Category: Professional Development

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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Advance Your Practices: Early Intervention Specialist Course @ UCONN

December 22, 2020

Are you working in Birth to Three and want to expand your knowledge and practices with families.  The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules. Course starts in January.  Apply now!  If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish at (860) 679-1563 or email at freyre@uchc.edu   Here is what your colleagues are saying:  “If you are passionate about what you do … 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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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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DEC Conference Early Bird Registration Ends October 30, 2020

October 22, 2020

The DEC Annual International VIRTUAL Conference is January 21-29, 2021 and practitioners and service coordinators get 50% off registration!!! Early bird registration ends October 30. Discount code is on this website as well as a link to register.


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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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Pediatric Teletherapy

April 13, 2020

Pediatric Teletherapy Live Continuing Education Course Summit Professional Education is offering a live interactive 2 hour continuing education course approved by the AOTA and APTA for CEUs Thursday April 16, 2020 from 5-7pm. The course Description highlights, ethics, evidence-based, technology, and problem solving service delivery remotely Cost is $79.99 but is free if you have the annual unlimited CEU plan Pediatric Teletherapy link for more information


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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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BESB announces trainings for Fall 2019

June 14, 2019

Below are links for DORS-BESB Fall In-Services 2019  Wed 9/25/19 – Paraprofessional Day – (Paraprofessionals may only register for Day 1)  space is limited https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaching-students-visual-impairment-w-multiple-disabilitiesdb-para-day-tickets-63003160148 Thurs 9/26/19 – Professional Day – (Families, Education Teams, Administration may register for Day 1 or Day 2) space is limited https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teaching-students-visual-impairment-w-multiple-disabilitiesdb-prof-day-tickets-63009876236   School Age In-Services: Monday 9/23/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Braille: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-strategies-and-techniques-for-teaching-students-who-read-braille-tickets-62813981309 Tuesday 10/1/19 – Paraprofessionals: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-and-techniques-for-paraeducators-working-with-students-with-visual-impairments-in-tickets-52405716910 Wednesday 10/2/19 – Teachers with Students who Read Large Print: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-techniques-4-teachers-working-wstudents-who-read-large-print-tickets-61312514381 


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Prenatal Exposure to Substances

June 4, 2019

In partnership with ITCA, ECTA has posted a new webpage on Young Children who are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and their Families: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/prenatalsubstances.asp This page includes Federal laws, research, and resources on policy/guidance and state examples. This page will also provide a link to the updated webpage Child Maltreatment: Referral Requirements under CAPTA and IDEA and Resources: http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/capta.asp


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WEBINAR: Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team April 9, 2019

March 14, 2019

The Service Coordination Community of Practice (SC CoP) was created to recognize the value of service coordinators and give these important early intervention team members a professional home. The SC CoP offers service coordinators the opportunities to network with others across the nation, share SC-related resources and tips, and learn about topics relevant to providing high quality service coordination. Meetings & Events Upcoming Events Service Coordination Matters – A Web Conversation To Recognize What You Bring to the EI Team Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET Register to join the conversation here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/5668701918898151425  Join this first SC … 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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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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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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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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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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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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