Birth to Three Blog

    3rd Annual Care Coordination Forum

    March 26, 2018

    EVENT DATE: May 3rd, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Sheraton Hartford South Hotel 100 Capital Boulevard Rocky Hill, CT It Starts With You Redefining Your Role in Change through Story, Substance and Strategy! Forum Goal: The Forum, hosted by Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination, convenes professionals from all sectors who work with children and families to learn from experts and exchange ideas. Our goal is to organize coordinators from all areas; healthcare, community-based, education, behavioral health, and more- in an effort to provide an effective and comprehensive care coordination system. To learn more about this year’s theme, registration … Continue reading


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    Back and Forth Exchanges Boost Children’s Brain Response to Language

    March 19, 2018

    Anne Trafton MIT News  — A landmark 1995 study found that children from higher-income families hear about 30 million more words during their first 3 years of life than children from lower-income families. This “30-million-word gap” correlates with significant differences in tests of vocabulary, language development, and reading comprehension. Massachusetts Institute of Technology cognitive scientists have now found that conversation between an adult and a child appears to change the child’s brain, and that this back-and-forth conversation is actually more critical to language development than the word gap. Click link for information:   http://news.mit.edu/2018/conversation-boost-childrens-brain-response-language-0214    


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    Treating Childhood Trauma

    March 14, 2018

    Oprah Winfrey’s report last night for 60 Minutes shined a spotlight on Treating Childhood Trauma, a subject close to our hearts and core to our mission. We know far too many children face adversity and trauma in the earliest years of their lives. ZERO TO THREE exists to ensure that, with caring adults and loving relationships, trauma is not their destiny. Our Chief Policy Officer Myra Jones-Taylor watched the story and responded. Of course, we then had to take it a “two-step” further… Oprah said she wishes she could dance on a table to help raise awareness for this topic, … Continue reading


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    Parent Leadership Training

    February 23, 2018

    Partners in Policymaking is a training program that is designed to build collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, service providers, and policy makers at national, state and local levels.  For the first time,  a shorter, modified training designed for parents of young children with disabilities ages birth to five will be offered – 4 Saturdays in April/May.  More information.


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    Perception of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition Related Outcomes for Children and Families

    February 2, 2018

    The A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at UConn Health is recruiting Part C (early intervention) Service Coordinators in the state of Connecticut for a research study.  Participation includes an interview conducted with a student researcher that will last about 1 hour at the convenience of the Service Coordinator,  regarding recent transitions for children and families from Birth to Three to preschool special education.  Please contact Annie George-Puskar, M.A. (student researcher): anne.george@uconn.edu    


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    CDC Launches Milestone Tracker App

    January 10, 2018

    To Learn More About This Free App Click the Link Below: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the launch of CDC’s Milestone Tracker—a free app for tracking every child’s development in a fun and easy way. This app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available through CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program.    


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    Draft 16-17 SPP/APR available for review

    December 27, 2017

    This is a link to the final draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2018.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2018 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2018.


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    CT Early Childhood Alliance Data Tool

    December 12, 2017

    If you don’t receive the EC Alliance emails, this tool was just posted and is a great way to look up data about infants and toddlers by town as compared to the state as a whole.   Where are your babies? http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/infants_and_toddlers


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    A New Resource in New Mexico’s Video Library

    December 11, 2017

    To My Early Intervention/Early Childhood Colleagues, I’m pleased to let you know about a video just added to New Mexico’s FIT FOCUS Video Library titled A Home Visit with Hailey’s Family: Learning to Coach with FGRBI (10:55). In this video, Jessi, an early intervention home visitor from New Mexico’s FIT program describes her work with Hailey and her parents, who are both military personnel. Jessi describes how she has made the transition to using a coaching approach and the benefits of coaching and Family Guided Routines Based Intervention. The video can be found at the top of the page at: … Continue reading


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    The Connecticut Women’s Consortium

    October 17, 2017

    Women, Babies, and the Opioid Epidemic: A Multi-System Approach Innovative Approach in Connecticut For Pregnant Women & Babies Dependent on Opioids Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Quinnipiac University Information, Agenda and Register:  http://www.womensconsortium.org/womenbabiesopioids      


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    DRAFT Autism Guideline

    October 11, 2017

    Birth to Three has updated our Autism Guideline to reflect new research over the past five years. Please feel free to read through this draft and let us know what you think. We are particularly looking for resources, research and references to add for both providers and families. Please click on Draft Autism Guideline. Please send your feedback to Aileen McKenna at aileen.McKenna@ct.gov.


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    Domestic Violence Training for Birth to Three

    September 27, 2017

    November 14th!  This half day training, tailored to Birth to Three providers, will focus on: Recognition of Red Flags,  Impact of DV on children, Resiliency of children, How to engage in a conversation about DV with caregivers, Safety planning for families and home visitors. Register on Birth to Three Calendar.


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    Best Practice: Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices

    September 27, 2017

    Are you new to Birth to Three? Or a seasoned interventionist looking for updating your knowledge and application of best practices in early intervention?  Come to this one day training that will support your use of evidence-based practices in the field.  Lots of hands-on activities that will carry over into your work with families!   November 7th – REGISTER SOON!


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    Increase Your Understanding of AT to Support Communication!

    September 27, 2017

    OCTOBER 17th – REGISTER SOON!  This Birth to Three  workshop will guide service providers through the processes of detecting a need for technology, assessing which tools may be appropriate, and implementing the technology tools for the purposes of eliciting language and supporting behavior management. The presenter, Elena Fader is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center. Register on the Birth to Three Calendar.


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    Transitions for Young Children in Military Families – Parent webinar

    September 13, 2017

    When a Service Member leaves the military, the child leaves the military as well.  The focus of this webinar is on aiding the transition of young children of veterans:  children of service members who have served in the military on active duty, national guard or reserve, and who are transitioning or have already transitioned out of the military. Discussion will include defining the different types of transitions and sharing positive strategies to address the implications when a military family with young children transitions to civilian life. This webinar is written for parents.  Professionals who work with military-connected children may find it … Continue reading


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    Advance Your Practices: Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

    September 13, 2017

    Are you working in Birth to Three and want to expand your knowledge and practices with families.  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules. Course starts in January.  Apply now!  If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish at (860) 679-1563 or email at freyre@uchc.edu   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do … Continue reading


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    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – webinar

    September 11, 2017

    September 19, 2017: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: What is it and how can it be prevented? Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM EDT – 1:30:00 PM EDT Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Maternal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is dramatically increasing, by nearly five-fold since 2000, providing newborns with greater likelihood of birthweight, respiratory complications, and other critical health conditions. (NIH, 2017). This webinar will describe, review screening and treatment recommendations, and showcase select health programs for managing NAS. Dr. Joseph El Khoury, Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the … Continue reading


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    Grandparents as Care Providers: Understanding Their Experiences and Meeting Their Needs

    August 31, 2017

    Grandparents are the caregivers of choice for working parents of children under five. But while grandparents tell us their grandchildren are their greatest joy, sharing the care with their adult children isn’t always smooth sailing. Join ZERO TO THREE for a live, interactive virtual event—learn more about how grandparents view their role and get tips on helping families navigate this essential three-generation relationship.  This free online learning experience is being presented on September 14th 2 – 2:45 PM.


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    Great Resources to Share with Parents from CPAC

    August 31, 2017

    With the start of the school year, the recent Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) newsletter shared information and support for parents on a variety of topics including special education, family support, and leadership.  Connect your parents with the valuable resources found on the CPAC website  !


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    CONGRATULATIONS to Donna Notti – Cheshire Teacher of the YEAR!

    August 24, 2017

    At the Cheshire Public School Convocation it was announced that Donna Notti, one of our own Birth to Three Program Directors,  is the district’s teacher of the year for 2017-2018!  What a great and well-deserved honor for Donna reflecting all of  her exemplary work with Birth to Three families and children, her colleagues, and for the Birth to Three system as a whole!  Please join us in congratulating Donna!!


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