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    Transitions for Young Children in Military Families – Parent webinar

    September 13, 2017

    When a Service Member leaves the military, the child leaves the military as well.  The focus of this webinar is on aiding the transition of young children of veterans:  children of service members who have served in the military on active duty, national guard or reserve, and who are transitioning or have already transitioned out of the military. Discussion will include defining the different types of transitions and sharing positive strategies to address the implications when a military family with young children transitions to civilian life. This webinar is written for parents.  Professionals who work with military-connected children may find it … Continue reading


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    Advance Your Practices: Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

    September 13, 2017

    Are you working in Birth to Three and want to expand your knowledge and practices with families.  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules. Course starts in January.  Apply now!  If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish at (860) 679-1563 or email at freyre@uchc.edu   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do … Continue reading


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    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – webinar

    September 11, 2017

    September 19, 2017: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: What is it and how can it be prevented? Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:30:00 PM EDT – 1:30:00 PM EDT Every 25 minutes, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Maternal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is dramatically increasing, by nearly five-fold since 2000, providing newborns with greater likelihood of birthweight, respiratory complications, and other critical health conditions. (NIH, 2017). This webinar will describe, review screening and treatment recommendations, and showcase select health programs for managing NAS. Dr. Joseph El Khoury, Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the … Continue reading


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    Grandparents as Care Providers: Understanding Their Experiences and Meeting Their Needs

    August 31, 2017

    Grandparents are the caregivers of choice for working parents of children under five. But while grandparents tell us their grandchildren are their greatest joy, sharing the care with their adult children isn’t always smooth sailing. Join ZERO TO THREE for a live, interactive virtual event—learn more about how grandparents view their role and get tips on helping families navigate this essential three-generation relationship.  This free online learning experience is being presented on September 14th 2 – 2:45 PM.


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    Great Resources to Share with Parents from CPAC

    August 31, 2017

    With the start of the school year, the recent Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) newsletter shared information and support for parents on a variety of topics including special education, family support, and leadership.  Connect your parents with the valuable resources found on the CPAC website  !


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    CONGRATULATIONS to Donna Notti – Cheshire Teacher of the YEAR!

    August 24, 2017

    At the Cheshire Public School Convocation it was announced that Donna Notti, one of our own Birth to Three Program Directors,  is the district’s teacher of the year for 2017-2018!  What a great and well-deserved honor for Donna reflecting all of  her exemplary work with Birth to Three families and children, her colleagues, and for the Birth to Three system as a whole!  Please join us in congratulating Donna!!


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    Check Out The New Calendar with Updated Training Information

    August 17, 2017

    Along with the new website comes a new calendar.  It appears as a list with some information about each training or event.  If you prefer a whole month calendar view, just click on the Agenda box at the top right of the calendar and change it to the view you prefer.  Some trainings have recently been added and more will be coming.  Check in frequently!


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    New Communication Resources for Birth to Three Providers

    August 17, 2017

    NEAT has developed several AT Informational Resource Flyers on various communication apps and devices frequently requested by Birth to Three providers (such as Pro-Lo-Quo, LAMP).  These resources provide information on the notable features of each application along with links to video training modules on their use.  These informational AT resources can be found on the Birth to Three section of the NEAT website.


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    Online Resource to expand your EI knowledge!

    August 16, 2017

    This Professional Development site has  good information on Early Intervention topics and working with families.  A recent article, A Sunrise EI Moment You’ll Never Forget, speaks to why we all do what we do.  Very touching, and very true!  Check out this valuable information!


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    Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

    August 10, 2017

    Are you working in Birth to Three and want to expand your knowledge and practices with families.  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules. If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish at (860) 679-1563 or email at freyre@uchc.edu   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do in early intervention, then this is … Continue reading


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    Change to Parent Payment Contractor – English & Spanish notices

    July 6, 2017

    The July 1 change in billing vendor from Summit to PCG (Public Consulting Group) was announced to families last week.  Notices from PCG to families are posted here in English and Spanish. The PCG toll-free HelpDesk number is 1-844-293-0023.


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    Is that diagnosis an established condition?

    July 5, 2017

    Knowing which diagnoses and ICD-10 codes confer automatic eligibility is vital – and subject to change. Contact Eileen with any questions about medical information that you receive when you are unsure about how it affects Birth to Three eligibility. Look at the updated lists here.    


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    Don’t Leave Babies in Cars!

    July 3, 2017

    Every Summer, children die because they were left in the car… “…for just a few minutes.” “I didn’t want to wake him.” “She had a sippy cup of juice with her…” “I left his sister in charge.” Please share these information sheets and tips with your families to help prevent these tragedies. English       Spanish NEVER leave a baby in the car without a responsible adult, any season of the year.


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    Change in Family Payment Process & Billing Vendor

    June 29, 2017

    The Connecticut Birth to Three System has contracted with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to process Family Cost Participation payments.  Beginning July 1, 2017 PCG will replace Summit Technologies and will manage the invoice, payment process and suspension letters. Read this letter for full details.    


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    Failure to Thrive and Oral Aversion in Immigrant Infants and Toddlers

    June 27, 2017

    Recent research on the increased frequency of developmentally and physical normal infants and toddlers of immigrant families presenting with a history of refusing to eat or take the breast or bottle for feeding.


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    Coaching Institute for Early Childhood – July 19 & 20

    June 16, 2017

    Are you interested in learning about coaching models and improving your practice? This two-day institute will support levels of beginner, intermediate and experienced coaches in the early intervention field. Outcomes: Examine different coaching models that support early childhood providers and parents; Learn more about the core principles of coaching as outlined by Rush & Shelden; Explore differences in coaching process when context/setting is considered; Reflect on your coaching disposition; Understand the different roles related to coaching vs. supervision vs. consultation. This training is sponsored by All Our Kin, CT. Birth to Three, CT. Head Start, Office of Early Childhood, EASTCONN, … Continue reading


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    Workshop: Promoting Social Competence

    June 16, 2017

     Promoting Social Competence: Using quality practices to plan and prevent challenging behaviors in young children.          UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is offering a summer workshop for Early Childhood professionals on the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective early childhood practices to address challenging behaviors. Areas of focus will include:  Precipitators of Behavior Challenges, Multi-Tiered Levels of Student Support, Curriculum and Adaptations, Family Partnerships, Relationships.   More Information!        


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    BDI 2 has new norms!

    June 16, 2017

    The BDI-2 NU has been released with new norms that reflect changes in race, region and socioeconomic status.  The changes in norms on the BDI-2 NU relative to the BDI-2 require slightly higher raw scores in several domains in order to achieve the same scaled score.  The effect in the 0-3 age group is not as significant as with the 3.5-5 year old group but is notable in the personal-social, adaptive and communication areas, making it more likely for children to meet eligibility criteria. The current BDI-2 kit remains valid however programs should purchase the new examiner manual which has … Continue reading


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    FREE Summer Meals for Kids!

    June 8, 2017

    Summer Meals Programs provide FREE, federally funded, healthy meals and snacks for children 18 and younger during the summer when school meals are no longer available. There are more than 600 Summer Meals locations statewide! The Summer Meals program is administered by the CT Department of Education. Click here for more information including a list of locations.


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    DADDY MATTERS (a 4-Part Web Series)

    June 5, 2017

    ZERO TO THREE ZERO TO THREE has teamed up with YouTube star La Guardia Cross to create “Daddy Matters,” a 4-part web series that launches today with new episodes every Friday through the month of June. We’ll kick things off with a Facebook Live tonight at 7pm Eastern. Please join us! Daddy Matters explores why dads matter and what matters to dads. La Guardia is the creator of New Father Chronicles which captures life with his adorable young daughters. His candid and always comedic take on life as a dad has drawn millions of engaged viewers and sparks lively conversations on his … Continue reading


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