Author: Nicole Cossette

Infant Mental Health Resource

June 8, 2022

Please see the email below from HRSA. For help when it’s needed, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746. Good morning, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) officially launched the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022 and we are asking for your help to promote the service widely to families and communities with whom you work and others who may find it helpful. Available 24/7, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides free, confidential support, resources, and referrals from professional … Continue reading


Keep Reading

Part C Data Manager Position

May 20, 2022

The OEC has a job opening for the Part C Data Manager position, those interested in applying, please see the job spec below: Job Opening: Birth to Three Data Analyst – Department of Administrative Services (jobapscloud.com)


Keep Reading

Part C Application Submitted to OSEP!

May 12, 2022

Connecticut’s FFY22 Part C Application has been submitted to OSEP. See the link below to view the completed application. Annual State Application Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021. CFDA No. 84.181A. ED FORM No. 1 B20—26P (birth23.org)


Keep Reading

EIS Over Three Coffee Hours

May 12, 2022

On Wednesday May 18th and Friday, May 20th Birth to Three and 619 Part B will hold joint “coffee hours” to provide guidance and support about the implementation of the new legislation for Early Intervention Over 3 which took effect on July 1st, 2021.  Nicole Cossette, Birth to 3,  Andrea Brinnel, PreK Special Ed and Ada Kovaci-Kume, Data Manager  will be available to review the legislation and provide technical assistance. Use the following links to access either of the sessions.  Wednesday, May 18th from 10:00 to 11:00 Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or … Continue reading


Keep Reading

Draft Part C Application

March 2, 2022

Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M in funding to support the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C). Here is a link to the draft FFY22 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Comments should be sent to the attention of Nicole Cossette, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard Suite #205, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; by Fax 860-622-2789 or by … Continue reading


Keep Reading

FFY20 SPP/APR and SSIP Are Available Online!

January 31, 2022

Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


Keep Reading

FFY20/SFY21 APR and SSIP Draft Available

January 3, 2022

Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The draft report is available here https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.  If you have any suggestions or questions just email Nicole.Cossette@ct.gov before 1/29/22. 


Keep Reading

CT Leadership Academy

December 1, 2021

CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


Keep Reading

CT Leadership Academy

November 17, 2021

CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


Keep Reading

Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B) 2021-2022 Updates

November 9, 2021

Join Nicole Cossette, Adrianna Fontaine, and Andrea Brinnel as they have a conversation regarding Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B). There will be four sessions, two on Friday, December 10th, and two on Wednesday, December 15th. See the attached flyer below for more information.   Transition from Birth to Three to Public School Flyer


Keep Reading

Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B) 2021-2022 Updates

October 22, 2021

Join Nicole Cossette, Adrianna Fontaine, and Andrea Brinnel as they have a conversation regarding Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B). There will be four sessions, two on Friday, December 10th, and two on Wednesday, December 15th. See the attached flyer below for more information.   Transition from Birth to Three to Public School Flyer


Keep Reading

New Job Posting!

October 18, 2021

We are hiring for the Part C Data Manager!  See the job posting below:   https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=211014&R2=6856AR&R3=001


Keep Reading

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Is Now Online

April 3, 2021

This is a link to the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) report. It is a very long document, best viewed online. The SSIP is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by April 1, 2020.  For more information about the SSIP, click here.  


Keep Reading

Draft State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is Now Online!

March 2, 2021

This is a link to the draft of the State Systemic Improvement Plan SSIP report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online. The SSIP is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by April 1, 2021.  For more information about the SSIP, click here. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov and alice.ridgway@ct.gov no later than March 20, 2021.  


Keep Reading

Part C Draft Application

March 2, 2021

Draft Part C Application Available for Comment March 1, 2021  Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M in funding to support the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C). Here is a link to the draft FFY21 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021. Comments should be sent to the attention of Alice E. Ridgway, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus … Continue reading


Keep Reading

FFY19 SPP/APR Is Available Online

February 9, 2021

Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


Keep Reading

Draft SPP/APR Is Now Online!

January 4, 2021

This is a link to the draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2021.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2021 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2021.


Keep Reading

CT Leadership Academy

June 18, 2020

CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort. This application will be open until July 1, 2020. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


Keep Reading

Leadership Development Grant Update

April 28, 2020

Great news! The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) have fully executed an MOA and can begin working on the Leadership Grant, which was awarded last fall. The leadership grant will further essential work in early childhood. The OEC is excited to collaborate with UConn’s team in developing a curriculum and implement the leadership program. Are you interested in this work? UConn has posted the following position! Please send this posting to all who may be interested. https://jobs.uchc.edu/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=2020-836


Keep Reading

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Is Now Online

March 31, 2020

This is a link to the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) report. It is a very long document, best viewed online. The SSIP is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by April 1, 2020.  For more information about the SSIP, click here.  


Keep Reading
×