Birth to Three Blog
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
DRAFT FFY23 Part C Application
March 16, 2023
Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $5M 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 FFY23 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023. 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
Riverside PD Opportunities
March 14, 2023
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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: https://forms.gle/jadw4mNyBTSKcAsD8 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.
Activities for Bonding with Young Children
February 15, 2023
Try these fun games and activities with children and watch how their eagerness to learn and their relationship with their caregivers grow! Resource from Zero to Three.
9th Annual Infant/Toddler Conference
February 15, 2023
Bridging Strong Relationships between Families, Caregivers, and Staff Members Sponsored by EASTCONN Early Childhood Initiative Register now for EASTCONN’s 9th annual Infant/Toddler Conference. The conference will be held Friday, March 3, 2023 from 8am-3:30pm at the EASTCONN Conference Center in Hampton, CT. The day is designed for teachers, caregivers, family service staff, Birth to Three providers, DCF workers, and administrators that serve the youngest learners. For more information on the day and to register, check out the flyer in English and Spanish.
January 25, 2023
2021 SPP/APR Submission is Now Online!
January 9, 2023
This is a link to the Final Submission of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report along with the State Systemic Improvement Plan. 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, 2023. For more information about the SPP, click here. If you have any questions or comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Support Program
December 15, 2022
The Saint Joseph Parenting Center is a nonprofit organization that provides free parenting support and education to the community. Their classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Their “Dads are the Difference” program starts in January 2023! Check out this flier in English and Spanish for more information!
December 14, 2022
Birth to Three Early Interventionist Roundtables! We are looking for Early Interventionists working with Hartford families, to join our roundtables so we can learn from providers about current referral processes, child assessments, and the steps taken for children identified as ineligible for early intervention services. Monday January 10, 2023 via Zoom 6:00- 7:00 Thursday, January 19, 2023 – via Zoom 3:00pm – 4:00pm Thursday, January 26, 2023 – Virtual via Zoom: Morning session 10:30-11:30 am and Afternoon Session 1:00pm – 2:00pm To sign up https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_251KbRMMNkM8aiO We will send Zoom link after registration
How is My Child’s School Doing? Using Information from the EdSight Portal to Understand School and District Performance
December 8, 2022
Join us for an interactive workshop to learn about the information available in EdSight and how to navigate the system. This workshop will guide you through tools that show overall school and district performance, like the Connecticut Report Cards and the Next Generation Accountability Index. You will also learn how to find information for specific student groups, such as English language learners or students with disabilities—presented by: Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Chief Performance Officer Connecticut State Department of Education. December 14, 2022, 5–6 p.m Register here!
Research Study Opportunity for Families
December 7, 2022
Yale Child Study Center The Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism (SANA) Program is looking for participants for one of their current studies. This study focuses on the social and emotional development in early childhood. For more information, check out this flyer.
Numeracy Family Activities
December 6, 2022
Shared from Baby Talk December 2022 Parents and caregivers can promote early math learning with these DREME Family Math resources. Read, sing, play, and learn together with activities focused on building young children’s understanding of mathematical operations. Materials may be selected by the age level of children (babies through early elementary). Learn more here.
CPAC’s Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals Presents:
November 23, 2022
“What is Service Coordination and What Does it Mean for You and Your Family?” In this training, we will explore the role of a Service Coordinator in Early Intervention, the types of support available to families, and how to make the most of this type of support while receiving Birth to Three services. When: Wednesday, December 7th, 6 PM – 7 PM Interpretación en español en vivo Register here
Strategies When Families Share Hard Things
November 14, 2022
Response Strategies When Families Share Hard Things Early interventionists often work with families and young children experiencing trauma. When families share something upsetting or surprising, early interventionists can be unsure about how to respond. Response Strategies When Families Share Hard Things, developed by the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI), provides in-the-moment response strategies to use when families share difficult or traumatic experiences. Source: https://challengingbehavior.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Response_Strategies_Families_Share_Hard_Things.pdf
Interdisciplinary Training for EI Professionals
November 1, 2022
New Cohort for EISP beginning in 2023! Offered through University of CT Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Click here for more information on the program.
Serve and Return Resources
October 31, 2022
When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences. This resource guide includes evidence, examples, videos, and opportunities to learn about and apply the concepts of serve and return to support cognitive, communication, and social-emotional development. Check out the options here.
Talking Tips for Caregivers
October 31, 2022
Talking Tips feature research-based strategies to help caregivers talk more with infants and toddlers. They are available in multiple languages. Learn more here.
October 19, 2022
Have You Discovered Problem Solvers?Problem Solvers is a free, play-based early math curriculum for children aged 2 ½ to 4 years old. It includes 22 early math activities, 22 specially-composed songs to support each activity, and 22 read-aloud suggestions that embed early math learning into literacy experiences. Each unit also includes a parent resource (English/Spanish) suggesting at-home math play ideas. Free download here.