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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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    Parent Training Opportunity – Understanding Data

    June 3, 2015

    Family Leaders Institute by DaSy* – What’s in a number? Do you know a parent leader who is seeking training in understanding children’s educational data? One parent can be sponsored to go to Atlanta, Georgia this October 6 and 7 and learn how to meaningfully engage as a stakeholder in conversations about data. This institute is intended to help the parent advocate for improvements in Part C and preschool special education. Go to http://dasycenter.sri.com/downloads/FLI_flyer.pdf for more information.   *DaSy is the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems


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    Share the Eligibility Result with PHCP

    May 21, 2015

    PHCPs Need To Know the Eligibility Result for Their Patients “Our son”….“My patient”….“A child on my roster” When a child is evaluated by Birth to Three, there are at least three adults that think of that child as “mine”: the parent, the child’s primary health care provider (PHCP), and You – if you are on his Birth to Three team.  All help support the little one’s health and development.  All need to communicate – with parent consent – about what is happening with the little guy. It starts at your first visit: Ask the parent for permission to release the Eligibility result … Continue reading


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    Last minute news

    May 21, 2015

    If you are reading this in the weekly blog summary email, you’re too late.

    You can however read this to see how to set your devices so you don’t miss time sensitive blog posts.


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    Check Out This NEW COS Online Module!

    May 15, 2015

    Source: Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems – May 15, 2015 This new free online module draws from the work of the Early Childhood Outcomes Center and is designed to help early intervention and preschool special education staff understand the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. It provides key information on the process and practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. The first three sessions are available for use now and are meant to provide a basic understanding of the COS process. They include: Session 1: So What’s This All About? … Continue reading


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    Go Baby Go!

    May 12, 2015

    Two great opportunities coming up to support early mobility and exploration through the Go Baby Go Program founded by the University of Delaware! Central Connecticut State University and Plainville High School will team up to build 6-8 modified toy cars for kids who need them @ Plainville High School. No cost to family, just need to register, contact  Contact: Rose Flammang PT, DPT rflammang@connecticutchildrens.org  or Michele Dischino CCSU Associate Professor dischinomic@ccsu.edu Initial modifications will occur May 26th. Kids and their families will join on May 27th 8am-11am to be fitted and final modifications made.  Families will get to take home … Continue reading


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    Are You Getting Weekly Birth to Three BLOG Posts? Are Your Colleagues?

    May 1, 2015

    If you have not signed up for weekly emails that alert you to recent BLOG posts, you may be missing key information. We post important Birth to Three updates, trainings,  information and tools that support you in providing quality services in Early Intervention.  You can sign up for weekly alerts right on the BLOG by scrolling down  until you see the sign-up on the left sidebar.  Don’t miss out on information you need.  Sign-up today! Of course, if you are reading this in an email, you are all set but will you please check with your colleagues to see if they got … Continue reading


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    Birth to Three Feeding Training in June

    May 1, 2015

    Our upcoming training, The Whole Pie Framework for Pediatric Feeding, will be held June 1 & 2 with national presenter, Becky Miksic, OTR/L, T-NLP, T-TET.  The training focuses on infants and toddlers with special needs who have sensory and behavioral difficulties that interfere with their nutrition and feeding. In this interactive course, participants will learn how to identify feeding issues and support families.  This presenter comes highly recommended.  The training is filling quickly so don’t wait and get closed out!


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    Periodic Reviews of the IFSP

    April 27, 2015

    This is an important summary of the IDEA regulations regarding IFSP review deadlines.


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    Take Time, Talk

    April 15, 2015

    Studies show that by the time children reach a mere three years old, a 30-million word gap exists between children of the lowest and highest income families. This refers to the number of words children are exposed to—well before they reach kindergarten. The “Take Time. Talk!” tool offers demonstrations on how adults can talk more in-depth with their infants, toddlers and preschool-age children, whether at the grocery store, enjoying a meal, bath time and more.  There are simple handouts available in English and Spanish.


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    April 16th – Act Early Forum Webinar: Text4Baby Mobile Information Service and Act Early Collaboration Opportunities

    April 14, 2015

    AUCD Act Early is sponsoring a Webinar for learning more about a novel communication tool, Text4baby, which offers information and resources during pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life. Learn about the Text4baby service and how the program provides information on important developmental milestones for babies and the importance of screenings.  More information and registration.


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    Program Director Job Opening

    April 8, 2015

    Wheeler clinic has a Birth to Three Program Director position open. For more information click here.  


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    What Birth to Three Looks Like! Now available on website.

    April 6, 2015

    You will see several new pages on the Birth to Three website: What Birth to Three Look Like: Natural Learning Environment Practices, Coaching as a style of interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming.  These pages explain our research supported practices, contain references for more information, and links for useful tools for families and providers.  The pages can be accessed in two different ways: under About Birth to Three from the menu on the left side of the home page, and under the Resources tab at the top of the website. We hope this will put important information about Birth to Three services … Continue reading


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    B23 Banner at the Capitol This Week

    March 30, 2015

    B23 Banner posted across from the Capitol this week! Planning to visit Hartford this week? Be sure to pass by the Capitol building and look at 165 Capitol Avenue across the street. When Governor Malloy looks out his office window this week, he will see a 3 foot tall Birth to Three logo and our intake phone number next to the message, “Life is full of Surprises.  Call Birth to Three if your baby isn’t developing as expected.”  Hundreds of passersby have seen  our public awareness banner every year since 2006.  This week, you can too!  


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