Author: Sabrina Crowe
Family Resources from Sesame Workshop
June 7, 2023
Sesame Workshop has launched a new website packed with free content (e.g., resources, research, videos). New search tools and navigation features allow users to discover and share resources more easily than ever before. Explore by topic, resource type, and even favorite characters. Some resources are organized by Sesame Workshops “impact areas” – emotional well-being, foundational knowledge and skills, creativity and playful problem solving, and self-identity and belonging. Pull-down menus from the Family Resources tab subheadings offer topical resources ranging from ABCs and 123s to tough topics like homelessness and traumatic experiences. There’s also a new school readiness section to help … Continue reading
Activities for Bonding with Young Children
February 15, 2023
Try these fun games and activities with children and watch how their eagerness to learn and their relationship with their caregivers grow! Resource from Zero to Three.
9th Annual Infant/Toddler Conference
February 15, 2023
Bridging Strong Relationships between Families, Caregivers, and Staff Members Sponsored by EASTCONN Early Childhood Initiative Register now for EASTCONN’s 9th annual Infant/Toddler Conference. The conference will be held Friday, March 3, 2023 from 8am-3:30pm at the EASTCONN Conference Center in Hampton, CT. The day is designed for teachers, caregivers, family service staff, Birth to Three providers, DCF workers, and administrators that serve the youngest learners. For more information on the day and to register, check out the flyer in English and Spanish.
Parent Support Program
December 15, 2022
The Saint Joseph Parenting Center is a nonprofit organization that provides free parenting support and education to the community. Their classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Their “Dads are the Difference” program starts in January 2023! Check out this flier in English and Spanish for more information!
Research Study Opportunity for Families
December 7, 2022
Yale Child Study Center The Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) Program is looking for participants for one of their current studies. This study focuses on the social and emotional development in early childhood. For more information, check out this flyer.
Numeracy Family Activities
December 6, 2022
Shared from Baby Talk December 2022 Parents and caregivers can promote early math learning with these DREME Family Math resources. Read, sing, play, and learn together with activities focused on building young children’s understanding of mathematical operations. Materials may be selected by the age level of children (babies through early elementary). Learn more here.
Interdisciplinary Training for EI Professionals
November 1, 2022
New Cohort for EISP beginning in 2023! Offered through University of CT Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Click here for more information on the program.
Serve and Return Resources
October 31, 2022
When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences. This resource guide includes evidence, examples, videos, and opportunities to learn about and apply the concepts of serve and return to support cognitive, communication, and social-emotional development. Check out the options here.
Talking Tips for Caregivers
October 31, 2022
Talking Tips feature research-based strategies to help caregivers talk more with infants and toddlers. They are available in multiple languages. Learn more here.
October 19, 2022
Have You Discovered Problem Solvers?Problem Solvers is a free, play-based early math curriculum for children aged 2 ½ to 4 years old. It includes 22 early math activities, 22 specially-composed songs to support each activity, and 22 read-aloud suggestions that embed early math learning into literacy experiences. Each unit also includes a parent resource (English/Spanish) suggesting at-home math play ideas. Free download here.
Webinar on Ensuring Smooth Early Intervention Transitions
August 10, 2022
September 14, 2022 11:00-12:30pm ET The third session in the Going Virtual series highlights tips early intervention service coordinators and service providers can use to facilitate smooth transitions for families moving from early intervention to special education preschool and for families relocating from one early intervention program to another. Presenters are Dr. Dana Childress and Dr. Megan Schumaker-Murphy. For more information and to register for the event, check out this flyer. Offered by OneOp Early Intervention Team
5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return
August 4, 2022
Did you know that you can help build a child’s brain – starting even before babies can talk? Simple serve and return interactions between adults and young children help make strong connections in developing brains. And, it’s easy and fun to do! Here are the 5 simple steps of serve and return broken down featuring adults and young children doing each step together. Watch this video to see it in action! The video is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.
Early Childhood & Family Homelessness
July 29, 2022
Monthly Drop-In ZOOM Sessions The CT Office of Early Childhood, with funding from the Quality Improvement Support project, has partnered with the RESC Alliance to design and deliver a number of statewide, technical assistance activities. As part of that project, EdAdvance, will be hosting monthly, open ZOOM Drop-In sessions to address topics and questions related to early childhood and family homelessness! These Drop-In ZOOM sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm during the months of July through December 2022. Check out this flyer for more information, including exact dates and ZOOM link!
Connecticut Parent Leadership Summit 2022
July 27, 2022
Virtual Event: Saturday, September 17, 2022 The Connecticut Parent Leadership Summit 2022 (CTPLS 2022) is a FREE event designed by parents for parents and parent leader allies from across the state. It is an opportunity for parents to come together to network while they learn and grow together. The event will be held virtually on September 17, 2022, from 9am to 2pm. For more information and to register, check out this flyer in English or in Spanish.
2022 Autism Summer Institute
July 19, 2022
July 26, 27, and 28, 2022 We are happy to announce that the 2022 Yale Autism Summer Institute, presented by Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) and Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence, will be a live, hybrid event. As always, the Autism Summer Institute is free of charge and open to all researchers, clinicians, trainees, service providers and families. Taking place in person at the Cohen Auditorium in the Yale Child Study Center and via Zoom, the symposium will focus on stakeholder perspectives, current research, and clinical practices. Agenda for the 2022 Autism Summer Institute Registration is … Continue reading
NEAT’s 4th Annual AAC Summer Bash
June 29, 2022
July 23, 2022, 10am-2pm The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center announces their 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Event will be in person this year at Camp Hemlocks! The event is FREE and open to AAC users, families, and professionals looking to have fun with AAC! The day will include a variety of fun, hands-on, outdoor activities, such as music, nature walks, a sensory bin station, and more. All activities will involve language immersion and opportunities for modeling AAC! Check out this flyer for more information! Registration closes July 15. Register here.
2022 Autism Summer Institute
June 28, 2022
July 26, 27, and 28, 2022 We are happy to announce that the 2022 Yale Autism Summer Institute, presented by Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) and Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence, will be a live, hybrid event. As always, the Autism Summer Institute is free of charge and open to all researchers, clinicians, trainees, service providers and families. Taking place in person at the Cohen Auditorium in the Yale Child Study Center and via Zoom, the symposium will focus on stakeholder perspectives, current research, and clinical practices. Topics and presentation schedule: Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 10:00 … Continue reading
NEAT’s 4th Annual Summer AAC Bash
June 14, 2022
Mark your calendars for this FREE event! New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Bash! This year the event will be in-person at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron on Saturday, July 23rd. It is FREE and open to any AAC users, families and professionals looking to have fun with AAC. For more information, check out this flyer.
Sparkler Overview for Birth to Three Providers
December 22, 2021
Sparkler’s mobile app helps families know how their children are developing through observations of age-based play activities and through the leading child development screen, the Ages and Stages Questionnaires ® (ASQ® ). The Sparkler team, including representatives from Sparkler and 211 Child Development, will be offering an overview of the app to Birth to Three providers in early 2022. The training will discuss how to support families that do no qualify for early intervention and how Sparkler can be used. There are 4 options being offered for this training: January 19th 9-10am January 26th 2-3pm January 28th 9-10am February 4th 2-3pm … Continue reading
Shared Reading Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Families
November 24, 2021
Join Yale for a shared reading event on Saturday, 12/4/21, from 10:30am-1:30pm. Registration is FREE but required. Click here for more information on the event and for the registration link.