Category: Accountability

FFY17/SFY18 APR Draft Available

January 9, 2019

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 1/29/19. Unfortunately the PDF created by the GRADS360 online submission tool is a little hard to read…


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Draft 16-17 SPP/APR available for review

December 27, 2017

This is a link to the final draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2018.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2018 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2018.


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CT Early Childhood Alliance Data Tool

December 12, 2017

If you don’t receive the EC Alliance emails, this tool was just posted and is a great way to look up data about infants and toddlers by town as compared to the state as a whole.   Where are your babies? http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/infants_and_toddlers


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FFY17 Part C Federal Application Draft Available for Comment

February 17, 2017

The Draft FFY17 (7/1/17-6/30/18) Part C Federal Application is now available for public comment. It can be found here. https://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/fedapp/ Written comment on the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Comments should be sent: by e-mail to Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov. by Fax to 860-622-2789 or by mail at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; Two public hearings concerning the proposed application will be held. Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835, Meeting Room H Plaza Level Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 to … Continue reading


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New COS Session Added to Module!

August 25, 2015

Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module. http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/


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Parent Training Opportunity – Understanding Data

June 3, 2015

Family Leaders Institute by DaSy* – What’s in a number? Do you know a parent leader who is seeking training in understanding children’s educational data? One parent can be sponsored to go to Atlanta, Georgia this October 6 and 7 and learn how to meaningfully engage as a stakeholder in conversations about data. This institute is intended to help the parent advocate for improvements in Part C and preschool special education. Go to http://dasycenter.sri.com/downloads/FLI_flyer.pdf for more information.   *DaSy is the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems


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Periodic Reviews of the IFSP

April 27, 2015

This is an important summary of the IDEA regulations regarding IFSP review deadlines.


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What Are Other State Part C Systems Doing?

January 20, 2015

The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) recently posted the results of two 2014 surveys related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online.  These have interesting information about what is going on in other states. 2014 ITCA Tipping Points Survey – Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses – This survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty‐eight of the fifty-six states and jurisdictions responded to the … Continue reading


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Eligibility Rates by Program by Month

September 26, 2014

A program recently asked us to update the FY12 eligibility rate report on the data verification page here at Birth23.org. Here is the link to the new report which breaks it down even further by month. You can always find it by clicking on How Are We Doing? on the left of the Home tab and selecting Data Verification. If your data seems well above or below the average (+/- 12%) you might want to look into why.


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National Child Outcomes Data 2012-2013

August 1, 2014

The ECTA Center staff will present the recently analyzed national child outcomes data for 2012-2013 including completeness of the data and some pattern checking to explore what is behind the national numbers. In addition, states will learn about updated resources including the 2012-2013 national graphing template, 2012-2013 eligibility category comparison template and more. Session Overview Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:00 pm EDT Register by Monday, August 25, 2014 Call-in and screen share information will be e-mailed to registered participants the day of the webinar. Registrations for this webinar are being taken at: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etUfgTBCDPz7SsZ


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Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates

July 29, 2014

An updated table of Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates for FY14 (7/1/13 – 6/30/14) has been posted on the Data Verification Tables page (Under How are we doing on the Home page Left menu).  Programs are encouraged to look at their data and update SPIDER.  If there are other reasons for being below 85%, please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.


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Global Reporting and Child Outcomes Data

July 18, 2014

There is a new video  on the website that walks you through how to download and manipulate the raw child outcome data that is in SPIDER.   The link is listed on the SPIDER Video Manual page under the For Providers menu to the left.


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OSEP Determinations

July 1, 2014

Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 7th year in a row… “The Department has determined that Connecticut meets the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.”   That may not sound like a lot but it means a great deal. The only way we could continue to meet all of the requirements of Part C of IDEA year after year is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition to all the … Continue reading


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Family Survey Clarification

May 13, 2014

Each March we give batches of pre-printed family surveys to programs to pass on to specific families.  The families who get the surveys are those who have had more than six months of visits on Feb 1st each year. If you have a family who you think should have received a survey and didn’t, first please check that their first visit was before 8/1/13.  If it was, please contact Anna.Hollister@CT.gov.   If it wasn’t, please do not give the family a blank survey as they need a number to complete the survey online. In addition, regardless of how the survey is completed, their results … Continue reading


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