Author: Nicole Cossette

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.


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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.


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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


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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


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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


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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.  


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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.  


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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


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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/.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.  


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

March 9, 2020

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, 2020.  For more information about the SSIP, click here. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than March 20, 2020.


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FFY18 APR Is Now Online!

February 10, 2020

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/.


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Draft SPP/APR is Now Online!

January 9, 2020

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 3, 2020.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2020 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov no later than January 27, 2020.


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FFY/SFY18 FINAL APR

February 8, 2019

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/.  


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