Category: Professional Development

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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Training for All Program Directors – May 2nd

April 1, 2016

As part of our intensive trainings regarding Birth to Three practices, we have a day with Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden specifically for Program Directors or high level supervisors.   The morning (9-12) will provide an overview of the research, rationale, and process for using evidence-based practices in early childhood intervention. The focus will be on the three practice areas of natural learning environment practices; coaching as an evidence-based strategy for interacting with parents and team members; and characteristic and use of a primary service provider approach to teaming. The afternoon ( 1-4 ) will focus on Implementation: Leadership Tools for Supporting Fidelity … Continue reading


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Endangered Play, Endangered Development event

March 31, 2016

Educators, students, parents and community members are invited to hear Diane Levin, Professor and author of Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age on May 4,  6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Yale University School of Management Zhang Auditorium Free, no registration required Questions/Comments: carla.horwitz@yale.edu  


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Sign-up for Natural Learning Environments Training!

March 2, 2016

Due to high demand, the Provider Support team has added two more natural learning environments trainings: March 16th in Hartford and April 13th in Hamden.  We have room in both trainings – sign up soon – March 16th is right around the corner.  Feedback from your colleagues has been very positive indicating that the training changed their thinking about Early Intervention and their role with families and children – for the better.  Hope to see you there!


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CT. DEC Open Meeting Discussing the New DEC Recommended Practices

February 18, 2016

CT DEC is excited to announce the upcoming event that is open to all interested members of the ECE community. ece 2016 Special Educators with a Purpose : Keynote speaker, Mary Beth Bruder from UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  “Building our Capacity for Evidence Based Practice: Our Responsibility to Those We Teach” and Discussion of the new DEC Recommended Practices.  All attendees will receive a copy of the DEC Recommended Practice.  March 22nd, 6-9 p.m. in the Community Room, Goodwin College.  Please RSVP to ctdecearlychildhood@gmail.com    


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EASTCONN Hosting 3rd Annual Infant/Toddler Conference: Let’s Talk

February 9, 2016

This Conference on March 11th,  will place an emphasis on development of language skills for children 0-3, including supporting language with quality children’s books. Supporting Dual Language Learners will be an integral component to this professional learning, as well as supporting children to understand language and use language for social interaction. See Birth to Three Calendar for more information.  


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Have you joined your colleagues at Birth to Three’s Natural Learning Environment training yet?

February 5, 2016

  The Provider Support Team has been busy offering trainings around the state on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices”.  The trainings have been filling so fast that we will be adding two additional trainings in March and April.  Be on the lookout for postings on the Birth to Three Calendar!


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Natural Learning Environments Training: January 12th

December 11, 2015

As many of you know the Natural Learning Environments trainings have been filling up as soon as we put them on the calendar.  That’s great!  We do still have some room in the NLE training on January 12th ( snow date January 26th) at Education Connections in Litchfield.  Don’t worry about the snow….it’s a beautiful drive any time of the year!!  See you there.  www.birth23.org/calendar


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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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Motor Training December 4th

November 17, 2015

“Babies Have Lots to Learn: Emphasis On Motor Skill in the First Year” is only a few weeks away! Sign up soon.  The objectives of training include identification of key points of typical motor development in the first year of life; emphasis on recognizing the “quality” of motor skill performance; appreciation of the effect of repetition and functional activities on the development of motor skills; and identification of “red flags” that would warrant further consultation for motor skills.  Will be presented by Linda Bamonte PT, DPT (Birth to Three Provider Support) and Cindy Jackson, MSPT, C.NDT (Children’s Therapy Services).


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Deadline for UCONN Early Intervention Course & Stipend November 19th!

November 17, 2015

The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention. Many of our providers have taken a similar course with her in the past and stated that they learned so much and were astounded by their change in practice.  The course will allow for graduate for credit and a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules.   Please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW at 860-679-1563 or freyre@nso2.uchc.edu.   The deadline for application is Thursday, November 19, 2015.


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Webinar – Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted

November 4, 2015

In collaboration with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is developing several webinars with the aim of educating pediatricians and child health providers about birth defects and modifiable risk factors.  The first webinar, entitled “Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted,” will take place Thursday, November 12th at 2pm CT.  There is no charge to attend; however prior registration is required. <https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7661475456886910978>.  


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Last Call for Early Start Denver Model Training November 20th!

November 4, 2015

There is still some room in the Early Start Denver Model training which is sponsored by Birth to Three and will be held November 20th.  We will be opening the training up to additional agencies in the next few days.  Don’t get closed out of this important training on the ESDM curriculum which uses developmental-relationship based approaches combined with empirically supported, teaching practices from applied behavior analysis.  Birth to Three Calendar – Register.


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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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Read to Grow

October 29, 2015

SAVE THE DATE – November 19, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. A forum on early literacy at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Panelist will include Dr. Julia Irwin, senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories, associate professor at SCSU, and Read to Grow board member. Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D., Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood. For more information or to register, contact: info@literacyeveryday.org Read to Grow promotes language-building and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and supports parents as their babies’ first teachers.  Learn More!  


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Recommendations for Practice: Children with Autism <3 years old

October 21, 2015

A recent study was published in Pediatrics –  Early Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Under 3 Years of Age: Recommendations for Practice and Research.  This study outlines several recommendations for best practice for interventions which include:  a combination of developmental and behavioral approaches that begin as early as possible,  and active involvement of the families and/or caregivers as part of the intervention.  CT. Birth to Three is providing an introductory training on the Early Start Denver Model on 11-20-2016 which is a curriculum for young children with autism that addresses these critical aspects of intervention.


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Register for Early Start Denver Model soon!

October 21, 2015

Last year we had a waiting list – don’t get closed out this year!  The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) training is scheduled for November 20, 2015.  The presenter  is Jamie M. Winter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, NY-Presbyterian Hospital.  This one-day Introductory Workshop  addresses the main aspects of the ESDM, a curriculum for young children with Autism which uses strategies to help children form warm, positive and engaging relationships with adults and peers.  It combines behavioral and relationship-based approaches into a developmental, play- based framework of intervention that is individualized for each child.  Register on Birth to … Continue reading


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October Discounts on Infant Mental Health products

October 15, 2015

Looking for great information on supporting Infant Mental Health?  Go to this site  http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8cfb950e6790e75539e6e9e76&id=e3c0150551&e=96321ebd8d and claim your discounted rate on a variety of products before November 1st.   Just select “MI-AIMH Member” when you add products to your shopping cart! Connecticut is a proud member of the alliance of states that offer the Competencies and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.  


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Early Intervention Courses at UConn with Stipend

October 14, 2015

https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tOgsGgxbq91YEJ  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder is offering a series of courses on early intervention. Many of our providers have taken a similar course with her in the past and stated that they learned so much and were astounded by their change in practice.  They are in the planning phase and seeking information from people on the format, time etc.  They are also offering credit and a stipend. People who take the course may also receive the Early Intervention Specialist Credential from Birth to Three.  


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Another Natural Learning Environments Training added to the calendar!

September 24, 2015

Due to high participation in the trainings on Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices for Birth to Three, we have added an additional date in the Trumbull area.  Natural learning environments are more than places.  And these practices involve more than embedding skills into the family’s daily activities.  Want to learn more?  Check  the Birth to Three Calendar for details and registration.  


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