Birth to Three Blog

    Draft State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is Now Online!

    March 2, 2021

    This is a link to the draft of the State Systemic Improvement Plan SSIP report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online. The SSIP is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by April 1, 2021.  For more information about the SSIP, click here. If you have any questions or comments please email nicole.cossette@ct.gov and alice.ridgway@ct.gov no later than March 20, 2021.  


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    Part C Draft Application

    March 2, 2021

    Draft Part C Application Available for Comment March 1, 2021  Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M 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 FFY21 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021. Comments should be sent to the attention of Alice E. Ridgway, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus … Continue reading


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    Read OEC’s new handout about promoting well-being during COVID-19

    February 11, 2021

    The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has a new fact sheet with a list of trusted organizations offering support to families during the emergency. The resources — which were provided by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) — include links and contact information for behavioral health support, community resources, crisis hotlines, and more. Read the “promoting well-being” fact sheet here


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    Motor Therapists: Free Courses on Orthotics

    February 10, 2021

    Cascade is offering a Intro to Dynamic Bracing Course Series.  Courses are free and available asynchronously.     Access Cascade Training Here


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    Learning Series for Families About Language Development

    February 9, 2021

    Join Speech Therapist, Kaili Rehm, MS, CCC/SLP, and Special Education Teacher, Ashley Baehr, DT, BS/ECSE, from Reachout, Inc. Learn how language develops in young children and what expressive and receptive language skills are. Participants will learn what skills young children need to communicate emotions, thoughts, ideas, and feelings effectively. Families will have the opportunity to discuss suggestions to improve their young child’s language skills, and will learn when it is appropriate to make a referral to Birth to Three. For more information email:afontaine@cpacinc.org Register here!    


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    FFY19 SPP/APR Is Available Online

    February 9, 2021

    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 final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


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    New Webinar offered by Zero to Three!

    February 4, 2021

    Supporting Young Children and Families Using Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:00-3:15 PM ET Live version is free for members Event link is available for 30 days for non-members Register Now The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging due to restrictions on in-person work and the need to use telehealth. While clinicians and other providers have faced some barriers, they have also learned about unexpected advantages. This webinar will describe the approaches taken to deliver mental health services to young children and families and the lessons learned by four different programs during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Zero … Continue reading


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    Where Do We Grow From Here? Virtual Conference April 2021

    January 22, 2021

    2021 Virtual Conference – April 16 & 17 Childhood Conversations and Together We Will presents: Where Do We Grow From Here? Reflections on Covid, Recovery & Rebuilding See www.childhoodconversations.com for more information.


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    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 nicole.cossette@ct.gov 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 freyre@uchc.edu   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? https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEjoJH33UbhfFvn 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 ctchapter@agbell.org 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: https://www.dec-sped.org/servicecoordinationcop


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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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