Category: Families

CPAC event April 22 @ 5:30 pm: Update from the Bureau of Special Education

April 20, 2021

Join Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, and CPAC staff as we discuss COVID-19 and special education – where are we now and what can we expect for children receiving special education services? Register here!  


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Learning Series with Early Childhood Professionals: What Does Social Communication Mean for Young Children with Autism

March 29, 2021

This workshop will focus on preverbal communication, and the importance of turn taking and joint attention in the development of social communication. Caregivers will learn about the importance of developing social communication early in life and they will be able to distinguish between social and instrumental interaction during play-based activities with their children. Workshop presented by Dr. Kwangwon Lee from the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern CT State University and Family Connections Program at The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC).  Wednesday April 7th 6 PM. Registration required for this event: https://bit.ly/3bW95WY For additional questions, please email Adriana Fontaine … Continue reading


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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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If you don’t know about Charting the LifeCourse, now is a great time!

December 16, 2020

Building a great life starts early. If you get the CSDE Bureau Bulletin you will have seen that the Bureau of Special Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of Person-Centered Planning: LifeCourse Planning Tools. As you know Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the … Continue reading


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Help us Spread this Parent Survey from the LTSAE

December 10, 2020

Will you please forward this 8 question survey link to the families you support in Birth to Three? https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEjoJH33UbhfFvn The UConn, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), as part of a CDC/AUCD  Learn the Signs Act Early (LTSAE) grant, is gathering information about the impacts on families during the COVID-19 PHE and developmental monitoring. If you or your families have questions they can contact Bethanne Vergean | Early Childhood Technical Assistance CDC Act Early Ambassador for Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities | UConn Health School of Medicine 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030 | MC6222 Office: 860.679.1544 … Continue reading


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A.G. Bell Virtual Parent Chat

December 5, 2020

The A.G. Bell Chapter in CT is hosting a Virtual Parent Chat Here is a flyer.  It is December 10th at 7:30 PM Join them for a parent led discussion to connect families across the state who currently receive Birth to Three services or previously transitioned out of Birth to Three. Families can bring their questions, experiences, and tips! Let your families know they need to email ctchapter@agbell.org to receive the meeting invitation link. They can also email any questions or topics ahead of time to make sure they are covered! CAPTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED


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Learn critical “whys” and “hows” underlying equity and anti-bias education!

November 10, 2020

Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood Early Childhood Services at CES is proud to offer two workshops led by Elsa Jones, a Child Development Specialist and advocate with a broad range of experience spanning more than three decades. Ms. Jones is Chair of Early Childhood Education and an Assistant Professor at Post University in Waterbury, Conn. Click each workshop to register or read more. Cost is $25 each. Advancing Equity and Anti-Bias Education as an Early Childhood Professional Nov. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. Addresses the critical “whys” and “hows” underlying equity and anti-bias education (ABE) for young children. Honoring Diversity in Authentic … Continue reading


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BAGL Webinar series

September 30, 2020

Here is a link for the first webinar in a new series: “Building a Great Life in Our Schools and Communities” Friday, October 23, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Via Zoom (link provided once registered) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-great-life-in-our-schools-and-communities-tickets-123017613995 The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities are pleased to announce the first in our Building a Great Life webinar series for famlies, advocates, providers and members of our communities Presented by Dr. Erik Carter, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, his research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general … Continue reading


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SpecialEdConnections.com Highlights A Birth to Three Therapist as Part of the “Bright Spot of Innovation” Series

July 9, 2020

Recently, Jennifer Michael, Developmental Therapist at KIDSTEP (SARAH-inc) was profiled in the ongoing “Bright Spot of Innovation” series highlighting the transition to providing services via technology during the current PHE and how it has afforded unique opportunities for all! Read the full article here


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VROOM: Tips for Families

April 23, 2020

VROOM is a site/app where leaders in child development share tips, videos, and ideas for families of young children.  The March issues was on Early Learning in the Home.  Sign up to access videos and information and share with families! https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=986d65b7a9d80a53b6c948c40&id=e624597123


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Building a Great Life Conference Registration Open!

February 19, 2020

Here is a link to the flyer about the BAGL Conference Registration.  Please share this with EIS providers and Families or forward this to them with the registration link below! A Conference for Self-Advocates, Family Members and Providers Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:00am – 4:00pm Farmington Marriott Hotel,15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington CT Register for this conference at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-means-all-building-a-great-life-for-everyone-in-our-communities-tickets-94853753129 National and State Speakers Keynotes, Presentations, and Workshops on many topics. Limited to the first 350 registrants. There is no cost and lunch is included.


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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 mailto:subscribe-babytalk@listserv.unc.edu


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Part C Dispute Resolution Guides

September 17, 2018

Here is a new resource from CADRE for Part C! https://www.cadreworks.org/events/introducing-part-c-dispute-resolution-family-guides 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: https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/idea-early-intervention-family-guides/


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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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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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UTILITIES SHUT OFF NOTICE?

April 19, 2018

FREE CLINIC To Learn How To Keep Your Power On (Gas or Lights) Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) 282 Washington Street, Hartford, Conference Rooms C&D Date:   Friday, April 27, 2018 Time:   1:30 – 4:00 p.m Walk-Ins are Welcome Please bring proof of income if possible.   ¿Aviso de descontinuación? ¿Su cuenta de gas o electricidad es muy alta? Venga a Nuestra Clínica Gratis El 27 de Abril, 2018 – 1:30 a 4:00 pm Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 282 Washington Street, Hartford, Conference Rooms C&D Son bienvenidas las personas sin reserva.  Si puede, traiga prueba de ingresos. Para pregustas o reservar espacio: … Continue reading


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Autism Symposium for Patients and Families

April 10, 2018

Save the Date April 28, 2018 Join Connecticut Children’s for a half-day symposium focusing on autism. Hear from autism and developmental experts on how children and families can navigate an autism diagnosis, develop communication strategies and deal with social challenges. Gilman Auditorium (Hartford Hospital) 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT  06106 For more detailed information and  Autism Symposium RSVP  


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Building a Great Life Conference – update

April 10, 2018

The planning team for this great conference (on April 19th) believes that some people may have had difficulty registering online, either because they don’t have a credit card or for other challenges. If you or one of your families would like help or would prefer to pay at the door, please call: 800.842.7303 (toll-free, in CT) Here is the flyer again.


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Parent Leadership Training

February 23, 2018

Partners in Policymaking is a training program that is designed to build collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, service providers, and policy makers at national, state and local levels.  For the first time,  a shorter, modified training designed for parents of young children with disabilities ages birth to five will be offered – 4 Saturdays in April/May.  More information.


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Perception of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition Related Outcomes for Children and Families

February 2, 2018

The A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at UConn Health is recruiting Part C (early intervention) Service Coordinators in the state of Connecticut for a research study.  Participation includes an interview conducted with a student researcher that will last about 1 hour at the convenience of the Service Coordinator,  regarding recent transitions for children and families from Birth to Three to preschool special education.  Please contact Annie George-Puskar, M.A. (student researcher): anne.george@uconn.edu    


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