Month: March 2017

New information on Child Trauma

March 31, 2017

  Infographic: Addressing Child Trauma in CT           The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) has published a new infographic showing the tremendous progress made in CT in addressing childhood trauma, as well as plans to address gaps in care for young children. CHDI also released an Issue Brief “Supporting Young Children Who Experience Trauma: The Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative.” It discusses the effects of trauma on young children and ways Connecticut can support young children who experience trauma.  


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Family Preparedness Plan and recommendations released

March 31, 2017

  Governor Malloy Announces the Release of the Family Preparedness Plan  On Wednesday, March 29th, Governor Malloy announced the release of the Family Preparedness Plan, a step-by-step toolkit for parents who want to have a plan in place for a friend or family member to care for their children in the event that they are detained or deported. The toolkit urges families to have a designated “standby guardian” and contains a list of immediate steps that can be taken by parents or family members to ensure their children are cared for in the event of immigration enforcement. It also reminds … Continue reading


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SSIP Phase III Final Draft available

March 17, 2017

The final draft of Phase III of  Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is online for review. Here is a draft of what will be submitted and a form used to track progress on the Evaluation Plan.  Comments are welcome until March 24 to Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.  To review the Logic Model and Evaluation Plan submitted in Phase II, click here. To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, please visit the SSIP webpage at https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/ssip/  also available via the Birth23.org Home page menus under About > SSIP.


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World Down Syndrome Day = 3/ 21

March 13, 2017

Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day! What does 3/21 mean to you? CT Down Syndrome Congress invites you to consider it in the way families of a child with Down syndrome might: the uniqueness of the genetic triplication that leads to Down syndrome. They also encourage you to Rock Your Socks =  wear the brightest, eye-catching, possibly mis-matched socks you can find.  When you are asked, “What’s with the socks?” you have an opportunity to explain that you are celebrating all the wonderful things about people with Down syndrome while helping to advocate for  individual rights, inclusion, and respect.


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Immigrant and Refugee Families – information and resources

March 6, 2017

Governor Dannel Malloy and OEC Acting Commissioner Linda Goodman recently sent a letter and list of resources to all state-funded early care and education providers. The letter is in response to the recent presidential executive order on immigration matters and corresponding implementation memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It provides guidance  to state-funded early care and education providers outlining suggested protocols to develop and implement. While this letter was sent to state-funded providers, the guidance could be useful to any early care and education provider across the state.  Some of the protocol will be different for services provided in … Continue reading


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