic: Addressing Child Trauma in CT           The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) has published a new infographic showing the tremendous progress made in CT in addressing childhood trauma, as well as plans to address gaps in care for young children. CHDI also released an Issue Brief “Supporting Young Children Who Experience Trauma: The Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative.” It discusses the effects of trauma on young children and ways Connecticut can support young children who experience trauma.  


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    Family Preparedness Plan and recommendations released

    March 31, 2017

      Governor Malloy Announces the Release of the Family Preparedness Plan  On Wednesday, March 29th, Governor Malloy announced the release of the Family Preparedness Plan, a step-by-step toolkit for parents who want to have a plan in place for a friend or family member to care for their children in the event that they are detained or deported. The toolkit urges families to have a designated “standby guardian” and contains a list of immediate steps that can be taken by parents or family members to ensure their children are cared for in the event of immigration enforcement. It also reminds … Continue reading


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    SSIP Phase III Final Draft available

    March 17, 2017

    The final draft of Phase III of  Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is online for review. Here is a draft of what will be submitted and a form used to track progress on the Evaluation Plan.  Comments are welcome until March 24 to Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.  To review the Logic Model and Evaluation Plan submitted in Phase II, click here. To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, please visit the SSIP webpage at http://www.birth23.org/accountability/spp/ssip/ also available via the Birth23.org Home page menus on the left under How are we doing? > State Performance Plan > SSIP.


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    World Down Syndrome Day = 3/ 21

    March 13, 2017

    Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day! What does 3/21 mean to you? CT Down Syndrome Congress invites you to consider it in the way families of a child with Down syndrome might: the uniqueness of the genetic triplication that leads to Down syndrome. They also encourage you to Rock Your Socks =  wear the brightest, eye-catching, possibly mis-matched socks you can find.  When you are asked, “What’s with the socks?” you have an opportunity to explain that you are celebrating all the wonderful things about people with Down syndrome while helping to advocate for  individual rights, inclusion, and respect.


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    Immigrant and Refugee Families – information and resources

    March 6, 2017

    Governor Dannel Malloy and OEC Acting Commissioner Linda Goodman recently sent a letter and list of resources to all state-funded early care and education providers. The letter is in response to the recent presidential executive order on immigration matters and corresponding implementation memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It provides guidance  to state-funded early care and education providers outlining suggested protocols to develop and implement. While this letter was sent to state-funded providers, the guidance could be useful to any early care and education provider across the state.  Some of the protocol will be different for services provided in … Continue reading


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