Category: Birth to Three

Transition Policy Available for Public Comment

April 1, 2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, COMMENTS, AND HEARINGS – Posted April 1, 2021 The draft policy available here TransitionPolicy-DRAFT-1Apr2021 is being proposed as an addition to the Birth to Three Transition Policy currently on file with the US Department of Education.  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) as the lead agency for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C “Birth to Three”, in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, proposes to extend the definition of “Eligible Children” in Connecticut General Statute (CGS) §17a-248, Definitions (4), as well as §§38a-490a and 38a-516a.  This policy changes the maximum age … Continue reading


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Free training from Military Families Learning Network Early Intervention Team

March 17, 2021

Military Families Learning Network Early Intervention team (MFLN), a grant project at the University of Illinois including web-based professional development for professionals working with both military and civilian families. April 14 kicks off the 2021 webinar series “Good Things Come in Threes.” Webinars in this series will discuss evidence-based strategies used by early interventionists (EI) and early childhood (EC) professionals that promote child development through caregiver-child interactions. These strategies, referred to as triadic strategies, focus on the interactions between three individuals: the child, caregiver, and EI/EC professional (McCollum & Yates, 1994).


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New Webinar offered by Zero to Three!

February 4, 2021

Supporting Young Children and Families Using Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:00-3:15 PM ET Live version is free for members Event link is available for 30 days for non-members Register Now The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging due to restrictions on in-person work and the need to use telehealth. While clinicians and other providers have faced some barriers, they have also learned about unexpected advantages. This webinar will describe the approaches taken to deliver mental health services to young children and families and the lessons learned by four different programs during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Zero … Continue reading


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Welcome Elisabeth Teller to the OEC B23 team!

October 26, 2020

The OEC lead agency team is building back up to be able to fully support our 19 EIS programs.  Elisabeth comes on board from Sarah, Inc.-KIDSTEPS where she served as the Director of Children’s Services, and the B23 program director for 16 years.  Before that she was a developmental therapist at the STAR Rubino Center.  It has been a long few years for Part C in Connecticut starting with the massive change to a fee for service system, then moving to a new lead agency (and a few new commissioners), then the RFP and related transitions and of course now … Continue reading


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Help Promote Birth to Three on Social Media!

June 9, 2020

Did you notice the new banner on our  Mail Chimp weekly email summary? (Are you getting our weekly summary emails on Tuesdays at noon?) We are fortunate to be supported by the OEC on a number of public awareness efforts like that. Have you seen all the social media posts about Birth to Three being open for referrals and that evaluations are free like the sample below?  We are working to help families and referral sources to understand that they should not wait if they have concerns about the development of an infant or toddler during the COVID-19 PHE. Look … Continue reading


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Recorded webinar from National Seating and Mobility with Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT

April 23, 2020

Information from National Seating and Mobility on how to move forward with equipment ordering through telehealth.  Ginny Paleg starts at 33:50 in the recording and shares great information on mobility needs, case studies, and assessment of sensorimotor disorders.  https://vimeo.com/408960728/0b08ab7d2b


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Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Four Therapists Share Their Wisdom.

April 9, 2020

In this video by Larry Edelman, early intervention practitioners from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Ohio) share their experiences and advice about using video conferencing to deliver home visits.  https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/ti-service.asp#four-therapists


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ECPC Special Newsletter: COVID-19

March 20, 2020

The Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to assist states to develop, implement, and evaluate integrated and comprehensive systems of personnel development (CSPD) for the early childhood workforce so that young children with disabilities and their families receive effective early childhood intervention. SPECIAL EDITION:Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources


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ECTA Center Resources on Tele-Intervention

March 18, 2020

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center has an area on their website dedicated to providing early intervention remotely which includes considerable information and resources.


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Links to Telepractice Research and Information

March 18, 2020

Article on use of Early Start Denver Model during remote early intervention. Use of telehealth in early intervention (IDEA Part C) – Resources to consider during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Links to many different areas related to providing early intervention remotely. Telepractice in Speech-Language Therapy: Researchers and practitioners have found that telepractice is an effective means of increasing access to high-quality services that meet children’s unique needs and is a viable mechanism to deliver speech–language services for multiple purposes. This article offers a framework to facilitate the implementation of practices. Parent Perspectives of an Occupational Therapy Telehealth Intervention:  Occupational … Continue reading


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NEAT Newsletter – July 2019 Edition

July 25, 2019

The New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) July 2019 Edition is now available online.  To learn about any new products & events, and to subscribe to the Newsletter, please visit the following link: https://mailchi.mp/oakhillct/neat-newsletter-617815?e=d9c9a9ec9a


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WEBINAR: Coaching in Early Childhood Sept. 25, 2019

June 17, 2019

Sponsored by Brookes Publishing   This webinar will provide the background and rationale for using a coaching interaction style in early childhood programs to build the capacity of parents, teachers, and other care providers to promote child learning within the context of everyday routines and activities. In this powerful webinar, the presenters, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, will share the evidence-based characteristics of coaching practices and discuss strategies that can be used by all early childhood educators from a variety of backgrounds. Join us to learn: The rationale for using a coaching interaction style with parents, teachers, and other care … Continue reading


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WEBINAR: ACEs Part I – An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress

April 1, 2019

ACEs Part I: An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress Presented by Laura Krug and Sarah MacLaughlin, ZERO TO THREE Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT Register Today!  Please join ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps staff members, Laura Krug, Director of Training & Technical Assistance and Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer & Training Specialist, for the first session of a 2-part series introducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress. This webinar will present findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and implications for the long-term health of those who experience childhood adversity. The presenters will also discuss the 10 types … Continue reading


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Child Conversations presents Together We Will @ Hartford – Windsor Marriott March 29th & 30th

February 14, 2019

Office of Early Childhood is sponsoring the Event.  You may register for Single Day or Two Days.  Learn to Support and Develop Children’s Social Emotional Skills to Reduce Challenging Behaviors, Strengthen Families and Communities.  The 2019 conference registration deadline March 22, 2019.  You may register here http://childhoodconversations.com/attend/.  For more information visit the Child Conversation’s website http://childhoodconvo.wpengine.com/.


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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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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: https://divisionearlychildhood.egnyte.com/dl/TpETpuC2ut


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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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Birth to Three on Connecticut Public Radio!

May 8, 2018

This is one segment from a four part series that you might enjoy. http://wnpr.org/post/seeing-things-differently-where-turn-help-and-after-autism-diagnosis 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. http://wnpr.org/term/seeing-things-differently  


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READY TO ROLL — THINK BABIES

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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