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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 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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    Connecticut Birth to Three System RFI

    May 17, 2024

    OEC is pleased to announce a Request for Information (RFI) to gather feedback and inform planning for the Birth to Three system RFP expected in fall 2024! You can find more information here: Connecticut Birth to Three System RFI – Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (ctoec.org)


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    Parent Forums

    May 17, 2024

    Join the Office of Early Childhood (OEC), Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and families for Parent Forums to discuss the Birth to Three referral process. The meetings will occur on Zoom, linked below, at the following times.  Date: Time: Zoom Link: 5/15/24 5-6 PM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86284806544 5/17/24 11 AM – 12 PM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84273501312 5/21/24 7-8 PM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83736599566 5/24/24 10-11 AM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86021927198 5/29/24 4-5 PM https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84034060973


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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: https://www.handsandvoices.org/great-start


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    Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

    May 10, 2024

    Date and Time: May 15, 2024, 5:00-6:00pm EST Presented by: Lauren Tucker, Ed.D., Associate Professor, SCSU (Graduate Program in Assistive Technology and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders) NEAT Members, CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers: FREEGeneral Public: $25 Description: Looking for assistive technology resources for the Birth to 3 population?  This webinar will share low to high-tech resources to engage and support the littles… from daily living tasks, early literacy, and communication.  Examples of visual schedules, sensory supports, adapted toys, adapted books, and more will be shared!  Takeaway resources will also be provided to extend your learning beyond … Continue reading


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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 https://tinyurl.com/rapid-nhecc 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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    Cancelled: “The Trauma of Homelessness: The Impact on Very Young Children & Families” 2-part training scheduled for April has been cancelled due to low enrollment numbers. Alternate dates will be explored.

    April 15, 2024

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    Quinnipiac University – GO BABY GO

    April 11, 2024

    GO BABY GO IS A PROGRAM THAT MODIFIES RIDE ON CARS FOR CHILDREN WITH MOBILITY LIMITATIONS


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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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    Assistive Technology For Infants, Toddlers And Young Children

    April 5, 2024

    Date and Time: May 15, 2024 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST Presented by: Lauren Tucker, Ed.D., Associate Professor, SCSU (Graduate Program in Assistive Technology and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders) NEAT Members, the CT SDE Subscription and CT Birth to Three Providers: FREEGeneral Public: $25 Description: Looking for assistive technology resources for the Birth to 3 population?  This webinar will share low to high-tech resources to engage and support the littles… from daily living tasks, early literacy, and communication.  Examples of visual schedules, sensory supports, adapted toys, adapted books, and more will be shared!  Takeaway resources will also be provided to … Continue reading


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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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    Draft FFY2024 Part C Allocation Application

    March 4, 2024

    Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4.5M 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 FFY24 Part C Application. Written comments on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. 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


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    Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Children With Disabilities Under the IDEA

    February 20, 2024

    New guidance on Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Children With Disabilities Under the IDEA helps increase understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s (IDEA’s) requirements for assistive technology (AT) devices and services. These resources from the Office of Educational Technology (OET) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) also dispel common AT misconceptions and provide examples of how to use AT devices and services for children with disabilities. Providing children with disabilities with the tools needed to succeed can help break down barriers and create a more inclusive and equitable educational system for all. Source: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/at-guidance/


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    2022 SPP/APR Submission is Now Online!

    January 30, 2024

    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, 2024.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  If you have any questions or comments please email amanda.kach@ct.gov.


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    FFY 2022 SPP/APR DRAFT is available for review

    December 21, 2023

    This is a link to the DRAFT 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.  The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2024.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  If you have any questions or comments please email amanda.kach@ct.gov.


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    Safety in Home Visiting Presentation

    November 9, 2023

    Northwest Cares will be hosting an educational program focusing on “Healthcare Safety in the Home” on December 6, 2023, at 8:30 -10:00am.  The presentation is approximately 60 minutes followed up with 30 minutes of Q&A, if needed. Please email Paul.Rabeuf@hhchealth.org with any questions. Use the QR code in flyer below to register.


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    Children with Disabilities: Know your Rights and Responsibilities under Federal Law

    October 16, 2023

    Event Date: November 2, 2023 at 12pm AND 6pm A virtual presentation and discussion hosted by the Education Working Group about the civil rights of children with disabilities. This year’s focus topic is children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but the group works to help children and parents with all disabilities. This presentation is designed for the parents, caregivers, and guardians of children with disabilities as well as directors and staff who work at child care organizations and camps. Click here to see the flyer for the event. Register here.


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    Somos Latinx Families: A Family to Family Real Talk Conversation

    July 31, 2023

    SAVE THE DATES: Every other Monday, beginning October 2 through November 27, 2023, 3-4:30pm (ET) This free, 5-episode virtual conversation series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for, by, and with Latinx families. Explore what it means to be a parent as part of the Latinx community, raising Latinx children while navigating U.S. mainstream cultures, and connecting Latinx cultural identities to physical and mental well-being. Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support. The series begins on Monday, October 2, 2023, and will be held every other Monday, from 3 to 4:30 PM ET / … Continue reading


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