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    FFY20/SFY21 APR and SSIP Draft Available

    January 3, 2022

    Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The draft report is available here https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.  If you have any suggestions or questions just email Nicole.Cossette@ct.gov before 1/29/22. 


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    Sparkler Overview for Birth to Three Providers

    December 22, 2021

    Sparkler’s mobile app helps families know how their children are developing through observations of age-based play activities and through the leading child development screen, the Ages and Stages Questionnaires ® (ASQ® ). The Sparkler team, including representatives from Sparkler and 211 Child Development, will be offering an overview of the app to Birth to Three providers in early 2022. The training will discuss how to support families that do no qualify for early intervention and how Sparkler can be used. There are 4 options being offered for this training: January 19th 9-10am January 26th 2-3pm January 28th 9-10am February 4th 2-3pm … Continue reading


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    CT Leadership Academy

    December 1, 2021

    CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. 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 bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


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    Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals Presents: SIT for Autism

    November 30, 2021

    This training is for short-term childcare providers, families, and caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders. The training will increase knowledge of the characteristics of autism, and it will focus on skill development and strategies that can be used while sitting for a young child with autism. A detailed digital SIT preparation booklet will be provided to participants. For more information, email Adriana Fontaine at afontaine@cpacinc.org When: December 8th 6 – 7:30 PM Register here!


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    Shared Reading Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Families

    November 24, 2021

    Join Yale for a shared reading event on Saturday, 12/4/21, from 10:30am-1:30pm. Registration is FREE but required. Click here for more information on the event and for the registration link.


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    CT Leadership Academy

    November 17, 2021

    CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. 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 bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


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    Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B) 2021-2022 Updates

    November 9, 2021

    Join Nicole Cossette, Adrianna Fontaine, and Andrea Brinnel as they have a conversation regarding Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B). There will be four sessions, two on Friday, December 10th, and two on Wednesday, December 15th. See the attached flyer below for more information.   Transition from Birth to Three to Public School Flyer


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    Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals: Transitioning Your Child with Hearing Loss to Preschool

    November 5, 2021

    This presentation is designed for parents/caregivers with children in Birth to Three who need to expand their knowledge about hearing loss, the evaluations needed for transition into preschool, differences in services from Birth to Three versus programs in public schools, and preschool options for young children with hearing impairments. Date: November 10th 6-7 PM. For more information, email Adriana Fontaine at: afontaine@cpacinc.org Register here!


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    Do you know an educator, parent, school or community leader, or family child care provider in New Haven?

    November 2, 2021

    Do you want new knowledge, skills and insight to give children ideal learning opportunities? You’re invited to join NH ChILD’s Professional Learning Community MONTHLY VIRTUAL MEETINGS 5:30 – 7:30 PM starting 11/17/21 NH ChILD asks that all participants commit to regular attendance; apply their learnings to their practice; have their leadership’s approval as necessary. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a stipend of up to $300 for participation in the 6 PLC sessions ($50 per session). Click HERE for more information  


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    Webinar: Connecting Literacy and Social Emotional Development

    November 1, 2021

    On November 17, 2021 from 11:00 – 12:30 PM, the Military Families Learning Network hosts “Using Children’s Books and Storytelling to Connect Literacy and Social Emotional Development. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Tweety Yates. Did you know that literacy and social emotional development occur on a parallel path? Well, it’s true! Early childhood professionals can connect literacy and social emotional development activities across their daily schedules and routines. This provides children with many opportunities to practice these developing skills. Children’s books and storytelling can be fantastic catalysts to do this. This webinar will provide fun ideas and activities … Continue reading


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    National Service Coordination Resources: What’s new and where are we going?

    October 27, 2021

    Curious to learn about resources, tools and activities to support states and programs using the DEC/ITCA Joint Position Statement on Service Coordination in Early Intervention and the Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators (KSSC)?  Register today for the next DEC SC CoP web conversation happening on December 9, 2021 from 10:30-11:30am ET. It will be recorded and available on the DEC SC CoP website if you are unable to join live.


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    Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B) 2021-2022 Updates

    October 22, 2021

    Join Nicole Cossette, Adrianna Fontaine, and Andrea Brinnel as they have a conversation regarding Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B). There will be four sessions, two on Friday, December 10th, and two on Wednesday, December 15th. See the attached flyer below for more information.   Transition from Birth to Three to Public School Flyer


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    First STEPs Training for Families

    October 19, 2021

    CPAC’s Family Connections Program presents First STEPs Training Series! This four-session virtual series is designed to help parents understand the Birth to Three System, evaluation process, transition from Birth to Three into Preschool Special Education, and advocacy skills. This training series will prepare families to navigate their role in Birth to Three, understand data from evaluations, and learn how to prepare for when Birth to Three services end. First session will begin on Tuesday November 9th at 1 pm. For additional questions, please email Adriana Fontaine at afontaine@cpacinc.org Families interested in participating can register here!


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    Register now for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

    October 18, 2021

    AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help set … Continue reading


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    New Job Posting!

    October 18, 2021

    We are hiring for the Part C Data Manager!  See the job posting below:   https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=211014&R2=6856AR&R3=001


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    NEW Pyramid Model Backpack Training Webinar Series for Families

    October 4, 2021

    CPAC and Uconn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities proudly presents a training webinar series for Families enrolled in Birth to Three. These series will focus on helping families setting routines and schedules, handling difficult transitions, helping their child to manage time and to create activities that reduce challenging behavior. Presented by Bethanne Vergean, Research Assistant and Connecticut’s Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Trainings will take place the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. First training will cover strategies to help young children transition from one activity to another. … Continue reading


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    Automatic Eligibility Updates effective October 1, 2021

    October 1, 2021

    The CT Birth to Three System has updated the diagnosed conditions list for automatic eligibility in an effort to better align with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity and Early Intervention for best practice. Effective October 1, 2021, children born under 32 weeks gestation and/or weighing less than 1500 grams are automatically eligible for early intervention supports in CT. Here is the link for the full list of diagnosed conditions and ICD 10 codes for automatic eligibility in CT. Refer to the Evaluation and Assessment Procedure and Guidance document for more information.


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    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

    September 29, 2021

    AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help … Continue reading


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    CPAC Presents: Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals ABA Foundations

    September 22, 2021

    Do you have questions about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and whether is right for your child? In this workshop we will explore what ABA means, how to know if ABA is right for your child, when to seek help and how does ABA improve communication and language skills in young children with Autism. Workshop presented by Rachel Scott-Rosenbluth, MS, BCBA, LBA Applied Behavioral Interventions’ Clinical Director at Autism Care Partners. When: Wednesday October 6th 6-7 PM Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3nMXVKo For more information, contact CPAC at (860) 739-3089 or email Adriana Fontaine at: afontaine@cpacinc.org  


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    Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers

    September 7, 2021

    Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Head Start Association to create this online resource to provide families and caregivers with the information, suggested actions, and assistance they need to be empowered partners in their children’s vision and eye health, and to care for their own vision and eye health. Resources available in English and Spanish. Learn more here.


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