Birth to Three Blog

    Birth to Three Professional Development – New!

    August 30, 2016

    Assistive Technology: An IDEA Part C Service will be presented by CT. Birth to Three and NEAT Marketplace on October 26, 2016.  The training will include a morning session covering AT  regulations, procedures,  and NEAT supports; and an afternoon session on low tech to high tech communication supports.  Register for either or both sessions through the Birth to Three Calendar. Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices.  If  you did not attend last year, take advantage of the knowledge and support for working with families that you will gain in this one day training: an essential training for all individuals working … Continue reading


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    DCF Commissioner Katz speaking Sept. 12 in Hartford

    August 29, 2016

    You are cordially invited to the 14th annual Parents with Cognitive Limitations Workgroup meeting on Poverty and Cognitive Limitations:  Research, Policy and Practice Monday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 – 12 noon at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford CT. Please RSVP by September 7, 2016 to Mary.Alfano@ct.gov with your name, organization, email and phone number Featured speakers include: Commissioner Joette Katz, Department of Children and Families Joanne Goldblum, MSW, Founder & Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network Jessica Bartholow, Esq., Legislative Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty Megan V. Smith, PhD, MPH,  Yale Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Sponsors: Connecticut … Continue reading


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    NEAT Marketplace Birth to Three Inventory

    August 16, 2016

    The NEAT Marketplace inventory for Birth to Three has been recently updated.  If you are considering Assistive Technology for a child, make sure to have a consult with a team member from the discipline related to the child’s need, to assess what type of AT might benefit the child.  Also, please ensure all borrowed equipment is returned to NEAT so it can go back into inventory!  We are a bit low on adaptive seating at the moment.  Please check around!!


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    Can Facetime video chat with Grandma or Grandpa support development?

    August 16, 2016

    New research sheds light on the value of Facetime as meaningful interaction versus just more “screen” time.


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    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) resources from U.S.HHS

    August 15, 2016

    Opioid abuse is increasing nationally with a correlated increase in prenatal opioid exposures and more infants born with the resulting developmental impact. Families of infants diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) are automatically eligible for CT early intervention if referred within the first three months of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides resources that you may find helpful as you work with families affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/opioid-use-disorders-and-medication-assisted-treatment/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome.aspx One such resource is a video posted by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services that offers several approaches you may want to share with parents … Continue reading


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    Update on Re-Referrals

    August 15, 2016

    Families’  involvement with Birth to Three may start and stop, then restart for a variety of reasons.  When the child is Exited from SPIDER, then the family contacts you or their service coordinator to reconnect,  a set of factors are considered before either the Exit is removed or a new record is created. As of August 1st, CDI administrators Kareena DuPlessis and  Shirley Caro are  processing all of these requests.  They follow the same decision rules that were in effect previously; no changes in protocol.  This streamlined process reduces the number of steps and amount of time needed before a family reconnects with Birth to Three supports. Please … Continue reading


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    New System of Payments Policy for Families online

    August 5, 2016

    The new System of Payments for Families Policy brochure is now available online.  Thanks to the generous support of our Governor and General Assembly, most costs of providing services and supports to families is paid by state funds.  Here is the breakout: 70% State of CT 12% Medicaid reimbursements 9% federal funds 7% private insurance reimbursements 2% parent payments Families that make $45,000 or more  pay a monthly fee based on a sliding scale. These family payments help the state to continue to provide supports and services to all families of eligible children.


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    Best Practice Resources for you!

    July 27, 2016

     Have you checked out the resources, tools and research at your fingertips regarding best practices in Birth To Three?  Find everything you need on the CT. Birth to Three Website.  And don’t forget to sign up for the weekly email updates for our BLOG – and easy way to keep up to date!  


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    Back by Popular Demand!

    July 20, 2016

    Two additional trainings on “Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices” have been added to the Birth to Three Calendar.  Dates are September 14th in Trumbull and November 16th in Hartford.  This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three system.   Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within those activities, to help families promote their child’s development.  Sign up soon as trainings fill up fast!


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    Mind the Baby training at Yale Child Study Center

    July 11, 2016

    The annual Minding the Baby® (MTB) training institute is right around the corner, to be held July 19-21, 2016 at the Yale Child Study Center, and there is still time to register!  For more information, please see below and visit:  http://www.mtb.yale.edu/training  To register, please visit: http://mtb.yale.edu/training/registrationform.aspx  MTB is an evidence-based home visiting model run in collaboration with the Yale School of Nursing, Yale Child Study Center, and Fair Haven Community Health Clinic. Developed in a home visitation setting, MTB is an interdisciplinary, primary intervention model that can also be adapted for use in non-home settings.  The annual 3-day MTB training institute is focused on the clinical … Continue reading


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    Dual Language Learners – facts & resources

    June 13, 2016

    “The number of children ages 5 to 17 in the U.S. who speak a language other than English at home has more than doubled in the past three decades. These home languages are an asset that should be valued…”    – U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. The White House announced a new joint policy statement supporting early childhood programs and states by providing recommendations promoting the development and learning of young children, birth to age five, who are dual language learners (DLLs). This statement also supports tribal communities’ language revitalization efforts within tribal early childhood programs. Also, read ED’s Fact Sheet: Supporting Dual … Continue reading


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    “Every Parent Has What It Takes To Be A Brain Builder”

    June 10, 2016

    This is a new and exciting resource, JoinVroom.org,  for parents developed by a group of dedicated scientists and leaders in brain development.  Parents can sign up (website or app) to receive simple, developmentally appropriate ideas that support their child’s learning.  Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.


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    Zero To Three National Parent Survey

    June 10, 2016

    ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, conducted a comprehensive research effort, including in-home discussions and a large national parent survey with a diverse range of parents of children from birth to 5. The findings provide new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.


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    Better Hearing and Speech Month webinars

    May 9, 2016

    “Communication Takes Care”  Join us for the  Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.  No registration is required to join the webinars.  May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)  https://ncham.adobeconnect.com/ncham/ Captioning Services:  http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=NCHAM   May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Quality … Continue reading


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    Infant Mental Health Collaborative meetings

    May 9, 2016

    Join your colleagues at various locations around the state on May 18, June 9, 20, 27 or 28 to: Promote awareness of infant mental health Promote use of relationship-based practices throughout infant/early childhood communities Expand skills, knowledge & best practice in field of infant mental health Identify gaps/needs in programs & communities related to infant mental health Advance knowledge of the competencies & endorsement in infant mental health Identify & explore opportunities for collaborative training & reflective supervision This is for EVERYONE serving infants, toddlers/very young children and their families!!! For times, locations and to RSVP:  contact Anne Giordano   Giordano@educationconnection.org   860-567-0863 X236


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    Your Voice Needed – ECCS Community Discussions

    May 4, 2016

    The OEC and United Way Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) group is hosting four community discussions on how to increase Connecticut’s ability to detect and address developmental challenges and delays in children aged 0-5 through developmental promotion, monitoring and screening, and supporting linkage to follow up services when there are developmental concerns. We want YOUR input on the ECCS work and Action Plan. Audience: ECE and family child care providers, Early Childhood community members and stakeholders, families, Birth to Three providers   Format: Open forum setting with a guided presentation, Q & A, and brief opinion survey When and Where: Monday, May 9, 3:00-4:30 PM: Energize … Continue reading


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    Comedy Night to celebrate Mental Health Awareness

    April 22, 2016

    What: Don’t miss the Poster Sisters of Imperfection! Side-splitting sisters Patty Konjoian & Gina Gallagher, authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, present “A Humorous Look at Parenting Children with Special Needs” Where: Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, Groton, CT 06340 When: Wednesday, May, 11, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm Why: To create awareness and acceptance of children with behavioral health care needs, both in the foster care system and throughout our community. Costs: $10.00 per person, includes dessert buffet, coffee & tea. Take a Break from the Kids, Come to Comedy Night! Ticket Purchase Options: Register online with … Continue reading


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    Fun for Families & Little Ones – STEM activities

    April 21, 2016

    During the early years when children begin to develop language and social skills, they’re also learning about early science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through play and everyday interactions.  STEM learning is a critical part of child development and can happen anytime, anywhere. The real-life skills that children learn when exploring STEM help make them better problem-solvers and thinkers. IDEA Part C includes early numeracy and early literacy as important skills for infants and toddlers. “Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM” tip sheet for Parents offers fun ways to add a daily dose of STEM learning into families’ regular … Continue reading


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    Supporting Military Families

    April 18, 2016

    Military families experience many unique challenges that may be misunderstood by civilian providers. What happens to families after separation from the military? If the service member has changed due to physical injury, traumatic loss, PTSD, depression and anxiety, or traumatic brain injury—costs of war borne also by spouses, children, and parents—the challenges of transition are intensified. To prepare mental health providers to assist veteran families in their transition to the community, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has posted the factsheet After Service: Veteran Families in Transition. Providers will find information about veteran families’ experiences, challenges, and opportunities that accompany their transition … Continue reading


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    Ending Family Homelessness

    April 11, 2016

    Join the CT Office of Early Childhood and the Partnership for Strong Communities on Tuesday April 26 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM to hear: Sharon McDonald, Director for Families and Youth at the National  Alliance to End Homelessness highlight national best practices and promising strategies Kathryn Parr, University of CT  presenting cost impact findings Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor and other panelists discussing state-level strategies to support families with unstable housing and prevent or reduce homelessness Free and open to the public The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (directions: www.lyceumcenter.org)   Register now: https://2016apriliforum.eventbrite.com More information: www.pschousing.org/2016-iforums  


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