Category: Families

Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants

February 5, 2016

  In April 2014, the Office of the Child Advocate issued data from 2001-2013 reporting that the number of Connecticut infants who died where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died of child abuse. The public health alert also stated that infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other form of accidental injury.  The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, … Continue reading


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Draft FFY16 Part C Application Available

February 5, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, COMMENTS, AND HEARINGS ON CONNECTICUT’S ANNUAL STATE APPLICATION UNDER PART C OF IDEA FOR CONNECTICUT BIRTH TO THREE SYSTEM’S FEDERAL FUNDING Connecticut’s Federal Application for Part C funds under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 is currently out for public comment until April 5, 2016.  This document can be found on the Birth to Three Website www.birth23.org under About Birth to Three > Annual Part C Application.  Here is the direct link to the document: http://www.birth23.org/files/AboutB23/DraftCTPartCApp.pdf. The document can also be viewed at Birth to Three office at 460 Capitol … Continue reading


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The Early Learning Language and Literacy Series

December 31, 2015

The new edition of “Baby Talk” includes news about a free series of 14 modules designed for professionals who are working to support the language and literacy development of children birth to five.  Baby Talk: FGP Child Development Institute


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FY15 Birth to Three System data report available online

December 28, 2015

The Connecticut Birth to Three System and State Interagency Coordinating  Council report to the Governor each year on activities that support families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.  We are pleased to share the latest report, posted here Birth23.org/aboutb23/annualdata/. Meet the Daly Family and hear from their service coordinator and Finn’s pediatrician,  compare town-by-town referral data, and learn how our almost 1,200 service providers partner with families in a dynamic and individualized process that enhances learning and development during everyday activities. Prior years’ reports are also available on the same web page. To get to the Annual Data Reports page on Birth23.org click the … Continue reading


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Five New Videos from Iowa via Florida

December 7, 2015

When other states develop and share resources, we like to pass them along in case you aren’t part of one of the many email lists out there.  We all know that coaching  isn’t a “model” which means there isn’t yet a strong theoretical foundation and a body of empirical research that supports the practices.  Many states refer to it as coaching methods or coaching strategies or coaching practices  so when you watch the first video and the interventionist uses “model” just know that she knows it’s not a model yet. (“It’s a model in development!” – Juliann Woods) Larry Edelman developed these videos … Continue reading


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Kids Mental Health info now available in Spanish

November 30, 2015

Looking for answers to questions and concerns about a young child’s behavior or mental health?  Now you can find them in English and Spanish. Topics include: Information for Parents and Caregivers Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Child Trauma Early Care and Education Providers School-Based Mental Health To request English/Spanish postcards about this website for your staff and/or parents, please  contact Abby Alter, at Aalter@uchc.edu


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2016 Partners in Policymaking – call for applications

November 18, 2015

The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is offering enrollment in the 2016 Partners in Policymaking – a self-advocacy leadership training program for parents and individuals with disabilities The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels, and consists of seven weekend training sessions with nationally recognized speakers and state experts on disability issues. For more information, contact: Molly.cole@ct.gov ph. 860-418-6157  or Donna Devin  ph. 860-418-8737    


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Compendium of Parenting Interventions Now Available

November 18, 2015

The US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families has launched a package of new resources for States, schools, and early childhood programs that make it easier to find and implement parenting interventions that have a research base and are responsive to families’ and communities’ needs. The package includes:  Compendium of Parenting Interventions: The Compendium profiles parenting interventions for families of children birth to age five that are research-based. It includes information on the cost, training requirements, duration, and intended outcomes of each intervention. The document also reviews the research base for each intervention.    Implementing Parenting … Continue reading


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Honoring Military Families – access to resources

November 5, 2015

November is the Month of the Military Family.  Mili­tary families embody strength, resilience, and courage.  They make tremendous sacrifices as they contend with separation from their families and  adjustments to new living situations and communi­ties. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a number of excellent resources, webinars, and links to partner organizations to support the well-being of our nation’s military families. Please share this link with your active and retired military families, with our thanks! Visit>>


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#ActEarly Twitter Chat

October 30, 2015

Join #ActEarly for a Live Twitter chat on Monday, November 9 at 2pm ET.  Those on social media may follow AUCD @AUCDNews and the chat host, March of Dimes @modhealthtalk, for more details. To help you prepare and participate, here are the #ActEarly chat topics: T1 What does #ActEarly stand for? T2 What are developmental milestones? Why do they matter? Are they different for a preemie? #ActEarly T3 How can families #ActEarly? What should you do if you are worried your child’s development isn’t on track? #ActEarly T4 What is included in EI services? #ActEarly T5 Do all preemies need … Continue reading


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Message for Families about Hearing Tests

October 23, 2015

Birth to Three has produced an important information sheet for ALL families whose children are enrolled and show delays in speech, language, or social development.  Please talk with your families about the importance of having an audiological evaluation for their children using the information found here to guide your discussion. This was developed, in part, to comply with Public Act 15-81.


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Meet Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism!

October 23, 2015

“Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative. Launched Wednesday morning, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first muppet with autism.  The initiative, created for communities and families with children ages 2 to 5, includes a free downloadable app that incorporates video, digital story cards designed to make daily life tasks easier for families of children with autism and storybook materials for providers, organizations and caregivers. ” (article found … Continue reading


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How has IDEA made a difference to you?

October 21, 2015

(EI Providers please share this with the families you have supported in the past and currently support!) What do inclusion, equity, and opportunity look like for you? OSEP wants to hear from children and youth with disabilities, teachers, parents, researchers, and other IDEA stakeholders about the impact this legislation has had. Please share your art, photographs, and writing with us for possible use during the upcoming 40th Anniversary events. You may submit your documents and personal stories up to November 8th at the following URL: https://www.osep-meeting.org/ideaanniversary/  


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Sensory Sunday at Kidcity Museum Nov 1st

October 15, 2015

Families of toddlers or preschoolers with sensory processing or autism disorders are invited to a FREE playtime in Middletown on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 9 – 11 AM.  Kidcity is a hands-on children’s museum with three floors of pretend play for young children. Enjoy a judgement-free zone and experience the museum. Pre-registration required.  To reserve a spot, please email the number of adults and kids (& their ages) to frontdesk@kidcitymuseum.com Note: This event is just for kids ages 1 to 5 years old – please don’t bring older siblings to this special playtime. The museum opens to the public … Continue reading


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New Publication: Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children

September 24, 2015

Childhood trauma exposure is a significant and costly public health concern that affects tens of thousands of Connecticut children resulting in lifelong impairments to health, behavioral health and academic outcomes. CHDI has released its latest publication to inform early childhood practice:  “Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children” The report includes: Guidelines and best-practices for developing a comprehensive and integrated trauma-informed system of care for children A summary and timeline of trauma-informed programs and services in Connecticut An analysis of progress and gaps for each major child-serving system in Connecticut Recommendations for system integration and improvement


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CTAIMH Home Visitor Training -New Haven

September 24, 2015

The CT-AIMH is delighted to invite you to this FREE 5-part infant mental health training series offered to Home Visitors working in the New Haven area beginning on Monday, October 5, 2015. Get more information Register Now! These five workshops will increase your knowledge and practice in the area of infant mental health, and will include: how to see families and their young children through an attachment lens, how to understand infants/toddlers and their families and the challenges of unresolved trauma and loss, how to reflect and recognize your own feelings about your work that can impact your relationships with families, … Continue reading


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Free Smoke Detectors & Safety Information

August 28, 2015

Help your families stay safe! The American Red Cross and its community partners have launched a Home Fire Campaign that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years.  Red Cross teams are ready to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information. You do not need to own your home to be eligible. If you know someone who needs smoke alarms and fire preparedness information, encourage them to request a visit at http://www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit During the home visit, the family will receive: Installed smoke alarms if no working smoke alarms are present in the home Guidance in the development … Continue reading


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Office of Early Childhood Kicks Off CLICK for Babies Campaign

August 28, 2015

The CT. Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is kicking off its participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies Campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The purpose is to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.  The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents.  Some good information for parents related to infant crying can be found at CLICK for Babies .  


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Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Settings – Don’t Just Wait and See! — webinar

August 28, 2015

Families often seek Birth to Three supports after screening by an early care or medical provider identifies a possible developmental delay.  Gain insight into developmental surveillance, screening and assessment strategies and tools,  and explore how to coordinate efforts with Early Head Start, other early childhood settings and the Medical Home. Participation is free.  Register at https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1073352 Thursday, September 3, 2015    *   2 – 3 PM EDT This presentation will be recorded and archived on the NCH portal of the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center for later viewing. Participants in the live presentation will receive a Certificate of participation upon completion of … Continue reading


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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Day – Informational Forum

August 28, 2015

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is an often overlooked and under-diagnosed condition with serious developmental implications that confers automatic eligibility for IDEA Part C, Connecticut Birth to Three System supports.  Learn more from Dr. Carol Cohen Weitzman, Yale School of Medicine and State ICC member, and colleagues from across the state: Wednesday, Sept. 9  – 9 AM – 12 noon Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room 2E,  Hartford, CT registration begins at 8:30 Space is limited.  Please RSVP to mgiovannucci@abhct.com or dachenbach@abhct.com Co-Sponsored by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The CT Department of Children and Families and Advanced Behavioral … Continue reading


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