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WEBINAR: Office of Early Childhood Webinar: A Conversation with Commissioner Beth Bye Dec. 18th @ 11:00am – 12pm or Dec. 30th @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm

December 12, 2019

Office of Early Childhood Webinar: A Conversation with Commissioner Beth Bye We hope you can join us for a live webinar on: Wednesday, December 18th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM OR Monday, December 30th from 7:00-8:00 PM High quality early childhood programs establish collaborative, two-way relationships with families. This leads to program improvement and better outcomes for children and families. In that vein, OEC believes that it is critical to establish forums for ongoing, accessible conversations with the early childhood community to enhance our agency service and outcomes. This webinar is an important first step toward this goal. Commissioner Beth Bye … Continue reading

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WEBINAR-Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with Autism Dec. 4, 2019 @ 11:00am-12:30pm

November 1, 2019

When: December 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: Cost: Free Welcome to the Group: Inclusion for Young Children with Autism December 04, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern About this Webinar: Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar will discuss best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters will define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings. They will … Continue reading

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EI on the FLY podcasts!!

October 25, 2019 EI on the Fly: A podcast all things Early Intervention is live! This podcast is a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Partnership for People with Disabilities/Virginia Commonwealth University. The work of early intervention (EI) is complex, challenging at times, and lots of fun. You meet different families, work in homes and other community settings, watch infants and toddlers grow and learn, and yes – spend a lot of time in your car. This podcast is designed so EI practitioners like you can easily listen between visits or on breaks during your busy day. … Continue reading

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Dive In Zero to Three Annual Conference – October 2-4, 2019; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

September 19, 2019

The early childhood field is a vast and ever-expanding sea of possibilities. Savvy professionals are always exploring new depths in search of innovative solutions that will enable them do their best work. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2019 features an extensive array of research-informed and competency-based sessions designed to help you navigate the changing tides, and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. DIVE IN and let ZERO TO THREE currents guide you to hidden treasures! Primary Venue The Diplomat 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 The Diplomat Since 1920, this charming coastal area has been a favorite of travelers seeking a quieter … Continue reading

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Workshop: Anti-Racism October 12 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm

September 13, 2019

Free Anti-Racism Workshop Training designed for community members and EVERYONE whose work impacts the lives of Hartford residents. Light dinner and childcare provided. Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street; Hartford, CT RSVP

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25th Anniversary (FY18) Data Report is Available Online!

August 28, 2019

In the past we called these “Baby Books” and for many years they were professionally designed and printed.  Then when funding was tight we cut back and produced simple PDFs online in house. Since we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a state system on October 1st, 2018, the OEC wanted to support designing and printing this special report. All the reports can be found here and FY18 is at the top. FY19 will be posted more quickly as we go back to reporting this in a way that costs less including linking to and other public and open … Continue reading

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Conference: When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders @ Clarion Hotel; Portland, ME – 10/21/19 – 10/24/19

August 27, 2019

When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding Dates & Location: Special Weekday Conference Monday – Thursday OCTOBER 21-24, 2019 PORTLAND, ME Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street   Presented by: Dr. Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L, & Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP   Registration Information: Early Bird (on or before 8/15/19): $739.00/person Standard (on or after 8/16/2019): $789.00/person Group Discounts at any time (only 1 applies) 3rd person’s registration = 25% off; 4th person’s registration = 50% off; 5th person’s registration = FREE We’ve booked a block of rooms … Continue reading

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2019 Infant Toddler Institute @ EdAdvance; Litchfield, CT

August 14, 2019

2019 Infant Toddler Institute For Infant/Toddler Teachers, Early Care Providers, Home Visitors, B-3 Early Interventionists, Program Supervisors & Administrators DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: EdAdvance 355 Goshen Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 FEE: $90 (includes breakfast & lunch) REGISTER: KEYNOTE: The Power of You: Bringing Your Best Self to Your Work with Infants, Toddlers & Their Families! Dr. Rebecca Parilla, Ph.D., IECMH-E® National Clinical Officer, Child First MORNING SESSION: Tools and Strategies to Promote Regulation in Self and Others -and- Overview of CT Association for Infant Mental Health, Endorsement & Reflective Supervision/Consultation Heidi … Continue reading

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NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition

July 25, 2019

The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online.  To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link:

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IDEA Determinations

June 19, 2019

Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 13th year in a row Connecticut received a determination of “meets requirements”.  That is the highest level determination. This is important because it is one indicator of the health of the system.  The change in how programs are paid was very disruptive for everyone and yet we continue to meet IDEA requirements. The only way we could do this is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition … Continue reading

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WEBINAR: Coaching in Early Childhood Sept. 25, 2019

June 17, 2019

Sponsored by Brookes Publishing   This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a variety of backgrounds. Join us to learn: The rationale for using a coaching interaction style with parents, teachers, and other care … Continue reading

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BESB announces trainings for Fall 2019

June 14, 2019

Below are links for DORS-BESB Fall In-Services 2019  Wed 9/25/19 – Paraprofessional Day – (Paraprofessionals may only register for Day 1)  space is limited Thurs 9/26/19 – Professional Day – (Families, Education Teams, Administration may register for Day 1 or Day 2) space is limited   School Age In-Services: Monday 9/23/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Braille: Tuesday 10/1/19 – Paraprofessionals: Wednesday 10/2/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Large Print: 

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Prenatal Exposure to Substances

June 4, 2019

In partnership with ITCA, ECTA has posted a new webpage on Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families: This page includes Federal laws, research, and resources on policy/guidance and state examples. This page will also provide a link to the updated webpage Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA and Resources:

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WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

May 9, 2019

About This Webinar: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar addresses common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes. They will also discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet and provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.   Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & … Continue reading

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WEBINAR: ACEs Part I – An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress

April 1, 2019

ACEs Part I: An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress Presented by Laura Krug and Sarah MacLaughlin, ZERO TO THREE Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT Register Today!  Please join ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps staff members, Laura Krug, Director of Training & Technical Assistance and Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer & Training Specialist, for the first session of a 2-part series introducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress. This webinar will present findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and implications for the long-term health of those who experience childhood adversity. The presenters will also discuss the 10 types … Continue reading

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CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference: The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience

March 28, 2019

Click the following link for more details: CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference: The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience

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WEBINAR: Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team April 9, 2019

March 14, 2019

The Service Coordination Community of Practice (SC CoP) was created to recognize the value of service coordinators and give these important early intervention team members a professional home. The SC CoP offers service coordinators the opportunities to network with others across the nation, share SC-related resources and tips, and learn about topics relevant to providing high quality service coordination. Meetings & Events Upcoming Events Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Register to join the conversation here:  Join this first SC … Continue reading

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WEBINAR: Helping Families Meet Resource Needs and Achieve Self-Sufficiency April 2, 2019

March 14, 2019

Join the webinar here: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” (translation from Chinese philosopher Lao Tze). Early Interventionists and other home visitors who work with families with young children often support families with resource needs. We produce lists of resources or information, make referrals for families, and even bring resources or materials to the family. We are trying to help, but these practices do not necessarily assist the family with build the capacity to meet their ongoing resource needs or future … Continue reading

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Governor Lamont Visits the OEC!

March 7, 2019

When Governor Ned Lamont took office in January he made it clear to our Commissioner, Beth Bye, that he wanted to meet the people working at the state agencies and today was the day he visited the Office of Early Childhood.  With those of us who were available, he even posed for this photo but he did more than buzz through.  Governor Lamont asked important questions so he can better understand what we all do.  He will likely remember Birth to Three well!

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FFY19 Part C Federal Application Draft Available for Comment

February 26, 2019

The Draft FFY19 (7/1/19-6/30/20) Part C Federal Application is now available for public comment. It can be found here. Written comment on the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Comments should be sent to the attention of Alice E. Ridgway by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835, fax 860-622-2789, or e-mail: Two public hearings concerning the proposed application will be held as follows: Monday, April 15, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 Tuesday, … Continue reading

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