Birth to Three Blog

    The Faces of Birth to Three

    September 1, 2016

    Whose faces do you picture when you think of “Birth to Three families”?    😛  😯    😆 I’m asking for your help with collecting photos of real people who receive early intervention supports.  Please ask a few families of your choice to send me one or more photos that tell their story.  If their photo is selected, I will ask for their consent to use it  for Public Awareness purposes, including the FY16 annual report to the Governor and legislature. Preferred photos:  child with family member(s), activity based, good lighting and clarity of images, high-resolution digital preferred      NO professional portraits please Send photo files/prints to: eileen.mcmurrer@ct.gov with “Faces of B23” in the subject … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Professional Development – New!

    August 30, 2016

    Assistive Technology: An IDEA Part C Service will be presented by CT. Birth to Three and NEAT Marketplace on October 26, 2016.  The training will include a morning session covering AT  regulations, procedures,  and NEAT supports; and an afternoon session on low tech to high tech communication supports.  Register for either or both sessions through the Birth to Three Calendar. Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices.  If  you did not attend last year, take advantage of the knowledge and support for working with families that you will gain in this one day training: an essential training for all individuals working … Continue reading


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    DCF Commissioner Katz speaking Sept. 12 in Hartford

    August 29, 2016

    You are cordially invited to the 14th annual Parents with Cognitive Limitations Workgroup meeting on Poverty and Cognitive Limitations:  Research, Policy and Practice Monday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 – 12 noon at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford CT. Please RSVP by September 7, 2016 to Mary.Alfano@ct.gov with your name, organization, email and phone number Featured speakers include: Commissioner Joette Katz, Department of Children and Families Joanne Goldblum, MSW, Founder & Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network Jessica Bartholow, Esq., Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty Megan V. Smith, PhD, MPH,  Yale Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Sponsors: Connecticut … Continue reading


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    NEAT Marketplace Birth to Three Inventory

    August 16, 2016

    The NEAT Marketplace inventory for Birth to Three has been recently updated.  If you are considering Assistive Technology for a child, make sure to have a consult with a team member from the discipline related to the child’s need, to assess what type of AT might benefit the child.  Also, please ensure all borrowed equipment is returned to NEAT so it can go back into inventory!  We are a bit low on adaptive seating at the moment.  Please check around!!


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    Can Facetime video chat with Grandma or Grandpa support development?

    August 16, 2016

    New research sheds light on the value of Facetime as meaningful interaction versus just more “screen” time.


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    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) resources from U.S.HHS

    August 15, 2016

    Opioid abuse is increasing nationally with a correlated increase in prenatal opioid exposures and more infants born with the resulting developmental impact. Families of infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are automatically eligible for CT early intervention if referred within the first three months of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides resources that you may find helpful as you work with families affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/opioid-use-disorders-and-medication-assisted-treatment/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome.aspx One such resource is a video posted by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services that offers several approaches you may want to share with parents … Continue reading


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    Update on Re-Referrals

    August 15, 2016

    Families’  involvement with Birth to Three may start and stop, then restart for a variety of reasons.  When the child is Exited from SPIDER, then the family contacts you or their service coordinator to reconnect,  a set of factors are considered before either the Exit is removed or a new record is created. As of August 1st, CDI administrators Kareena DuPlessis and  Shirley Caro are  processing all of these requests.  They follow the same decision rules that were in effect previously; no changes in protocol.  This streamlined process reduces the number of steps and amount of time needed before a family reconnects with Birth to Three supports. Please … Continue reading


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    New System of Payments Policy for Families online

    August 5, 2016

    The new System of Payments for Families Policy brochure is now available online.  Thanks to the generous support of our Governor and General Assembly, most costs of providing services and supports to families is paid by state funds.  Here is the breakout: 70% State of CT 12% Medicaid reimbursements 9% federal funds 7% private insurance reimbursements 2% parent payments Families that make $45,000 or more  pay a monthly fee based on a sliding scale. These family payments help the state to continue to provide supports and services to all families of eligible children.


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    Best Practice Resources for you!

    July 27, 2016

     Have you checked out the resources, tools and research at your fingertips regarding best practices in Birth To Three?  Find everything you need on the CT. Birth to Three Website.  And don’t forget to sign up for the weekly email updates for our BLOG – and easy way to keep up to date!  


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    Support for the new IFSP

    July 26, 2016

    The IFSP has been translated and posted in three additional languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.  We have also modified the IFSP Handbook which will be posted on the website.  In addition, we are posting an online module on completing the new IFSP.  The link for the module will be posted on our website under Learning Modules .  A short, fun video on Writing Functional Outcomes will also be found there and  here (click on lower right area of video to watch it full screen).


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    Back by Popular Demand!

    July 20, 2016

    Two additional trainings on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices” have been added to the Birth to Three Calendar.  Dates are September 14th in Trumbull and November 16th in Hartford.  This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three system.   Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within those activities, to help families promote their child’s development.  Sign up soon as trainings fill up fast!


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    Mind the Baby training at Yale Child Study Center

    July 11, 2016

    The annual Minding the Baby® (MTB) training institute is right around the corner, to be held July 19-21, 2016 at the Yale Child Study Center, and there is still time to register!  For more information, please see below and visit:  http://www.mtb.yale.edu/training  To register, please visit: http://mtb.yale.edu/training/registrationform.aspx  MTB is an evidence-based home visiting model run in collaboration with the Yale School of Nursing, Yale Child Study Center, and Fair Haven Community Health Clinic. Developed in a home visitation setting, MTB is an interdisciplinary, primary intervention model that can also be adapted for use in non-home settings.  The annual 3-day MTB training institute is focused on the clinical … Continue reading


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    Sign Language Interpretation – update

    July 6, 2016

    Effective July 15, the Dept. of Rehabilitative Services (CT-DORS) will close the Interpreting Service program. This is designed to save critical state dollars without reducing services – interpreter services will still be available through private companies. If you are in need of interpreting services, please call 2-1-1 or go to http://www.211ct.org/ and search for “Sign Language Interpretation”. DORS will continue to monitor and post a statewide Interpreter Registry. All sign language interpreters working for compensation in Connecticut must satisfy the mandates of established law CT General Statute Sec. 46a-33a, including annual registration with DORS and submission of documented credentials, including certification … Continue reading


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    Dual Language Learners – facts & resources

    June 13, 2016

    “The number of children ages 5 to 17 in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the past three decades. These home languages are an asset that should be valued…”    – U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. The White House announced a new joint policy statement supporting early childhood programs and states by providing recommendations promoting the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). This statement also supports tribal communities’ language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. Also, read ED’s Fact Sheet: Supporting Dual … Continue reading


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    “Every Parent Has What It Takes To Be A Brain Builder”

    June 10, 2016

    This is a new and exciting resource, JoinVroom.org,  for parents developed by a group of dedicated scientists and leaders in brain development.  Parents can sign up (website or app) to receive simple, developmentally appropriate ideas that support their child’s learning.  Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.


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    Zero To Three National Parent Survey

    June 10, 2016

    ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, conducted a comprehensive research effort, including in-home discussions and a large national parent survey with a diverse range of parents of children from birth to 5. The findings provide new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.


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    Free Evening at Mystic Aquarium for children with ASD

    June 8, 2016

    Mystic Aquarium is opening their doors to families and groups of children with an autism spectrum diagnosis or sensory processing disorders on August 16 from 3:00 – 8:00 PM. Free,  pre-registration required. The evening event will feature quiet areas, outdoor “free play” zone, supportive staff, and access to select aquarium exhibits. The outdoor aquarium exhibits- beluga whales, seals and sea lions and the outdoor free play zone will be open from 3:00-7:45pm. The indoor exhibits including the main exhibit floor and the Exploration: Wild exhibit will be open from 3:00pm-8:00pm. The following exhibits will not be open: Sting Ray Touch … Continue reading


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    ECCS Action Plan – Your Input Wanted

    May 16, 2016

    The Connecticut Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) planning grant has supported the Office of Early Childhood and the United Way of CT to develop a comprehensive plan for improving Connecticut’s developmental monitoring and screening and linkage to services.  ECCS needs to know if the Action Plan will meet this goal in a way that works for families, communities and Early Care and Education (ECE) programs.  (click here for a concise summary)   You may have participated in the 2014-15 Needs Assessment that led to the current Action Plan.   Now we want your feedback to help shape the process further. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to complete this  Early Childhood Stakeholder Survey by … Continue reading


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    Notice changes on our website?

    May 10, 2016

    Every time WordPress updates something changes! This time, we lost the calendar plug-in.   To get it back we needed a quick redesign.  Jesse at the United Way of CT came to the rescue and now the site has a calendar again and the site is finally RESPONSIVE.  This basically means that the site layout will change based on the screen size.  On your phone you’ll need to scroll down to see the left menu options and the top tabs will be in a drop down menu at the top (but it’s a long list!) The one thing that isn’t responsive … Continue reading


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    Better Hearing and Speech Month webinars

    May 9, 2016

    “Communication Takes Care”  Join us for the  Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.  No registration is required to join the webinars.  May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Quality … Continue reading


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