Category: Resources

“Every Parent Has What It Takes To Be A Brain Builder”

June 10, 2016

This is a new and exciting resource,,  for parents developed by a group of dedicated scientists and leaders in brain development.  Parents can sign up (website or app) to receive simple, developmentally appropriate ideas that support their child’s learning.  Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.

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Zero To Three National Parent Survey

June 10, 2016

ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, conducted a comprehensive research effort, including in-home discussions and a large national parent survey with a diverse range of parents of children from birth to 5. The findings provide new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.

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Better Hearing and Speech Month webinars

May 9, 2016

“Communication Takes Care”  Join us for the  Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016 from 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET to learn more about hearing screening and the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.  No registration is required to join the webinars.  May 16, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children Captioning Services:   May 17, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Don’t Wait to Communicate! Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Captioning Services:   May 18, 2:00 – 2:15 pm ET Quality … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Language Development Not All Toys Are Created Equal!

February 9, 2016

A new study looks at the role of toys ( electronic “learning” toys vs. traditional toys vs. books) in promoting language development.  The results were significant – traditional toys and books supported language development and high quality parent-child communication more than electronic toys.

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AAP Releases Updated Immunization Schedule

February 8, 2016

Immunizations prevent illnesses with potentially devastating health and developmental consequences.  An updated 2016 schedule was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The updated schedule was also approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The “Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years,” changes the order of the vaccines to group them by the recommended age of administration,  adds three recently licensed vaccines, and includes footnotes and a catch-up  schedule. Please discuss the 2016 schedule with your families and help ensure they  … Continue reading

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Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants

February 5, 2016

In April 2014, the Office of the Child Advocate issued data from 2001-2013 reporting that the number of Connecticut infants who died where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died of child abuse. The public health alert also stated that infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other form of accidental injury.  The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, booklets … Continue reading

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Kids Mental Health info now available in Spanish

November 30, 2015

Looking for answers to questions and concerns about a young child’s behavior or mental health?  Now you can find them in English and Spanish. Topics include: Information for Parents and Caregivers Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Child Trauma Early Care and Education Providers School-Based Mental Health To request English/Spanish postcards about this website for your staff and/or parents, please  contact Abby Alter, at

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Resources for Sensory Friendly Clothing

November 19, 2015

Finding clothing for someone with a sensory processing disorder can be a challenge. There are a lot of factors that can cause discomfort: itchy tags, harsh materials, and exposed elastic bands are just a few.  Here are 18 stores dedicated to providing a comfortable and stylish wardrobe for children and adults with special needs.

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#ActEarly Twitter Chat

October 30, 2015

Join #ActEarly for a Live Twitter chat on Monday, November 9 at 2pm ET.  Those on social media may follow AUCD @AUCDNews and the chat host, March of Dimes @modhealthtalk, for more details. To help you prepare and participate, here are the #ActEarly chat topics: T1 What does #ActEarly stand for? T2 What are developmental milestones? Why do they matter? Are they different for a preemie? #ActEarly T3 How can families #ActEarly? What should you do if you are worried your child’s development isn’t on track? #ActEarly T4 What is included in EI services? #ActEarly T5 Do all preemies need … Continue reading

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Meet Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism!

October 23, 2015

“Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative. Launched Wednesday morning, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first muppet with autism.  The initiative, created for communities and families with children ages 2 to 5, includes a free downloadable app that incorporates video, digital story cards designed to make daily life tasks easier for families of children with autism and storybook materials for providers, organizations and caregivers. ” (article found … Continue reading

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October Discounts on Infant Mental Health products

October 15, 2015

Looking for great information on supporting Infant Mental Health?  Go to this site and claim your discounted rate on a variety of products before November 1st.   Just select “MI-AIMH Member” when you add products to your shopping cart! Connecticut is a proud member of the alliance of states that offer the Competencies and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.  

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New Publication: Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children

September 24, 2015

Childhood trauma exposure is a significant and costly public health concern that affects tens of thousands of Connecticut children resulting in lifelong impairments to health, behavioral health and academic outcomes. CHDI has released its latest publication to inform early childhood practice:  “Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems for Children” The report includes: Guidelines and best-practices for developing a comprehensive and integrated trauma-informed system of care for children A summary and timeline of trauma-informed programs and services in Connecticut An analysis of progress and gaps for each major child-serving system in Connecticut Recommendations for system integration and improvement

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Office of Early Childhood Kicks Off CLICK for Babies Campaign

August 28, 2015

The CT. Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is kicking off its participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies Campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The purpose is to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.  The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents.  Some good information for parents related to infant crying can be found at CLICK for Babies .  

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ECTA Center eNotes

August 4, 2015

Do you get these Early Childhood TA Center emails each Friday?   The articles are often very interesting and relevant like the new parent portal at Zero to Three or the Spanish language video on Early Hearing Screening.    To sign up email  

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Circle of Security Sensitivity Training

July 31, 2015

A three day Circle of Security Sensitivity training will take place in New Britain on October 20 – 22.  This training is appropriate for registered parent educators, psychotherapists, early intervention specialists and other helping professionals.  For more information and registration: Circle of Security

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4 Webinar Series on EI and Social Emotional Development

June 16, 2015

This series of four 90 minute webinars on Early Intervention and Social Emotional Development in the Early Years is free and available to all interested programs and providers.

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Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers Toolkit

June 8, 2015

The Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for families of toddlers and preschoolers, this website is organized by child age, and offers videos, activities, and print materials to address common parenting challenges, including tantrums and whining.    

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Go Baby Go!

May 12, 2015

Two great opportunities coming up to support early mobility and exploration through the Go Baby Go Program founded by the University of Delaware! Central Connecticut State University and Plainville High School will team up to build 6-8 modified toy cars for kids who need them @ Plainville High School. No cost to family, just need to register, contact  Contact: Rose Flammang PT, DPT  or Michele Dischino CCSU Associate Professor Initial modifications will occur May 26th. Kids and their families will join on May 27th 8am-11am to be fitted and final modifications made.  Families will get to take home … Continue reading

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Are You Getting Weekly Birth to Three BLOG Posts? Are Your Colleagues?

May 1, 2015

If you have not signed up for weekly emails that alert you to recent BLOG posts, you may be missing key information. We post important Birth to Three updates, trainings,  information and tools that support you in providing quality services in Early Intervention.  You can sign up for weekly alerts right on the BLOG by scrolling down  until you see the sign-up on the left sidebar.  Don’t miss out on information you need.  Sign-up today! Of course, if you are reading this in an email, you are all set but will you please check with your colleagues to see if they got … Continue reading

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Take Time, Talk

April 15, 2015

Studies show that by the time children reach a mere three years old, a 30-million word gap exists between children of the lowest and highest income families. This refers to the number of words children are exposed to—well before they reach kindergarten. The “Take Time. Talk!” tool offers demonstrations on how adults can talk more in-depth with their infants, toddlers and preschool-age children, whether at the grocery store, enjoying a meal, bath time and more.  There are simple handouts available in English and Spanish.

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