Birth to Three Blog

    The Trauma of Homelessness: The Impact on Very Young Children & Families

    July 18, 2022

    Free Training Opportunity! The CT Office of Early Childhood, with funding from the Quality Improvement Support project, has partnered with the RESC Alliance to design and deliver a number of technical assistance activities. As part of that project, EdAdvance, one of the six-member agencies of the RESC Alliance will be offering a free training opportunity to  individuals working in the infant-early childhood/family field, who are seeking to broaden their knowledge on the topic of the impact of trauma and homelessness in early childhood. Training Objectives: Understand the Relationship Between Homelessness & Trauma Learn How Homelessness Impacts Attachment Relationships, Early Development … Continue reading


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    NEAT’s 4th Annual AAC Summer Bash

    June 29, 2022

    July 23, 2022, 10am-2pm The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center announces their 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Event will be in person this year at Camp Hemlocks! The event is FREE and open to AAC users, families, and professionals looking to have fun with AAC! The day will include a variety of fun, hands-on, outdoor activities, such as music, nature walks, a sensory bin station, and more. All activities will involve language immersion and opportunities for modeling AAC! Check out this flyer for more information! Registration closes July 15. Register here.


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    2022 Autism Summer Institute

    June 28, 2022

    July 26, 27, and 28, 2022 We are happy to announce that the 2022 Yale Autism Summer Institute, presented by Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) and Yale’s Autism Center of Excellence, will be a live, hybrid event.  As always, the Autism Summer Institute is free of charge and open to all researchers, clinicians, trainees, service providers and families.  Taking place in person at the Cohen Auditorium in the Yale Child Study Center and via Zoom, the symposium will focus on stakeholder perspectives, current research, and clinical practices.   Topics and presentation schedule: Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 10:00 … Continue reading


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    NEAT’s 4th Annual Summer AAC Bash

    June 14, 2022

    Mark your calendars for this FREE event! New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Summer Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Bash! This year the event will be in-person at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron on Saturday, July 23rd. It is FREE and open to any AAC users, families and professionals looking to have fun with AAC. For more information, check out this flyer.


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    Briefing Paper: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Early Intervention (Part C)

    June 13, 2022

    This Briefing Paper explores the policies and practices of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) that state early intervention (Part C) programs may consider implementing to meet the social-emotional and mental health needs of infants and toddlers in the context of relationships with their parents and other caregivers. The briefing paper is available to read online and download in PDF. It was developed in collaboration with several national partner organizations, including Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center; Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (AAIMH); Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD); The IDEA Infant & … Continue reading


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    Internet Discounts

    June 13, 2022

    Internet Discounts Under the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), eligible families enrolled in the program can receive a discount of up to $30 a month on any internet service plan a participating provider offers. Households on Tribal Lands are eligible for a discount of up to $75 a month. Visit GetInternet.gov for more details on how to sign up for ACP and find participating internet providers in your area.  


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    Infant Mental Health Resource

    June 8, 2022

    Please see the email below from HRSA. For help when it’s needed, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) TTY Users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746. Good morning, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) officially launched the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022 and we are asking for your help to promote the service widely to families and communities with whom you work and others who may find it helpful. Available 24/7, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides free, confidential support, resources, and referrals from professional … Continue reading


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    Part C Data Manager Position

    May 20, 2022

    The OEC has a job opening for the Part C Data Manager position, those interested in applying, please see the job spec below: Job Opening: Birth to Three Data Analyst – Department of Administrative Services (jobapscloud.com)


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    Part C Application Submitted to OSEP!

    May 12, 2022

    Connecticut’s FFY22 Part C Application has been submitted to OSEP. See the link below to view the completed application. Annual State Application Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021. CFDA No. 84.181A. ED FORM No. 1 B20—26P (birth23.org)


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    EIS Over Three Coffee Hours

    May 12, 2022

    On Wednesday May 18th and Friday, May 20th Birth to Three and 619 Part B will hold joint “coffee hours” to provide guidance and support about the implementation of the new legislation for Early Intervention Over 3 which took effect on July 1st, 2021.  Nicole Cossette, Birth to 3,  Andrea Brinnel, PreK Special Ed and Ada Kovaci-Kume, Data Manager  will be available to review the legislation and provide technical assistance. Use the following links to access either of the sessions.  Wednesday, May 18th from 10:00 to 11:00 Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or … Continue reading


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    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    May 11, 2022

    For some great resources and information please visit the CT Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) newsletter at https://conta.cc/3KOhSZg.


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    Colors of Autism: Raising Awareness at the Capital

    April 27, 2022

    Friday April 29, 2022 10am-3pm Informational Flyer


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    The June 2nd Joint Convening Part B and Part C: Making Connections Through Puppetry is open for registration! Now through May 4th (after registering, complete the survey to order your own personalized puppet)

    April 22, 2022

    Register here! https://serc.info/puppetry Want more information on the event? Event Flyer is here! Want more information on the research? Research Article here!


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    Save June 2nd for the 2nd Annual Joint Convening of Part B and Part C for “Making Connections Through Puppetry”

    April 14, 2022

    Please consider early intervention staff joining us for this two hour professional development introductory workshop on puppets and how they can support all children, especially children with neurodevelopmental differences. The very specific principles of puppetry to support children will be demonstrated (these can be utilized with materials found in a family’s home).  Registration forms to come soon! Registration will be open through May 4th. Save the Date! June 2 2022 Making Connections Through Puppetry How_Puppets_Can_Be_Used_In_Autism_Therapeutics


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    10 Seats Left for CT-AIMH Training

    March 16, 2022

      2022 CT-AIMH 8-Topic IMH Virtual Training Series     *Starts March 29th* The training will seek to integrate information about the relationship between infant/toddlers and their caregivers in a practical way. Register:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6d4nveeab&oeidk=a07ej2j8rvd184ab32b If you haven’t gone it is highly recommended!!! The training provided to DCF/EHS/HS/HV staff and community partners by the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) will seek to integrate information about the relationships between infant/toddlers and their caregivers in a practical way. Working towards deeper integration between DCF, EHS/HS, HV and their community partners. The goal will be to understand more about parents and their young … Continue reading


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    Draft Part C Application

    March 2, 2022

    Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M in funding to support the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C). Here is a link to the draft FFY22 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Comments should be sent to the attention of Nicole Cossette, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard Suite #205, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; by Fax 860-622-2789 or by … Continue reading


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    Parent’s Space Support Group for Families Enrolled in Birth to Three

    February 10, 2022

    Parent’s Space Support Group CPAC is offering Parent’s Place Support group! Dedicated to all our parents out there. Our goal is for us to engage, inspire and support one another and to celebrate our kid’s successes, milestones, and the little things they do that other might take for granted. We created this judgement free space so that we can speak freely, feel valued, and respected! Please join us and meet other parents who “get it.” For additional questions, please contact Adriana Fontaine at afontaine@cpacinc.org When: every week on Thursdays at 4- 5 PM Register here!    


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    FFY20 SPP/APR and SSIP Are Available Online!

    January 31, 2022

    Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The final report is available here: https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.


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    FFY20/SFY21 APR and SSIP Draft Available

    January 3, 2022

    Every year the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood submits a report to the US Department of Education about how we are doing on compliance and results for Part C of the IDEA.  The draft report is available here https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/gensup/apr/.  If you have any suggestions or questions just email Nicole.Cossette@ct.gov before 1/29/22. 


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    Sparkler Overview for Birth to Three Providers

    December 22, 2021

    Sparkler’s mobile app helps families know how their children are developing through observations of age-based play activities and through the leading child development screen, the Ages and Stages Questionnaires ® (ASQ® ). The Sparkler team, including representatives from Sparkler and 211 Child Development, will be offering an overview of the app to Birth to Three providers in early 2022. The training will discuss how to support families that do no qualify for early intervention and how Sparkler can be used. There are 4 options being offered for this training: January 19th 9-10am January 26th 2-3pm January 28th 9-10am February 4th 2-3pm … Continue reading


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