Author: Jayne Smalls

The Office of Early Childhood, Behavioral Health Initiatives Webinar on Thursday, May 30th

May 24, 2024

Please join the Office of Early Childhood, Behavioral Health Initiatives’ upcoming webinar: The Air We All Breathe: The Essence of Mental Health and How We All Have a Connection to It.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but mental health is important year-round. Why? Mental health is for everyone, both young and young at heart. We want to bring attention to the importance of mental health, as it relates to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, identity, socio-economic status, religion, ability, or educational background. We are also reminded of the importance of self-care, and how the children we raise, and/or help … Continue reading

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Hands & Voices: Off to a Great Start

May 14, 2024

Hands & Voices‘ new website, Off to a Great Start, offers providers and families resources and activities to support the early intervention (EI) journey for families of children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Key resources include: Source:

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RAPID Survey on Child Care in New Haven

May 2, 2024

The New Haven Early Childhood Council and the RAPID Survey Project at Stanford University are listening to families with young children under age 6 living in the state of Connecticut. We want to hear about the experiences, strengths, and needs of children and families.  Take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and Urdu and receive a $10 gift card.  Make your voice heard and share your experiences. The RAPID Survey Project goals are to amplify caregivers’ voices and to inform the policies and programs to best serve you and your family. For more information about the RAPID Survey … Continue reading

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Quinnipiac University – GO BABY GO

April 11, 2024


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The Office of Early Childhood, Behavioral Health Initiatives webinar on April 23rd 2024

April 9, 2024

OEC Webinar on Tuesday, April 23rd recognizing Black Women’s Health and Maternal Health

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Early Intervention Modules

April 3, 2024

Understanding the perspectives of parents is a needed skill when working with infants and toddlers. The ED-funded National Center on Deafblindeness added new content to the “Early Intervention for Children Who Are Deafblind” module of their “Teaching Children Who Are Deafblind: Professional Development for Educators” series. The added information expands on the experiences of parents of infants and toddlers who are deafblind. Videos are included under “Parent Perspectives” in the module’s navigation menu. 

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Register for the National Student Privacy & Data Security Spring Webinar Series!

March 26, 2024

Register for the National Student Privacy & Data Security Spring Webinar Series! The Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO), through its Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is pleased to offer a three-day virtual webinar series on student privacy and data security. The webinar series will provide the education community with opportunities to learn more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), data security, data breach preparedness and response, transparency, and more. Register at the links below. ·      Day 1: FERPA 101 and Data Security Best Practices, April 10, 2024, 2-4pm ET covers the basics of FERPA and provides training on … Continue reading

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The Office of Early Childhood, Behavioral Health Initiatives webinar on October 31st

October 17, 2023

Please join the Office of Early Childhood, Behavioral Health Initiatives’ upcoming webinar:  A Place to Call Home:  Addressing Housing Instability- Supporting Young Children and Families in Connecticut.  The webinar will focus on addressing housing instability to support families in Connecticut and will offer perspectives from the State Department of Education, Department of Housing, and the OEC.  Learn more about the impact housing instability has at both a national and state level, and be connected to resources and supports to better serve CT’s children and their families experiencing housing instability.  The session will include:   Opening remarks from Barbara Duffield, Executive Director at … Continue reading

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The Sparkler “Once Upon a Time”  summer learning program (Birth – 5 years old) launched for CT families on July 3rd.  

July 6, 2023

Please encourage all families to join us for weekly folktale told by a storyteller from the culture where the story originated including learning activities! We hope parents/caregivers with young children can have some fun while learning over the summer (see the Camp 2023 Schedule down below). Please click the links below to access the first story, family and or provider facing websites, and the provider kit.   Week 1: The first story is about the First Fire: A Cherokee Legend Here’s the family-facing website: Here’s the provider-facing website: Provider kits in English, Spanish, and Chinese! Camp 2023 Schedule … Continue reading

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NERGN Educational Opportunity

March 21, 2023

“The New England Regional Genetics Network (NERGN) advances the health and well-being of individuals with genetic conditions by connecting them with genetic services, educating professionals to improve systems of genetic care, and supporting families in New England. NERGN is offering FREE training for early intervention specialists to help them address questions of genetics in their profession. See flyer attached for more information and contact email.” Flyer Located HERE

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Birth to Three Sleep Survey

February 24, 2023

If you are a provider in the early intervention system, please consider filling out this survey developed by one of our Leadership Academy Participants: This survey is being used to collect information related to the prevalence of sleep concerns with the families we serve and how we, as Birth to Three Providers, are able to identify and support these concerns. This 10 question survey should only take 1-2 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to provide me with this valuable information.

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CAPTA Survey

January 25, 2023

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Help us Spread this Parent Survey from the LTSAE

December 10, 2020

Will you please forward this 8 question survey link to the families you support in Birth to Three? The UConn, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), as part of a CDC/AUCD  Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) grant, is gathering information about the impacts on families during the COVID-19 PHE and developmental monitoring. If you or your families have questions they can contact Bethanne Vergean | Early Childhood Technical Assistance CDC Act Early Ambassador for Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities | UConn Health School of Medicine 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030 | MC6222 Office: 860.679.1544 … Continue reading

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A.G. Bell Virtual Parent Chat

December 5, 2020

The A.G. Bell Chapter in CT is hosting a Virtual Parent Chat Here is a flyer.  It is December 10th at 7:30 PM Join them for a parent led discussion to connect families across the state who currently receive Birth to Three services or previously transitioned out of Birth to Three. Families can bring their questions, experiences, and tips! Let your families know they need to email to receive the meeting invitation link. They can also email any questions or topics ahead of time to make sure they are covered! CAPTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED

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