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    CTAIMH Home Visitor Training -New Haven

    September 24, 2015

    The CT-AIMH is delighted to invite you to this FREE 5-part infant mental health training series offered to Home Visitors working in the New Haven area beginning on Monday, October 5, 2015. Get more information Register Now! These five workshops will increase your knowledge and practice in the area of infant mental health, and will include: how to see families and their young children through an attachment lens, how to understand infants/toddlers and their families and the challenges of unresolved trauma and loss, how to reflect and recognize your own feelings about your work that can impact your relationships with families, … Continue reading


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    Check out the Birth to Three Trainings for 2015- 2016!

    September 15, 2015

    The full-year training brochure can now be found on our website, under Professional Development with details about each of the  trainings and registration links on our calendar.  Some exciting upcoming trainings include: Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Going Deeper into Natural Learning Environment Practices, Using a Culturally Responsive Framework for Working with Young Children and Their Families, Audiological Implications for Birth to Three,  Motor Development in the First Year, and Early Start Denver Model.  Don’t Miss Out – Resigter soon!!


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    NCHAM Webinar on 9/23: Introduction to Audiology and Hearing Loss for Non-Audiologists

    September 11, 2015

    This webinar will describe how the different parts of the ear work, definitions and basic principles regarding hearing loss, and a summary of the most recent reports of congenital and later-onset hearing loss. The types of treatment and intervention for hearing loss will also be included, as well as how audiologists monitor and manage hearing loss and how to work with audiologists. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET.      http://www.infanthearing.org/resources_home/events/intro-for-non-audiologists.html


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    DCF Head Start Partnership meeting Oct. 9th

    September 3, 2015

    The  next DCF-Head Start Partnership statewide quarterly meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM in Memorial Hall on the CCSU campus in New Britain. In addition to our regular teamwork, there will be a presentation on HEAD START, TRAUMA SMART by Avis Smith, ACSW, LSCSW, LCSW, Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  This is a national model of providing therapeutic supports within a Head Start setting:     http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/head-start-trauma-smart           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXzKVpiSzH8  


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    Office of Early Childhood Kicks Off CLICK for Babies Campaign

    August 28, 2015

    The CT. Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is kicking off its participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies Campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The purpose is to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.  The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents.  Some good information for parents related to infant crying can be found at CLICK for Babies .  


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    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness Day – Informational Forum

    August 28, 2015

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is an often overlooked and under-diagnosed condition with serious developmental implications that confers automatic eligibility for IDEA Part C, Connecticut Birth to Three System supports.  Learn more from Dr. Carol Cohen Weitzman, Yale School of Medicine and State ICC member, and colleagues from across the state: Wednesday, Sept. 9  – 9 AM – 12 noon Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room 2E,  Hartford, CT registration begins at 8:30 Space is limited.  Please RSVP to mgiovannucci@abhct.com or dachenbach@abhct.com Co-Sponsored by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The CT Department of Children and Families and Advanced Behavioral … Continue reading


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    New COS Session Added to Module!

    August 25, 2015

    Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module. http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/


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    View Archived Sessions from the National Autism Conference

    August 13, 2015

    Earlier this month the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and PaTTAN sponsored the National Autism Conference.  Many of the sessions were made available at no cost via live webcasting.  Here is a link to see some of the archived sessions from this year and last years conference. View the archived webcasting sessions here.


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    Conference: Building A Great Life!

    August 6, 2015

    Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the 40th anniversary of the IDEA with families, self-advocates and professionals on October 2 and 3, 2015 in Farmington. Go here for more information: http://pathct.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Building-a-Great-Life-Registration-Book-SERC-FINAL-7-14-_Page_1.jpg Register  before Sept. 11th: http://buildingagreatlife.eventbrite.com Hemos incluido información y hoja de inscripción en español


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    Upcoming Natural Learning Environment Training

    August 6, 2015

    This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three System. An overview of Birth to Three best practices will be presented including Natural Learning Environments, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming. Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within that activity, to promote child development and increased participation.  This training is now open for registration on the Birth to Three Calendar.


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    ECTA Center eNotes

    August 4, 2015

    Do you get these Early Childhood TA Center emails each Friday?   The articles are often very interesting and relevant like the new parent portal at Zero to Three or the Spanish language video on Early Hearing Screening.    To sign up email sue.goode@unc.edu  


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    Circle of Security Sensitivity Training

    July 31, 2015

    A three day Circle of Security Sensitivity training will take place in New Britain on October 20 – 22.  This training is appropriate for registered parent educators, psychotherapists, early intervention specialists and other helping professionals.  For more information and registration: Circle of Security


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    OEC Strategic Plan Public Forums

    July 21, 2015

    The OEC will hold public forums across the state to seek input from the public on its strategic plan framework. Over the past decade, many reports have been written by commissions, task forces, policy groups, researchers and state agencies about ways to improve public policy and direct dollars to better support young children and families. These reports incorporated significant public participation and the OEC has chosen to use the wisdom, work and input collected in these reports as a starting point for its strategic plan framework. The OEC has reviewed over fifty of these state and national strategy papers and … Continue reading


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    STEPs Parent Leadership Series

    July 17, 2015

    The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) is conducting a STEPs Parent Leadership series in New Britain this September.  Learn more at  www.cpacinc.org . Register at http://www.cpacinc.org/projects-programs/next-steps/ Please share this opportunity with parents!


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    SPIDER Overview Video!

    July 14, 2015

    Recently about five programs had new people managing their SPIDER data.  We held a webinar and recorded it and NOW for the first time you can watch Sandy Booth walk viewers through all the SPIDER screens!  This is a training that we used to hold in Hartford once a year but now it can be viewed on demand without the long drive.   The link is on the website under For Providers > SPIDER Video Manual or here is the URL  https://www.birth23.org/providers/spider/ The video is just over an hour long but you can watch it in chunks or “scrub”  to the sections … Continue reading


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    2015 CAEYC “Pathways to Quality” Conference

    July 14, 2015

    The Connecticut CAEYC Conference is taking place October 16 & 17, 2015.  The presenter, Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is a best‐selling author, international keynote speaker, ground‐breaking radio host and seasoned team builder. She is a dynamic speaker and will be presenting: Friday – Leading on Purpose: Essential Leadership Competencies from the Inside Out, and on Saturday – Hats Off to You: Everyday Miracle worker in Children’s Lives. Saturday also includes Workshops with well-know leaders addressing a variety of topics related to early childhood development and education.


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    RFP for Presenters for Childhood Conversations Conference

    June 24, 2015

    Childhood Conversation is a statewide conference for parents, community providers, childcare providers and teachers.  The 10th annual conference is scheduled for April 2, 2016 in Windsor.  The RFP for conference presenters is now available on the Childhood Conversations website.  The deadline for submission is September 10th. http://childhoodconversations.com/request-for-presenter-2/


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    Provider Focus Group July 14th

    June 17, 2015

    The CT Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Planning Committee wants Your input on Screening A Focus Group just for Birth to Three System providers is planned for: Tuesday, July 14 9:30 – 11 AM United Way of CT – 1344 Silas Deane Highway, 4th floor, Rocky Hill Continental breakfast provided ECCS is focusing on comprehensive developmental screening in Connecticut. Your perception of current screening practices and their impact on you, childcare providers and families is vital. Please share your experiences and insight. Contact Heather Spada, ECCS Coordinator, at heather.spada@ctunitedway.org or 860-372-4240 to RSVP before July 10. Visit www.eccsct.org for more … Continue reading


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    4 Webinar Series on EI and Social Emotional Development

    June 16, 2015

    This series of four 90 minute webinars on Early Intervention and Social Emotional Development in the Early Years is free and available to all interested programs and providers. https://learn.extension.org/events/2085#.VYA4Emfwuot


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    Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers Toolkit

    June 8, 2015

    The Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for families of toddlers and preschoolers, this website is organized by child age, and offers videos, activities, and print materials to address common parenting challenges, including tantrums and whining.    


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