Category: Professional Development

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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Check out the Birth to Three Trainings for 2015- 2016!

September 15, 2015

The full-year training brochure can now be found on our website, under Professional Development with details about each of the  trainings and registration links on our calendar.  Some exciting upcoming trainings include: Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Going Deeper into Natural Learning Environment Practices, Using a Culturally Responsive Framework for Working with Young Children and Their Families, Audiological Implications for Birth to Three,  Motor Development in the First Year, and Early Start Denver Model.  Don’t Miss Out – Resigter soon!!

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NCHAM Webinar on 9/23: Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Loss for Non-Audiologists

September 11, 2015

This webinar will describe how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and basic principles regarding hearing loss, and a summary of the most recent reports of congenital and later-onset hearing loss. The types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss will also be included, as well as how audiologists monitor and manage hearing loss and how to work with audiologists. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET.

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DCF Head Start Partnership meeting Oct. 9th

September 3, 2015

The  next DCF-Head Start Partnership statewide quarterly meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in Memorial Hall on the CCSU campus in New Britain. In addition to our regular teamwork, there will be a presentation on HEAD START, TRAUMA SMART by Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This is a national model of providing therapeutic supports within a Head Start setting:   

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New COS Session Added to Module!

August 25, 2015

Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module.

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Course on Early Childhood Development

August 20, 2015

Three Rivers Community College is offering a course on infant and toddler development.  Topics explored will include the development of the brain, attachment, emotions, cognition, social interactions, language, and motor skills. For more information see ECE 241 Course Description.

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View Archived Sessions from the National Autism Conference

August 13, 2015

Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and PaTTAN sponsored the National Autism Conference.  Many of the sessions were made available at no cost via live webcasting.  Here is a link to see some of the archived sessions from this year and last years conference. View the archived webcasting sessions here.

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Upcoming Natural Learning Environment Training

August 6, 2015

This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three System. An overview of Birth to Three best practices will be presented including Natural Learning Environments, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming. Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within that activity, to promote child development and increased participation.  This training is now open for registration on the Birth to Three Calendar.

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ECTA Center eNotes

August 4, 2015

Do you get these Early Childhood TA Center emails each Friday?   The articles are often very interesting and relevant like the new parent portal at Zero to Three or the Spanish language video on Early Hearing Screening.    To sign up email  

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Circle of Security Sensitivity Training

July 31, 2015

A three day Circle of Security Sensitivity training will take place in New Britain on October 20 – 22.  This training is appropriate for registered parent educators, psychotherapists, early intervention specialists and other helping professionals.  For more information and registration: Circle of Security

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2015 CAEYC “Pathways to Quality” Conference

July 14, 2015

The Connecticut CAEYC Conference is taking place October 16 & 17, 2015.  The presenter, Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is a best‐selling author, international keynote speaker, ground‐breaking radio host and seasoned team builder. She is a dynamic speaker and will be presenting: Friday – Leading on Purpose: Essential Leadership Competencies from the Inside Out, and on Saturday – Hats Off to You: Everyday Miracle worker in Children’s Lives. Saturday also includes Workshops with well-know leaders addressing a variety of topics related to early childhood development and education.

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RFP for Presenters for Childhood Conversations Conference

June 24, 2015

Childhood Conversation is a statewide conference for parents, community providers, childcare providers and teachers.  The 10th annual conference is scheduled for April 2, 2016 in Windsor.  The RFP for conference presenters is now available on the Childhood Conversations website.  The deadline for submission is September 10th.

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4 Webinar Series on EI and Social Emotional Development

June 16, 2015

This series of four 90 minute webinars on Early Intervention and Social Emotional Development in the Early Years is free and available to all interested programs and providers.

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Last minute news

May 21, 2015

If you are reading this in the weekly blog summary email, you’re too late.

You can however read this to see how to set your devices so you don’t miss time sensitive blog posts.

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Birth to Three Feeding Training in June

May 1, 2015

Our upcoming training, The Whole Pie Framework for Pediatric Feeding, will be held June 1 & 2 with national presenter, Becky Miksic, OTR/L, T-NLP, T-TET.  The training focuses on infants and toddlers with special needs who have sensory and behavioral difficulties that interfere with their nutrition and feeding. In this interactive course, participants will learn how to identify feeding issues and support families.  This presenter comes highly recommended.  The training is filling quickly so don’t wait and get closed out!

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Don’t get closed out of upcoming Birth to Three trainings with national presenters!

March 9, 2015

Check out the Birth to Three Calendar to register for the exciting trainings coming up this Spring including: Young Children’s Play in Early Intervention/Early Childhood: Description, Assessment and Intervention The training will be presented on April 24, 2015 by  Karen Lifter, Ph.D., Northeastern University – author of Developmental Play Assessment. _________________________________________________________________ Effects of Stress & Trauma on Social-Emotional Development of Infants & Toddlers This is a ONE day training that will be presented on three different dates in three different locations around the state, making it convenient for all Early Intervention providers to attend.  The training is with nationally recognized presenters, Jane Ellison, … Continue reading

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Another Great Video!

February 17, 2015

If you haven’t bookmarked the Desired Results video library yet, now is a good time.  Be sure to let families know about this resource as well. Team Lydia Rose: Supporting Inclusion Every Day in Every Way (16:18) This video illustrates how inclusive practices should begin as early as possible. In the first part, Janelle describes her two year old daughter’s birth, early weeks in the NICU, and her stroke at four months old. In the second part, Janelle is joined by Lydia Rose’s child development center teacher and her early interventionist as they discuss and illustrate a range of topics … Continue reading

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Reflective Supervision Groups Forming Soon

February 17, 2015

Aileen McKenna is meeting with Margaret Holmberg and Heidi Maderia from CT Association of Infant Mental Health to discuss starting up several new reflective supervision groups for Birth to Three providers. If you are interested or want more information please contact Aileen McKenna at or 860-418-6136.

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Rush & Shelden Training

February 10, 2015

Nine Birth to Three programs recently participated in several days of training with national presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden on Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention.  Everyone was excited and challenged to expand our thinking about our practices with children and families .  Now we will be moving forward with TA to the nine programs who attended, to support them in implementing these practices on a deeper level.  We are exploring ways to disseminate this information and practices to more programs.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more their books, The Early Intervention Teaming Handbook and … Continue reading

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