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    What Are Other State Part C Systems Doing?

    January 20, 2015

    The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) recently posted the results of two 2014 surveys related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online.  These have interesting information about what is going on in other states. 2014 ITCA Tipping Points Survey – Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses – This survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty‐eight of the fifty-six states and jurisdictions responded to the … Continue reading


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    IYC Article about Using Signs from ISEI

    January 20, 2015

    The following is from an email  to members the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI).  Anyone can join for free and get these emails by signing up at their website listed below. ========================================== The journal Infants & Young Children (IYC) is published in conjunction with the ISEI.  As part of this relationship, the publisher of IYC has made available on the ISEI website (www.isei.washington.edu) an article from each issue of IYC for our members.  The article for this issue of IYC is: Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D., CCC/SLP and  Dana Battaglia, … Continue reading


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    Circle of Security Parenting Training for Professionals

    January 16, 2015

    Circle of Security Parenting Training© is a DVD parent education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS® protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate caregivers.  As noted on our Birth to Three Calendar, there is a training in New Britain, CT. in June 2015.  If you are interested in forming a group in order to secure a discounted rate, please contact linda.bamonte@ct.gov.


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    The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces the availability of funds through the Consumer Involvement Fund.

    January 13, 2015

    The Consumer Involvement Fund  (CIF) is a program that provides partial funding for individuals with developmental disabilities or their family members in Connecticut to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. The intent of the CIF is to promote consumer involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. For more information contact  Molly Cole, Director CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-418-6157, 800-653-1134, Molly.cole@ct.gov Please share this with others in Connecticut.  


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    Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS)

    January 12, 2015

    The CT ELDS were developed through the work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Early Learning Standards Workgroup and published by the Office of Early Childhood. In addition, over 100 state and national experts participated in some way during the development process, helping to ensure a strong and comprehensive set of Early Learning Standards for Connecticut.  The CT ELDS and a document that aligns the standards with the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) can now be found on the Birth to Three website.


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    Upcoming Trainings

    January 12, 2015

    We have many exciting trainings coming up in the next several months. Please refer to the Birth to Three Calendar for details. January – Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders; Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention (Rush & Shelden) March – Developing Effective Sensory Diets; Service Coordination; Together We Will: Use a Framework for Social Emotional Success April – Young Children’s Play in Early Intervention May – Effects of Stress & Trauma on the Social Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers June –  The Whole Pie Framework for Pediatric Feeding July – Service Coordination Also listed on the website calendar are opportunities … Continue reading


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    The SSIP is taking shape

    January 6, 2015

    What is the SSIP?  The State Systemic Improvement Plan is the newest indicator in the State Performance Plan required by section 616 of the IDEA.  This indicator is pretty comprehensive and involves all of the lead agency teams within Birth to Three; Family and Community Support, Provider Support, Fiscal Support, and Systems Support. A webpage dedicated to the three phase SSIP (we’re only in Phase 1) is updated after each meeting.  The last meeting was held on December 8th and the next will be February 23rd by when we hope to have a draft ready for review by the public.   Check out … Continue reading


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    Draft SPP/APR available for review

    December 24, 2014

    This is a link to the final draft of the new combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.  It is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 2, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years and the last two indicators have new numbers.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included in this draft since it is not due until April 1, 2015. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov or call her at 860.496.3073 no later than January … Continue reading


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    Unexpected Lives

    December 15, 2014

    If you haven’t already seen these family stories, you might enjoy them and want to pass the link along. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/12/ireport/unexpected-lives/ You should see large animated black text and then photos and then the stories. If your browser doesn’t play along, just try scrolling down to see all five stories.


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    Infant/Toddler Growth and Development Course

    December 11, 2014

    Gateway Community College is offering an Infant/Toddler course that also fulfills requirements for the Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care issued by Charter Oak State College and the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) Infant/Toddler Endorsement.  Infant Toddler Growth and Devt ECE 141 Spring 2015


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    The OEC Wants Your Input

    November 18, 2014

    The Office of Early Childhood Wants to Hear Your Ideas! This summer, the Office of Early Childhood convened a workgroup to generate recommendations about how to better coordinate Home Visiting Programs in Connecticut. The initial draft of recommendations (required by Public Act 13-178) are ready for your input! The recommendations represent a first step by the Office of Early Childhood towards improving the system of home visiting programs so that it better serves Connecticut families. To view the draft report, go to:  http://www.ct.gov/oec/cwp/view.asp?A=4547&Q=551372 Once you have reviewed the report, we ask that you please provide comments either by: Answering a … Continue reading


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    Division for Early Childhood’s 31st Annual International Conference

    November 18, 2014

    DEC is excited to accept proposal submissions for the Division for Early Childhood’s 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families taking place October 7 – 9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2015. The theme for the 2015 DEC Conference is “The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right” – (MLK, 1964) for Young Children and Families. To learn more about the call for proposals go to www.dec-sped.org/proposals.


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    FY14 Town By Town Referrals and Children Served

    November 17, 2014

    Get the details for each town in Connecticut on: how many babies were born in 2013, how many referrals were made for a Birth to Three evaluation how many children were served by the CT Birth to Three System Check out your own town or the towns you serve by clicking here: Look for trend data by checking earlier fiscal year reports posted under About Birth to Three on the menu to the left , then select Annual Data Reports. For non-PDF versions of this data please contact Eileen.McMurrer@ct.gov.


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    Assistive Techology Guidelines

    November 4, 2014

    The Assistive Technology Guidelines for Part C have been posted


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    Birth to Three Trainings

    November 4, 2014

    We have several trainings coming up on our December Training Calendar: Babies Have Lots To Learn: Focus on Motor Development in the First Year:   Presented by Linda Bamonte PT, DPT (Birth to Three Training Office) and Cindy Jackson, MSPT, C.NDT (Children’s Therapy Services). Focus will be on key points of typical motor development in the first year of life with emphasis on “quality” motor performance. CT. Early Learning & Development Standards:  The CT. Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) were developed through the work of the CT. Early Childhood Education Cabinet and its Learning Standards Workgroup, and included input from the Birth to Three System.  … Continue reading


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    Routines-Based Home Visiting Institute

    November 4, 2014

    Siskin Children’s Institute is taking applications for the Routines-Based Home Visit Training Institute, occurring April 20-24, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This week-long intensive professional-development event will provide participants with hands-on training on home-visiting practices according to the Routines-Based Model.


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    Zero to Three – Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

    November 4, 2014

    Read the latest research-based guidelines for screen use for children under 3 years old from Zero To Three.  


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    SPEECH SOUND DISORDER (SSD)

    October 28, 2014

    Now that the diagnosis of SSD has been utilized for several months and program staff have given feedback there will be a few changes to the process to expedite the child being made eligible and allow the program to ensure an audiological is completed as part of the assessment. Children with a speech sound disorder can now be determined to be eligible for services prior to having an audiological evaluation completed. However, since the audiological assessment is integral to determining appropriate IFSP services, an Interim IFSP must be completed that identifies the needs for an audiological to complete the assessment … Continue reading


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    Have you ever seen this?

    October 28, 2014

    Even if you have – it’s worth looking over again! AGREED UPON MISSION AND KEY PRINCIPLES FOR PROVIDING EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES IN NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS    


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    Leadership in a Diverse Society
 

    October 21, 2014

    Leadership in a Diverse Society with Birth to Three providers. The event will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford. There is no charge; however, registration is required. To register: Web: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LeaderITR Email: itr@hartford.edu Phone: 860.768.5590


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