Birth to Three Blog

    Priority Testing now available to Birth to Three personnel providing services for young children!

    January 12, 2021

    Here is the link to the updated OEC Memo 23-revised identifying Birth to Three personnel providing services to young children as a group qualifying for priority Covid-19 testing. OEC Memo 23 revised

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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 no later than January 20, 2021.

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    Advance Your Practices: Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

    December 22, 2020

    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   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do … Continue reading

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    If you don’t know about Charting the LifeCourse, now is a great time!

    December 16, 2020

    Building a great life starts early. If you get the CSDE Bureau Bulletin you will have seen that the Bureau of Special Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of Person-Centered Planning: LifeCourse Planning Tools. As you know Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the … Continue reading

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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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    Learn critical “whys” and “hows” underlying equity and anti-bias education!

    November 10, 2020

    Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood Early Childhood Services at CES is proud to offer two workshops led by Elsa Jones, a Child Development Specialist and advocate with a broad range of experience spanning more than three decades. Ms. Jones is Chair of Early Childhood Education and an Assistant Professor at Post University in Waterbury, Conn. Click each workshop to register or read more. Cost is $25 each. Advancing Equity and Anti-Bias Education as an Early Childhood Professional Nov. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. Addresses the critical “whys” and “hows” underlying equity and anti-bias education (ABE) for young children. Honoring Diversity in Authentic … Continue reading

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    CT Infant Mental Health Virtual Conference

    October 30, 2020

    The Impact of Homelessness on Infants, Young Children and their Families: Programs that promote infant/caregiver relationships This virtual conference will be presented November 19, 2020 from 9 AM – 12:30 PM.  Register HERE.

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    Service Coordinator CoP Webinar

    October 30, 2020

    The Service Coordinator Community of Practice of DEC is providing a Webinar on December 3, 2020 from 3 – 4 PM to review the document on Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators.  Register for the community of Practice newsletter or the Webinar here:

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    Birth to Three Lead Agency Job Posting!

    October 29, 2020

    A position for an Educational Projects Coordinator to work in the lead agency for Birth to Three has been posted.  Closing date for applications is 11/12/2020.  Click here for job posting and information.

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    Welcome Elisabeth Teller to the OEC B23 team!

    October 26, 2020

    The OEC lead agency team is building back up to be able to fully support our 19 EIS programs.  Elisabeth comes on board from Sarah, Inc.-KIDSTEPS where she served as the Director of Children’s Services, and the B23 program director for 16 years.  Before that she was a developmental therapist at the STAR Rubino Center.  It has been a long few years for Part C in Connecticut starting with the massive change to a fee for service system, then moving to a new lead agency (and a few new commissioners), then the RFP and related transitions and of course now … Continue reading

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    DEC Conference Early Bird Registration Ends October 30, 2020

    October 22, 2020

    The DEC Annual International VIRTUAL Conference is January 21-29, 2021 and practitioners and service coordinators get 50% off registration!!! Early bird registration ends October 30. Discount code is on this website as well as a link to register.

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    BAGL Webinar series

    September 30, 2020

    Here is a link for the first webinar in a new series: “Building a Great Life in Our Schools and Communities” Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Via Zoom (link provided once registered) The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities are pleased to announce the first in our Building a Great Life webinar series for famlies, advocates, providers and members of our communities Presented by Dr. Erik Carter, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, his research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general … Continue reading

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    New Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators

    September 24, 2020

    Visit the KSSC to learn more about how they may be used to support and guide Part C Early Intervention programs fulfilling the federal requirement of service coordination. To stay connected and informed on new and existing service coordination initiatives join the DEC Service Coordination Community of Practice!

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    Family Engagement Series at Brazelton Touchpoints Center

    August 17, 2020

    The Brazelton Center is running a family engagement series that includes 5 sessions starting August 25th.  More information:

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    EI Excellence BLOG

    August 6, 2020

    From the EI Excellence blog – Are They Just Not That Into Me?  A speech-language pathologist and service coordinator share perspective and strategies to use when it seems that the family is not interested in early intervention.

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    Birth to Three Job Posting!

    July 27, 2020

    The Monitoring position for Birth to Three has been posted with a closing date of August 10, 2020!  Come work with our exciting team!!  Job Title: Educational Projects Coordinator Opening Date: Jul 27 2020 12:00AM Closing Date: Aug 10 2020 11:59PM Recruitment Number: 200724-1120EA-001 Web Link:  

    Keep Reading Highlights A Birth to Three Therapist as Part of the “Bright Spot of Innovation” Series

    July 9, 2020

    Recently, Jennifer Michael, Developmental Therapist at KIDSTEP (SARAH-inc) was profiled in the ongoing “Bright Spot of Innovation” series highlighting the transition to providing services via technology during the current PHE and how it has afforded unique opportunities for all! Read the full article here

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    Babies Know When You Imitate Them – and Like It

    July 7, 2020

    Six-month old infants recognize when adults imitate them, and perceive imitators as more friendly, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Babies looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them, as opposed to when the adult responded in other ways. Babies also approached them more, and engaged in imitating games. See more from videos and information at this website. Information from Baby Talk – a free, one-way listserv that is distributed monthly. Each issue features high quality, readily available, and free resources. To join the listserv, send an email with no message or signature block … Continue reading

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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 and Nicole Cossette at

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