Birth to Three Blog

    Eligibility Rates by Program by Month

    September 26, 2014

    A program recently asked us to update the FY12 eligibility rate report on the data verification page here at Birth23.org. Here is the link to the new report which breaks it down even further by month. You can always find it by clicking on How Are We Doing? on the left of the Home tab and selecting Data Verification. If your data seems well above or below the average (+/- 12%) you might want to look into why.


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    Procedures FAQs and Updates

    September 17, 2014

    From time to time we get questions about the procedures and policies we all use. As needed, we will provide a link here in the blog to Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents. In some cases these FAQs will include information that should be reflected in the procedure but we don’t want to change the procedures too often. So we all stay on the same page without getting too confused, when we do change a procedure we will post that notice here. If you print out the procedures, it will be important to make sure that the one you have printed … Continue reading


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    A Relevant and Free Webinar Oct. 28th from 4-5 p.m.

    September 17, 2014

    This webinar is provided by the AUCD’s Early Intervention/ Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group Health Literacy Principles and Adult Education Strategies to Engage Families in Early Intervention Services Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET Click here to register: https://www.aucd.org/template/event.cfm?event_id=7628 Webinar Outcomes: At the end of the presentation, participants will: • Identify evidence-based approaches to enhance family engagement in early intervention services. • Identify and apply health literacy principles and adult education strategies to facilitate provider-caregiver interaction. • Use effective communication strategies to enhance coaching. Webinar Description: Service provision in early intervention requires effective communication between … Continue reading


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    Give Yourself 15 Minutes

    September 8, 2014

    This video is worth every one! Rosemary Taylor-Stein, of the HOPE Infant Family Support Program, San Diego County Office of Education, and Karis and Mike Johnson tell about Harper Hope and the role of early intervention. Family members and practitioners alike will enjoy and benefit from this story so please share this. Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (runtime 15:03) This is an important video for families who are, or will be, receiving early intervention services as well as for current and future early intervention practitioners. In Part 1, Karis and Mike share intimate reflections … Continue reading


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    Transition Conferences – whose job is it anyway?

    August 29, 2014

    Years ago we learned that Part C of the IDEA requires that the service coordinator convenes a transition conference between 9 months and 90 days before the child’s 3rd birthday. Part B of the IDEA requires that the LEA participate in that meeting. Since our compliance is measured by whether or not the conference was held on time (and not whether the LEA participated), we are the ones who must schedule and hold the conference on time. Please be sure to invite the LEA to the conference with enough notice so they can make it. You also want to allow … Continue reading


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    Autism Presentation and Discussion

    August 26, 2014

      The CT Birth to Three System will be sponsoring a gathering open to all providers who support families and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please consider joining us for a topical presentation and open discussion on September 23, 2014 from 1-3:30 at Neat 33 Coventry St, Hartford, CT 06112. Registration is limited.  Register Online Here About the Presenter: Jennifer Bogin, M.S.ed, BCBA is the Director of the Division of Autism Spectrum Services at the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.  In her role she oversees the implementation of two statewide Medicaid waiver programs that provide a variety of services to … Continue reading


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    Updated Assistive Technoloy Guidelines

    August 26, 2014

    The update AT Guidelines for Part C have been posted under Service Guidelines. A link to the complete AT Guideline with Part B and Part C, as well as the Executive Summary are also available on the Service Guideline page.


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    Childcare Funds available for Children in Shelters

    August 21, 2014

    The Children in Shelters Childcare Assistance Fund supports homeless families with childcare costs. Thanks to the CT Coalition to End Homelessness and generous support from the U.S. Department of Housing, this fund is continuing to accept new applications. Children in Shelters is open to families living in emergency shelters (including domestic violence shelters) or enrolled in the CT Rapid Rehousing Program.  It may pay for childcare fees at a licensed facility or licensed individual provider for a child under the age of 6 and their eligible siblings, as well as transportation needs, such as bus passes or gas cards. Children in Shelter provides up … Continue reading


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    Great webinar on “Early Motor Delays” from AAP

    August 15, 2014

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is hosting a Webinar series, “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation – Do you know what to look for?” the next session of which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at 3pm Eastern Time. A description of the Webinar and link to the registration page are below. Registration is open and space is limited, so sign up today!   Patient Care if Motor Delay is Identified – Do You Know the “Red Flags” to Look For? Faculty: Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS … Continue reading


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    Be On the Lookout for Trainings!

    August 5, 2014

    The year-at-a glance training calendar for the Birth to Three System will be out very soon but in the meantime, the first several conferences include:  Working With Families in Challenging Situations, Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders – Implications for Birth to Three, Evidence Based Practices in Early Intervention with Dathan Rush & M’Lisa Sheldon, and the Early Start Denver Model.  Please refer to the Birth to Three Calendar


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    National Child Outcomes Data 2012-2013

    August 1, 2014

    The ECTA Center staff will present the recently analyzed national child outcomes data for 2012-2013 including completeness of the data and some pattern checking to explore what is behind the national numbers. In addition, states will learn about updated resources including the 2012-2013 national graphing template, 2012-2013 eligibility category comparison template and more. Session Overview Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:00 pm EDT Register by Monday, August 25, 2014 Call-in and screen share information will be e-mailed to registered participants the day of the webinar. Registrations for this webinar are being taken at: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etUfgTBCDPz7SsZ


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    Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates

    July 29, 2014

    An updated table of Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates for FY14 (7/1/13 – 6/30/14) has been posted on the Data Verification Tables page (Under How are we doing on the Home page Left menu).  Programs are encouraged to look at their data and update SPIDER.  If there are other reasons for being below 85%, please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.


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    Global Reporting and Child Outcomes Data

    July 18, 2014

    There is a new video  on the website that walks you through how to download and manipulate the raw child outcome data that is in SPIDER.   The link is listed on the SPIDER Video Manual page under the For Providers menu to the left.


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    New Evaluation and Assessment Pathways Exam!

    July 15, 2014

    The exam meets the requirement for a three credit course for the Early Intervention Specialist (EIS).Birth to Three worked with Charter Oak State College to produce an Evaluation and Assessment Pathways Examination.  This test was developed to enable students to earn college credit for demonstrating mastery of content knowledge equivalent to that which is learned in a full semester lower-level college course in Infant-Toddler Evaluation & Assessment.    For more information: http://www.charteroak.edu/exams/cosc.cfm


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    Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention

    July 15, 2014

    We are pleased to be supporting an initiative with nationally recognized presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Sheldon: “Evidence-Based Practices in Early Intervention: Use of Natural Learning Environments, Coaching, and Primary Provider Approach to Teaming”. This is a wonderful opportunity for in-depth training and collaboration with these leaders in the field including 2 webinars, a 2 day Institute, and 6 months of follow-up TA support.  Applications have been emailed to all program directors and are due by August 7, 2014.


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    New Files and Temporary Ones

    July 11, 2014

    If you are looking for a new version of a procedure or form or file and the old version opens instead of the new, please be sure that you have deleted your temporary internet files and then try again.  If after that you still see the old file, do let us know.


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    Email Sign up Widget Added to Blog Screen

    July 8, 2014

    If you are reading this in an email from the Connecticut Birth to Three System, you can stop here – your email address has already been added to the automated process for sending out blog post summaries once a week. If you are reading this from Feedburner or another reader app or directly on the Birth23.org website and have not been receiving blog post summaries via email (usually around noon on Tuesday), you can now sign up right on Birth23.org. Go to the Blog tab, scroll down and look for the last widget on the left. It looks like this:


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    OSEP Determinations

    July 1, 2014

    Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 7th year in a row… “The Department has determined that Connecticut meets the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.”   That may not sound like a lot but it means a great deal. The only way we could continue to meet all of the requirements of Part C of IDEA year after year is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition to all the … Continue reading


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    Are you interested in starting a Local Interagency Coordinating Council in your community?

    June 26, 2014

    The Birth to Three System is interested in funding new community Local Interagency Coordinating Councils (LICC). Currently LICC’s exist in Danbury, Torrington and Lower Fairfield area. Connecticut’s LICCs are independent advisory bodies; therefore their internal structure is as individualized as the LICC itself. LICCs are required by statute to meet at least four times per year.  Most LICCs meet more often or hold additional events on interesting topics each year.  Most LICCs, however, have one, two, or three identified chairs or officers to enhance group direction, facilitate the LICC planning and implementation of activities, and ensure completion  of the necessary … Continue reading


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    Act Early Webinar

    June 13, 2014

    Learn the Signs. Act Early. Improving Early Identification for Children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities Friday, June 27 1 EDT,  12 CDT,  11 MDT,  10 PDT  You are invited to participate in this ECTA Center webinar which will feature the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign.  You will learn about the program components, tools, and resources. And you will learn how these tools and resources have been used in coordinated, cross sector developmental monitoring, screening and Child Find to improve early identification for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  LTSAE Factsheet Presenters: Camille Smith, CDC  – “Learn the … Continue reading


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