Birth to Three Blog

    Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers

    December 13, 2018

    New newsletter is out!  Information and resources included on the following topics: The Importance of Faces for Infants’ Learning; New Guidance on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity, and Early Intervention; Does Research Support a Link Between Smart Phone Use and Behavior?; What Do Babies Learn By Pointing; I Said I Want the Red Bowl! Responding to Toddlers’ Behavior.  Access newsletter here.

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    Webinar – The Caregiver Coaching Framework (Session 2) – Dathan Rush & M’Lisa Shelden

    November 29, 2018

    Caregiver coaching consists of five research-based characteristics that when used together result in positive parent-identified outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. This one-hour webinar will introduce participants to the coaching characteristics of observation, action/practice, reflection, feedback, and joint planning.  For more information and to Register   

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    Dispute Resolution Information Available in Spanish

    November 19, 2018

    Spanish Early Intervention (IDEA Part C) Family Guides Source: The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) In October 2018, CADRE released Las Guías para familias de intervención temprana de la IDEA Parte C están disponibles in Español (Early Intervention Family Guides for Part C of the IDEA in Spanish). The resource includes four family guides, an early intervention dispute resolution comparison chart, a list of common terms, and additional information about due process procedures under Part C of the IDEA. CADRE also offers Family Guides translated in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Hmong, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Portuguese, Japanese, … Continue reading

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    Writing Functional IFSP Outcomes – Webinar sponsored by DEC

    November 15, 2018

    1 hour Webinar on November 29th, 1-2 PM EST.   Effective IFSP outcomes are the foundation of intervention. This presentation reviews new guidance documents adapted from the ECTA Functional Outcome Framework. This session will support functional outcome writing with visual guidance documents. Register:

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    Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work with Infants and Toddlers

    November 15, 2018

    Baby Talk is a free monthly newsletter with links to research and tools to support working with families of infants and toddlers.  This month’s newsletter covered topics such as: The Importance of Faces for Infants’ Learning; New Guidance on Low Birth Weight, Prematurity, and Early Intervention; What Do Babies Learn by Pointing? Each issue features high quality, readily available, and free resources. Some resources are available in English and Spanish. To join the listserv, send an email with no message to

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    Five New Developmental Tools for Early Learning

    November 13, 2018

    Access some new tools on inclusion in childcare, developmental milestones (English and Spanish, teaching language and literacy to very young children. Newsletter  

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    Early Intervention Specialist course through UCEDD – January 2019!

    November 7, 2018

    The University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (@ UCONN) is offering an Interdisciplinary Training for Early Interventionists.  The goal of these Master’s level courses is to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals currently working in the field of early intervention.  This year long training offers participants the option of receiving credit for 3 masters level courses through UCONN or a stipend of comparable value.  Successful completion also awards the Birth to Three Credential which allows paraprofessionals to be considered early intervention specialists (professionals) for the purpose of job duties and insurance requirements.  For information contact Gabriella Freyre-Calish at (860)679-1563 or … Continue reading

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    Coaching Webinar! November 6th!

    October 25, 2018

    Zero To Three is sponsoring a series of three live webinars by Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden.  The first is on November 6th and will focus on the background and rationale for the use of coaching by early intervention providers, Early Head Start and Head Start home visitors, and others who work closely with parents/caregivers.  We encourage staff to take advantage of the upcoming training opportunities! Register Here!

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    Part C Dispute Resolution Guides

    September 17, 2018

    Here is a new resource from CADRE for Part C! From here you can watch the webinar that was held September 10th or download the slide deck or visit this page to download the guides:

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    Hard Work Planning Service Coordination Revisions!

    July 19, 2018

    Thanks to Heather our Service Coordination Planning meeting space at Beacon Service of CT. was a bit more enticing – given the weather was more appropriate for the beach than for work!  Lots of effort going into development of online training modules to support orientation of new staff and service coordination training.

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    Words Count-Free Literacy program for families in Greater Hartford

    July 10, 2018

    Words Count is a short-term, parent-directed, play based program that builds creativity and caregiver-child bonds. The program is based on research showing that the number of words a child hears by age 3 can have a significant impact on his or her future academic success. Research that tells us that by age three, children growing up in poor neighborhoods or from lower-income families may hear up to 30 million fewer words than their more privileged counterparts. During in-home and community-based coaching sessions with a literacy specialist, parents and caregivers are helped to increase their children’s vocabulary and enhance their conversational abilities. … Continue reading

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    Procedures and Forms now Easily Searchable

    July 5, 2018

    Now that all the forms and procedures have be “finalized” as of July 1, 2018, we combined them into small PDFs.  These PDFs can be stored on your phone so you can search all of them at once without access to the internet and without having to remember in which procedure to look. Here is the link to All Current Procedures  (1.6 Mb, 222 pages) Here is the link to All Current Forms in English (<1 Mb, 62 pages) Here is the link to All Current Translated Forms ( 3.5 Mb, 223 pages) We will continue our efforts to streamline … Continue reading

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    Reflections from a Family: We are getting it RIGHT!

    June 14, 2018

    From an interventionist in the field:   I just wanted to share a “feel good” Birth to Three story. It’s from a family who has been with me for a year and a half now and tomorrow turns three, so today we said “goodbye”. We were reflecting on our time together and all the progress her son has made. When she first started with CT. Birth to Three she had just left NY where her son was receiving services through the medical model.  I asked her how CT’s Birth to Three natural learning environment model varied from the NY medical model … Continue reading

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    Messages from Millennials

    June 12, 2018

    This is wonderful.  From Virginia.  Enjoy!! 11 Things a Millennial Parent Wished a Generation-X EI Provider Knew  

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    May 15, 2018

    Go Baby Go is a national program that adapts ride-on toys  for children ages 6 months to 4 years of age who have mobility limitations.  For information and to sign up:  

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    Early Childhood Education Conference: Gesell Institute of Child Development

    May 15, 2018

    July 2018 the Gesell Institute is hosting an early childhood conference: Choose Wonder.  Experts in child development and early childhood education will share the latest research and practical tools to equip early childhood professionals to truly see and know children.

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    Birth to Three on Connecticut Public Radio!

    May 8, 2018

    This is one segment from a four part series that you might enjoy. Dr. Thyde Dumont-Mathieu has been working with us for a while and really gets what Birth to Three looks like.  Also Maris and Maris and Kate from Creative Intervention are featured!  It’s only 5 minutes long but is wonderful.  

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    May 7, 2018

    It’s time to Think Babies and make the potential of every baby a national priority! Early experiences shape how a baby’s brain develops, laying the foundation for future learning, behavior, health and success throughout life. On May 8, children and families from all 50 states and D.C. will descend on the nation’s capital for the second annual Strolling Thunder. They will meet their Members of Congress to share what babies and families need to thrive: Three Ways to Join Us: Meet us at the Capitol for Strolling Thunder on Tuesday, May 8th. Join the rally on Facebook Live. Tell Congress to #ThinkBabiesAndAct For … Continue reading

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    Supporting Evidence-Based Practices in Autism

    April 27, 2018

     In support of the National Autism Awareness month, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) shares a blog post from Sam Odom of the FPG Child Development Institute (April 2018) that gives examples of available national and global research focused on evidence-based practices and autism. Practitioners, researchers, and caregivers working with children with autism will find valuable information in the linked resources (examples below): Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, The National Clearinghouse on Autism Research and Practice

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    Transition From Birth to Three to Preschool Special Education

    April 20, 2018

    A free two hour training will be offered on May 17th at ACES and on May 25th at CREC.  Training objectives include: Providing school districts an overview of the Connecticut Birth to Three system, learning to implement strategies to smooth the transition process for families, clarifying the role of Birth to Three and school district representatives in the transition process.  See Birth to Three calendar for details.

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