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    CT Infant Mental Health conference: November 21, 2019

    October 18, 2019

    Join others in the field for a one-day conference: Embedding the Diversity-Informed Tenets into Your Work with Infants, Children, and Families. Increase Your Self-Awareness & Reflective Capacity about Diversity, and Find Your Voice as a Champion for Children.  The workshops lead participants through reflective exercises and consider how their work can be revised with the integration of the Tenets.  Register and Information 


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    It’s How You Are…Not Just What You Do!

    October 3, 2019

    Self-care has been a hot topic in some Early Intervention “circles” lately, so we want to share with you some thoughts about taking care of YOU! This blog is on Virginia’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog.


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    Trainings through CT Women’s Consortium

    October 1, 2019

    The CT Women’s Consortium offers many trainings of interest to staff and possibly to families.  Some current topics include: Neuroscience Interventions For Family Caregivers, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model; Boundaries Burnout and Professional Ethics.  These trainings seem valuable both personally and professionally.  Information:/netforum.avectra.com/eweb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?pager=0&Site=cwc&WebCode=Shopping&cart=0


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    Early Intervention Specialist Class (and ITFS Credential)

    October 1, 2019

    The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities through UCONN is taking applications for their year long course of study that leads to the Infant Toddler Family specialist Credential in the Birth to Three System.  It is a multi-disciplinary class and also allows Developmental Therapy Assistants to advance to a Developmental Therapy Specialist. The course work is in the following areas: Family-centered Practice, Evaluation and Assessment, and Intervention Planning.  Participants receive a significant stipend after successful completion.  For more information: https://uconnucedd.org/2019/09/23/now-enrolling-interdisciplinary-training-for-early-intervention-professionals-specialist-program/    


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    CDC Milestone Tracker

    October 1, 2019

    If you haven’t yet explored the resources available on the CDC’s Developmental Milestone pages, you’re really missing something great! There are checklists, videos, activity suggestions and more.  Please explore and share with families!   https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html


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    Dive In Zero to Three Annual Conference – October 2-4, 2019; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    September 19, 2019

    The early childhood field is a vast and ever-expanding sea of possibilities. Savvy professionals are always exploring new depths in search of innovative solutions that will enable them do their best work. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2019 features an extensive array of research-informed and competency-based sessions designed to help you navigate the changing tides, and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. DIVE IN and let ZERO TO THREE currents guide you to hidden treasures! Primary Venue The Diplomat 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 The Diplomat Since 1920, this charming coastal area has been a favorite of travelers seeking a quieter … Continue reading


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    Workshop: Anti-Racism October 12 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm

    September 13, 2019

    Free Anti-Racism Workshop Training designed for community members and EVERYONE whose work impacts the lives of Hartford residents. Light dinner and childcare provided. Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street; Hartford, CT RSVP Hartfordetc@gmail.com Lkerith@gmail.com


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    Coaching During Service Coordination: What does It Look Like?

    September 13, 2019

    The National Service Coordination CoP through DEC is putting on a webinar on October 30, 2019 from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time addressing use of coaching during service coordination activities.  Register here.    


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    Service Coordination – Navigating Difficult Situations

    September 4, 2019

    Weathering the Storm – How Service Coordinators Manage Difficult Situations: This article from Virginia’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog highlights the difficult work of service coordinators as conflict managers and provides some helpful tips for navigating these situations. There are a number of thought-provoking comments at the end of the article as well.


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    25th Anniversary (FY18) Data Report is Available Online!

    August 28, 2019

    In the past we called these “Baby Books” and for many years they were professionally designed and printed.  Then when funding was tight we cut back and produced simple PDFs online in house. Since we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a state system on October 1st, 2018, the OEC wanted to support designing and printing this special report. All the reports can be found here https://www.birth23.org/how-are-we-doing/annualdata/ and FY18 is at the top. FY19 will be posted more quickly as we go back to reporting this in a way that costs less including linking to CTData.org and other public and open … Continue reading


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    Conference: When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders @ Clarion Hotel; Portland, ME – 10/21/19 – 10/24/19

    August 27, 2019

    When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding Dates & Location: Special Weekday Conference Monday – Thursday OCTOBER 21-24, 2019 PORTLAND, ME Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street   Presented by: Dr. Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L, & Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP   Registration Information: Early Bird (on or before 8/15/19): $739.00/person Standard (on or after 8/16/2019): $789.00/person Group Discounts at any time (only 1 applies) 3rd person’s registration = 25% off; 4th person’s registration = 50% off; 5th person’s registration = FREE We’ve booked a block of rooms … Continue reading


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    2019 Infant Toddler Institute @ EdAdvance; Litchfield, CT

    August 14, 2019

    2019 Infant Toddler Institute For Infant/Toddler Teachers, Early Care Providers, Home Visitors, B-3 Early Interventionists, Program Supervisors & Administrators DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: EdAdvance 355 Goshen Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 FEE: $90 (includes breakfast & lunch) REGISTER: sullivan@edadvance.org KEYNOTE: The Power of You: Bringing Your Best Self to Your Work with Infants, Toddlers & Their Families! Dr. Rebecca Parilla, Ph.D., IECMH-E® National Clinical Officer, Child First MORNING SESSION: Tools and Strategies to Promote Regulation in Self and Others -and- Overview of CT Association for Infant Mental Health, Endorsement & Reflective Supervision/Consultation Heidi … Continue reading


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    NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition

    July 25, 2019

    The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online.  To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link: https://mailchi.mp/oakhillct/neat-newsletter-617815?e=d9c9a9ec9a


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    Home Visitor Online Learning Modules

    July 16, 2019

    The Office of Early Childhood has overseen production of high-quality, engaging online modules for home visitors.  Modules include: Talking With Families About Safe Sleep, Family Play and Child Development, Infant Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Healthy Families.  Modules are in English and Spanish and are accessed here.  The link will also be added to our website.


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    IDEA Determinations

    June 19, 2019

    Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 13th year in a row Connecticut received a determination of “meets requirements”.  That is the highest level determination. This is important because it is one indicator of the health of the system.  The change in how programs are paid was very disruptive for everyone and yet we continue to meet IDEA requirements. The only way we could do this is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition … Continue reading


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    WEBINAR: Coaching in Early Childhood Sept. 25, 2019

    June 17, 2019

    Sponsored by Brookes Publishing   This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a variety of backgrounds. Join us to learn: The rationale for using a coaching interaction style with parents, teachers, and other care … Continue reading


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    BESB announces trainings for Fall 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Below are links for DORS-BESB Fall In-Services 2019  Wed 9/25/19 – Paraprofessional Day – (Paraprofessionals may only register for Day 1)  space is limited https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaching-students-visual-impairment-w-multiple-disabilitiesdb-para-day-tickets-63003160148 Thurs 9/26/19 – Professional Day – (Families, Education Teams, Administration may register for Day 1 or Day 2) space is limited https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaching-students-visual-impairment-w-multiple-disabilitiesdb-prof-day-tickets-63009876236   School Age In-Services: Monday 9/23/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Braille: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-strategies-and-techniques-for-teaching-students-who-read-braille-tickets-62813981309 Tuesday 10/1/19 – Paraprofessionals: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-and-techniques-for-paraeducators-working-with-students-with-visual-impairments-in-tickets-52405716910 Wednesday 10/2/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Large Print: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-techniques-4-teachers-working-wstudents-who-read-large-print-tickets-61312514381 


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    Prenatal Exposure to Substances

    June 4, 2019

    In partnership with ITCA, ECTA has posted a new webpage on Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/prenatalsubstances.asp This page includes Federal laws, research, and resources on policy/guidance and state examples. This page will also provide a link to the updated webpage Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA and Resources: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/capta.asp


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    WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

    May 9, 2019

    About This Webinar: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar addresses common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes. They will also discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet and provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.   Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & … Continue reading


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    Coaching Video

    April 17, 2019

        Foundations of Coaching in Early Childhood: Partnering with Parents and Professionals is a video training resource for early childhood coaches, based on the 5 key characteristics of coaching as outlined by Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden. It was developed in partnership with CT. Birth to Three and includes video of the coaching being used during a Birth to Three home visit, in a home child care, and center based child care. Watch the full video (run time 21:07) or watch the individual chapters focusing on the 5 characteristics of coaching.


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