Author: Koleen Kerski

Riverside PD Opportunities

March 14, 2023

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Autism Hub at UNC recently highlighted these free toddler resources

February 9, 2023

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Free FIPP Webinar Series

August 2, 2022

https://fipp.ncdhhs.gov/fipp-50th-anniversary-webinar-series/ In celebration of 50 years of excellence in early childhood intervention and family support, FIPP is hosting a free webinar every month in 2022. Each webinar features a critical topic in early intervention delivered by a past or present FIPP staff member. Register separately for each webinar at the associated link. Upcoming Events Advanced Registration Required. August 26, 2022: The Brain Science of Capacity-Building Family Support Practices, Amber Halliburton Ed.D., & Sarah Sexton Ed.D., 12:00-1:00 (EST) September 23, 2022: Family-Centered Practices: Where They Came From and How They Need to Change, Carol Trivette, Ph.D., 12:00-1:00 (EST) October 21, 2022: … Continue reading


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The Trauma of Homelessness: The Impact on Very Young Children & Families

July 18, 2022

Free Training Opportunity! 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 technical assistance activities. As part of that project, EdAdvance, one of the six-member agencies of the RESC Alliance will be offering a free training opportunity to  individuals working in the infant-early childhood/family field, who are seeking to broaden their knowledge on the topic of the impact of trauma and homelessness in early childhood. Training Objectives: Understand the Relationship Between Homelessness & Trauma Learn How Homelessness Impacts Attachment Relationships, Early Development … Continue reading


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Colors of Autism: Raising Awareness at the Capital

April 27, 2022

Friday April 29, 2022 10am-3pm Informational Flyer


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The June 2nd Joint Convening Part B and Part C: Making Connections Through Puppetry is open for registration! Now through May 4th (after registering, complete the survey to order your own personalized puppet)

April 22, 2022

Register here! https://serc.info/puppetry Want more information on the event? Event Flyer is here! Want more information on the research? Research Article here!


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Save June 2nd for the 2nd Annual Joint Convening of Part B and Part C for “Making Connections Through Puppetry”

April 14, 2022

Please consider early intervention staff joining us for this two hour professional development introductory workshop on puppets and how they can support all children, especially children with neurodevelopmental differences. The very specific principles of puppetry to support children will be demonstrated (these can be utilized with materials found in a family’s home).  Registration forms to come soon! Registration will be open through May 4th. Save the Date! June 2 2022 Making Connections Through Puppetry How_Puppets_Can_Be_Used_In_Autism_Therapeutics


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EI Staff – Alternate Route to Certification!

September 7, 2021

Charter Oak is holding an open house October 27th at 6 PM for the Alternate Route to Certification for Early Intervention staff desiring #112 certification through the CT. State Department of Education.  It is a year long program.  For more information: https://acorn.charteroak.edu/ICS/ARC/


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Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) 2021 Autism Summer Institute July 13th, 14th, and 16th

July 12, 2021

2021 ACE Autism Summer Institute Agenda Registration link For the first time, the NIH-funded Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and the Autism Program at the Child Study Center will present their annual Autism Summer Institute in a fully virtual format.  Presentations will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13 and 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and on Friday, July 16 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Highlighting our NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) research program Understanding Neurodevelopment in Autism, presentations will include updates on their studies of prenatal and neonatal brain development, cellular mechanisms underlying the development of … Continue reading


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“Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD”

June 1, 2021

Due to an enthusiastic response, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck! Please take a moment to register now! The meeting link will be forwarded upon registration. *Advanced registration required! Register here! Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne … Continue reading


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June 8, 2021 12:00-1:30 PM Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD

May 25, 2021

UPDATE <<Sorry for the registration issues – thanks to the folks at Zoom Support the registration link is working now.>> https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj Please join Alice E. Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education. · How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications? · Is an … Continue reading


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Panel Recommends Early Intervention and Parent Coaching for Infants with Cerebral Palsy

May 19, 2021

The recommendations apply primarily to children ages 0 to 2 years who are at high risk or have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy.  Recommendations include comprehensive multi-disciplinary care, addressing sleep and feeding issues that may interfere with motor and cognitive gains, supports in the context of child-parent interactions, and coaching of parents and caregivers!  AMAZING!  The rest of the world is catching on to what we have known and been doing in Birth to Three for ages.  https://www.medpagetoday.com/neurology/generalneurology/92621  


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Free Webinar – Making Meaning of Scores: A Refresher in Understanding Standardized Assessment Scores

April 29, 2021

Riverside Publishing is offering a refresher webinar on understanding and explaining standardized scores.    May 6th.  Register here.  


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CPAC event April 22 @ 5:30 pm: Update from the Bureau of Special Education

April 20, 2021

Join Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, and CPAC staff as we discuss COVID-19 and special education – where are we now and what can we expect for children receiving special education services? Register here!  


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Free training from Military Families Learning Network Early Intervention Team

March 17, 2021

Military Families Learning Network Early Intervention team (MFLN), a grant project at the University of Illinois including web-based professional development for professionals working with both military and civilian families. April 14 kicks off the 2021 webinar series “Good Things Come in Threes.” Webinars in this series will discuss evidence-based strategies used by early interventionists (EI) and early childhood (EC) professionals that promote child development through caregiver-child interactions. These strategies, referred to as triadic strategies, focus on the interactions between three individuals: the child, caregiver, and EI/EC professional (McCollum & Yates, 1994).


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New module on Partnering with Fathers

March 10, 2021

The newest Home Visiting  module on Partnering with Fathers is now available. Promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUML2fNJ5vQ&feature=emb_title Page to access this and other topics : https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-learning-modules.html


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Read OEC’s new handout about promoting well-being during COVID-19

February 11, 2021

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has a new fact sheet with a list of trusted organizations offering support to families during the emergency. The resources — which were provided by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) — include links and contact information for behavioral health support, community resources, crisis hotlines, and more. Read the “promoting well-being” fact sheet here


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Motor Therapists: Free Courses on Orthotics

February 10, 2021

Cascade is offering a Intro to Dynamic Bracing Course Series.  Courses are free and available asynchronously.     Access Cascade Training Here


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Where Do We Grow From Here? Virtual Conference April 2021

January 22, 2021

2021 Virtual Conference – April 16 & 17 Childhood Conversations and Together We Will presents: Where Do We Grow From Here? Reflections on Covid, Recovery & Rebuilding See www.childhoodconversations.com for more information.


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Priority Testing now available to Birth to Three personnel providing services for young children!

January 12, 2021

Here is the link to the updated OEC Memo 23-revised identifying Birth to Three personnel providing services to young children as a group qualifying for priority Covid-19 testing. OEC Memo 23 revised


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