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    Dive In Zero to Three Annual Conference – October 2-4, 2019; Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    September 19, 2019

    The early childhood field is a vast and ever-expanding sea of possibilities. Savvy professionals are always exploring new depths in search of innovative solutions that will enable them do their best work. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2019 features an extensive array of research-informed and competency-based sessions designed to help you navigate the changing tides, and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. DIVE IN and let ZERO TO THREE currents guide you to hidden treasures! Primary Venue The Diplomat 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 The Diplomat Since 1920, this charming coastal area has been a favorite of travelers seeking a quieter … Continue reading

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    Workshop: Anti-Racism October 12 @ 4:00pm-8:00pm

    September 13, 2019

    Free Anti-Racism Workshop Training designed for community members and EVERYONE whose work impacts the lives of Hartford residents. Light dinner and childcare provided. Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street; Hartford, CT RSVP

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    Coaching During Service Coordination: What does It Look Like?

    September 13, 2019

    The National Service Coordination CoP through DEC is putting on a webinar on October 30, 2019 from 2 – 3 PM Eastern Time addressing use of coaching during service coordination activities.  Register here.    

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    Service Coordination – Navigating Difficult Situations

    September 4, 2019

    Weathering the Storm – How Service Coordinators Manage Difficult Situations: This article from Virginia’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog highlights the difficult work of service coordinators as conflict managers and provides some helpful tips for navigating these situations. There are a number of thought-provoking comments at the end of the article as well.

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    25th Anniversary (FY18) Data Report is Available Online!

    August 28, 2019

    In the past we called these “Baby Books” and for many years they were professionally designed and printed.  Then when funding was tight we cut back and produced simple PDFs online in house. Since we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a state system on October 1st, 2018, the OEC wanted to support designing and printing this special report. All the reports can be found here and FY18 is at the top. FY19 will be posted more quickly as we go back to reporting this in a way that costs less including linking to and other public and open … Continue reading

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    Conference: When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders @ Clarion Hotel; Portland, ME – 10/21/19 – 10/24/19

    August 27, 2019

    When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding Dates & Location: Special Weekday Conference Monday – Thursday OCTOBER 21-24, 2019 PORTLAND, ME Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street   Presented by: Dr. Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Lindsay Beckerman, MOT, OTR/L, & Kelly Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP   Registration Information: Early Bird (on or before 8/15/19): $739.00/person Standard (on or after 8/16/2019): $789.00/person Group Discounts at any time (only 1 applies) 3rd person’s registration = 25% off; 4th person’s registration = 50% off; 5th person’s registration = FREE We’ve booked a block of rooms … Continue reading

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    2019 Infant Toddler Institute @ EdAdvance; Litchfield, CT

    August 14, 2019

    2019 Infant Toddler Institute For Infant/Toddler Teachers, Early Care Providers, Home Visitors, B-3 Early Interventionists, Program Supervisors & Administrators DATE & TIME: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: EdAdvance 355 Goshen Road, Litchfield, CT 06759 FEE: $90 (includes breakfast & lunch) REGISTER: KEYNOTE: The Power of You: Bringing Your Best Self to Your Work with Infants, Toddlers & Their Families! Dr. Rebecca Parilla, Ph.D., IECMH-E® National Clinical Officer, Child First MORNING SESSION: Tools and Strategies to Promote Regulation in Self and Others -and- Overview of CT Association for Infant Mental Health, Endorsement & Reflective Supervision/Consultation Heidi … Continue reading

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    NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition

    July 25, 2019

    The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online.  To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link:

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    Home Visitor Online Learning Modules

    July 16, 2019

    The Office of Early Childhood has overseen production of high-quality, engaging online modules for home visitors.  Modules include: Talking With Families About Safe Sleep, Family Play and Child Development, Infant Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Healthy Families.  Modules are in English and Spanish and are accessed here.  The link will also be added to our website.

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    IDEA Determinations

    June 19, 2019

    Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 13th year in a row Connecticut received a determination of “meets requirements”.  That is the highest level determination. This is important because it is one indicator of the health of the system.  The change in how programs are paid was very disruptive for everyone and yet we continue to meet IDEA requirements. The only way we could do this is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition … Continue reading

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    WEBINAR: Coaching in Early Childhood Sept. 25, 2019

    June 17, 2019

    Sponsored by Brookes Publishing   This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a variety of backgrounds. Join us to learn: The rationale for using a coaching interaction style with parents, teachers, and other care … Continue reading

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    BESB announces trainings for Fall 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Below are links for DORS-BESB Fall In-Services 2019  Wed 9/25/19 – Paraprofessional Day – (Paraprofessionals may only register for Day 1)  space is limited Thurs 9/26/19 – Professional Day – (Families, Education Teams, Administration may register for Day 1 or Day 2) space is limited   School Age In-Services: Monday 9/23/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Braille: Tuesday 10/1/19 – Paraprofessionals: Wednesday 10/2/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Large Print: 

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    Prenatal Exposure to Substances

    June 4, 2019

    In partnership with ITCA, ECTA has posted a new webpage on Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families: This page includes Federal laws, research, and resources on policy/guidance and state examples. This page will also provide a link to the updated webpage Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA and Resources:

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    WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

    May 9, 2019

    About This Webinar: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar addresses common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes. They will also discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet and provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders.   Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & … Continue reading

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    Coaching Video

    April 17, 2019

        Foundations of Coaching in Early Childhood: Partnering with Parents and Professionals is a video training resource for early childhood coaches, based on the 5 key characteristics of coaching as outlined by Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden. It was developed in partnership with CT. Birth to Three and includes video of the coaching being used during a Birth to Three home visit, in a home child care, and center based child care. Watch the full video (run time 21:07) or watch the individual chapters focusing on the 5 characteristics of coaching.

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    WEBINAR: ACEs Part I – An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress

    April 1, 2019

    ACEs Part I: An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress Presented by Laura Krug and Sarah MacLaughlin, ZERO TO THREE Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT Register Today!  Please join ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps staff members, Laura Krug, Director of Training & Technical Assistance and Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer & Training Specialist, for the first session of a 2-part series introducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress. This webinar will present findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and implications for the long-term health of those who experience childhood adversity. The presenters will also discuss the 10 types … Continue reading

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    Birth to Three SLP training a success!

    March 30, 2019

    Kudos to 30 speech language pathologists from Birth to Three who attended a training on Augmentative and Alternative Communication on  Saturday at New England Assistive Technology!   The training was sponsored by the Birth to Three system and a wealth of knowledge, ideas and support was shared!

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    CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference: The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience

    March 28, 2019

    Click the following link for more details: CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference: The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience

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    WEBINAR: Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team April 9, 2019

    March 14, 2019

    The Service Coordination Community of Practice (SC CoP) was created to recognize the value of service coordinators and give these important early intervention team members a professional home. The SC CoP offers service coordinators the opportunities to network with others across the nation, share SC-related resources and tips, and learn about topics relevant to providing high quality service coordination. Meetings & Events Upcoming Events Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Register to join the conversation here:  Join this first SC … Continue reading

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    WEBINAR: Helping Families Meet Resource Needs and Achieve Self-Sufficiency April 2, 2019

    March 14, 2019

    Join the webinar here: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” (translation from Chinese philosopher Lao Tze). Early Interventionists and other home visitors who work with families with young children often support families with resource needs. We produce lists of resources or information, make referrals for families, and even bring resources or materials to the family. We are trying to help, but these practices do not necessarily assist the family with build the capacity to meet their ongoing resource needs or future … Continue reading

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