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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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    CT Leadership Academy

    December 1, 2021

    CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


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    Shared Reading Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Families

    November 24, 2021

    Join Yale for a shared reading event on Saturday, 12/4/21, from 10:30am-1:30pm. Registration is FREE but required. Click here for more information on the event and for the registration link.


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    CT Leadership Academy

    November 17, 2021

    CT Leadership Academy Application We are excited to announce the application of the CT Leadership Academy is now available. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. There will be a stipend awarded to those who participate throughout the full year. Please email your application to Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D., at bruder@uchc.edu and Nicole Cossette at nicole.cossette@ct.gov.


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

    November 9, 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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    Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals: Transitioning Your Child with Hearing Loss to Preschool

    November 5, 2021

    This presentation is designed for parents/caregivers with children in Birth to Three who need to expand their knowledge about hearing loss, the evaluations needed for transition into preschool, differences in services from Birth to Three versus programs in public schools, and preschool options for young children with hearing impairments. Date: November 10th 6-7 PM. For more information, email Adriana Fontaine at: afontaine@cpacinc.org Register here!


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    Do you know an educator, parent, school or community leader, or family child care provider in New Haven?

    November 2, 2021

    Do you want new knowledge, skills and insight to give children ideal learning opportunities? You’re invited to join NH ChILD’s Professional Learning Community MONTHLY VIRTUAL MEETINGS 5:30 – 7:30 PM starting 11/17/21 NH ChILD asks that all participants commit to regular attendance; apply their learnings to their practice; have their leadership’s approval as necessary. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and a stipend of up to $300 for participation in the 6 PLC sessions ($50 per session). Click HERE for more information  


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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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