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    Webinar: Connecting Literacy and Social Emotional Development

    November 1, 2021

    On November 17, 2021 from 11:00 – 12:30 PM, the Military Families Learning Network hosts “Using Children’s Books and Storytelling to Connect Literacy and Social Emotional Development. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Tweety Yates. Did you know that literacy and social emotional development occur on a parallel path? Well, it’s true! Early childhood professionals can connect literacy and social emotional development activities across their daily schedules and routines. This provides children with many opportunities to practice these developing skills. Children’s books and storytelling can be fantastic catalysts to do this. This webinar will provide fun ideas and activities … Continue reading


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    National Service Coordination Resources: What’s new and where are we going?

    October 27, 2021

    Curious to learn about resources, tools and activities to support states and programs using the DEC/ITCA Joint Position Statement on Service Coordination in Early Intervention and the Knowledge and Skills for Service Coordinators (KSSC)?  Register today for the next DEC SC CoP web conversation happening on December 9, 2021 from 10:30-11:30am ET. It will be recorded and available on the DEC SC CoP website if you are unable to join live.


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    Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B) 2021-2022 Updates

    October 22, 2021

    Join Nicole Cossette, Adrianna Fontaine, and Andrea Brinnel as they have a conversation regarding Transition from Birth to Three to Public School (IDEA Part C to IDEA Part B). There will be four sessions, two on Friday, December 10th, and two on Wednesday, December 15th. See the attached flyer below for more information.   Transition from Birth to Three to Public School Flyer


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    First STEPs Training for Families

    October 19, 2021

    CPAC’s Family Connections Program presents First STEPs Training Series! This four-session virtual series is designed to help parents understand the Birth to Three System, evaluation process, transition from Birth to Three into Preschool Special Education, and advocacy skills. This training series will prepare families to navigate their role in Birth to Three, understand data from evaluations, and learn how to prepare for when Birth to Three services end. First session will begin on Tuesday November 9th at 1 pm. For additional questions, please email Adriana Fontaine at afontaine@cpacinc.org Families interested in participating can register here!


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    Register now for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

    October 18, 2021

    AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help set … Continue reading


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    New Job Posting!

    October 18, 2021

    We are hiring for the Part C Data Manager!  See the job posting below:   https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=211014&R2=6856AR&R3=001


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    NEW Pyramid Model Backpack Training Webinar Series for Families

    October 4, 2021

    CPAC and Uconn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities proudly presents a training webinar series for Families enrolled in Birth to Three. These series will focus on helping families setting routines and schedules, handling difficult transitions, helping their child to manage time and to create activities that reduce challenging behavior. Presented by Bethanne Vergean, Research Assistant and Connecticut’s Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Trainings will take place the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. First training will cover strategies to help young children transition from one activity to another. … Continue reading


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    Automatic Eligibility Updates effective October 1, 2021

    October 1, 2021

    The CT Birth to Three System has updated the diagnosed conditions list for automatic eligibility in an effort to better align with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Position Statement on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity and Early Intervention for best practice. Effective October 1, 2021, children born under 32 weeks gestation and/or weighing less than 1500 grams are automatically eligible for early intervention supports in CT. Here is the link for the full list of diagnosed conditions and ICD 10 codes for automatic eligibility in CT. Refer to the Evaluation and Assessment Procedure and Guidance document for more information.


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    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exploration

    September 29, 2021

    AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success TWO part remote training will be presented by Elena Fader, MA, CCC/SLP, AAC Specialist with New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). Training will be held on November 4th and 9th from 1:30-3:30. Participants must attend both days of training. The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help … Continue reading


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    CPAC Presents: Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals ABA Foundations

    September 22, 2021

    Do you have questions about Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and whether is right for your child? In this workshop we will explore what ABA means, how to know if ABA is right for your child, when to seek help and how does ABA improve communication and language skills in young children with Autism. Workshop presented by Rachel Scott-Rosenbluth, MS, BCBA, LBA Applied Behavioral Interventions’ Clinical Director at Autism Care Partners. When: Wednesday October 6th 6-7 PM Register in advance: https://bit.ly/3nMXVKo For more information, contact CPAC at (860) 739-3089 or email Adriana Fontaine at: afontaine@cpacinc.org  


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    Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers

    September 7, 2021

    Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Head Start Association to create this online resource to provide families and caregivers with the information, suggested actions, and assistance they need to be empowered partners in their children’s vision and eye health, and to care for their own vision and eye health. Resources available in English and Spanish. Learn more here.


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    EI Staff – Alternate Route to Certification!

    September 7, 2021

    Charter Oak is holding an open house October 27th at 6 PM for the Alternate Route to Certification for Early Intervention staff desiring #112 certification through the CT. State Department of Education.  It is a year long program.  For more information: https://acorn.charteroak.edu/ICS/ARC/


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    Deaf or Hard of Hearing Playgroup Opportunity with CTFSN

    August 17, 2021

    The CT Family Support Network is excited to launch a new playgroup for our statewide families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children and siblings! This playgroup will be at Sears Park in East Hampton at the sheltered picnic tables on Lake Pocotopaug every other Wednesday from 10-12pm, beginning August 18, 2021. Check out this flyer for more information and how to register!


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    Early Childhood & Family Homelessness Monthly, Virtual Drop-in-ZOOM sessions

    August 9, 2021

    An estimated 1.2 million children under the age of six experience homelessness each year in the United States; and young children ages birth to six are more likely to experience homelessness than any other age group. (HHS, 2016). The condition of homelessness exposes young children to extreme levels of stress and trauma, which can negatively impact their overall health and development well into the future. Providers with knowledge and a deepened understanding of the significant impact of homelessness in the lives of very young children and their families can play a critical role in mitigating these devastating, lasting effects. Join … Continue reading


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    Automatic Eligibility Update Regarding Lead Exposure

    August 6, 2021

    In consultation with and recommendation from our Birth to Three medical advisor, Dr. Ann Milanese, the level of lead exposure for automatic eligibility has been LOWERED from 25ug/dL to 10ug/dL to better align with new guidance from the CDC in supporting children and families impacted by this toxicity. Children referred with levels of lead more than 10ug/dL within six months of a blood draw are automatically eligible for early intervention supports in CT. This update is effective immediately. The Lead Agency is also sharing this update with our partners at CT Department of Public Health (DPH), our other referral sources, … Continue reading


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    Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children: Ideas, Strategies, and Resources

    August 5, 2021

    Webinar opportunity on supporting social-emotional development and partnering with families as they support their children’s development sponsored by the Military Families Learning Network! This webinar is scheduled for September 23, 2021 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM. For more information, check out this event flyer.


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    From Feelings to Friendships: Nurturing Healthy Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years

    August 5, 2021

    A resource from Zero to Three! Through supportive relationships, young children can explore the world, develop empathy, and understand the difference between right and wrong. This video provides strategies for developing a strong bond and nurturing relationship with your child. View the video in English or Spanish at here.


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    Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) 2021 Autism Summer Institute July 13th, 14th, and 16th

    July 12, 2021

    2021 ACE Autism Summer Institute Agenda Registration link For the first time, the NIH-funded Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and the Autism Program at the Child Study Center will present their annual Autism Summer Institute in a fully virtual format.  Presentations will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13 and 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and on Friday, July 16 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Highlighting our NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) research program Understanding Neurodevelopment in Autism, presentations will include updates on their studies of prenatal and neonatal brain development, cellular mechanisms underlying the development of … Continue reading


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    Equity in Early Intervention

    July 6, 2021

    In Pursuit of Equity in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Registration is open for the fourth and fifth sessions in this five-part series featuring equity experts in early childhood special education and early intervention. Hosted by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA), the series explores strategies to disrupt the pervasive inequities of our systems. Session 4: The ABCs of Anti-Racist Early Intervention, presented by Jen Newton, PhD and Mira Williams, PhD, is Friday, July 23, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Session 5: Uncovering and Resisting Racism and Ableism in Early Childhood will … Continue reading


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    Exciting updates for Birth to Three and CT families!

    July 6, 2021

    Did you hear? Birth to Three has TWO new updates to share! Birth to Three has no out-of-pocket costs for all families! For the first time since 2004, there are no family cost participation fees. Here is a flyer with the GREAT news. AND Birth to Three supports are expanding beyond age 3 over the summer months for families with children who meet qualifications. To learn more, here is a flyer about this Extension of Part C beyond age 3. Help us spread the news!    


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