Category: Training

Equity in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Webinar

May 11, 2021

The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation has a free webinar series to promote equity for children and families from marginalized communities. The webinar on May 26, “Culture, Identity, and History as Sources of Strength and Resilience for Asian American & Pacific Islander Children & Families,” will discuss racial bias and inequities in the early care and education experiences of Asian American & Pacific Islander children and families, and explore ways to support and strengthen culturally responsive relationships and responses in infant and early childhood mental health consultation. Register at the link above.


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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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Vision Screening Tools for Children From Birth to Age 3

May 29, 2020

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness and School Health Corporation is hosting a webinar on June 4, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST about vision screening tools for children aged birth to 3 years, as well as resources to support parent education about children’s vision and accessing eye care. They will also discuss: The impact of uncorrected vision disorders on a child’s development, behavior, and learning 18 vision development milestones that occur in the first year of life Vision screening tools for children ages birth to 3 years Free resources for parents/caregivers to support … Continue reading


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Have you seen the Remote EI Videos?!

May 5, 2020

Here is the link to ECTA’s  “Provider Use of Technology” webpage:  https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/ti-service.asp When you scroll down you’ll see a series of video’s by Larry Edelman including these three. A Home Visit with Ares’ Family. Ohio speech-language pathologist Lindsay Miketa delivers an early intervention home visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video illustrates the experience of a family new to early intervention that has only received home visits via video conferencing. The story is accompanied by insightful observations offered by Lindsay and Ares’ parents, Jacqueline and Daniel. A Home Visit with Sam’s Family. This video illustrates an early intervention home visit … Continue reading


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Coaching During Service Coordonation

November 1, 2019

Coaching is best practice early intervention when supporting families, whether developing strategies during everyday activities or during provision of service coordination.  This video features a service coordinator with the Infant & Toddler Connection of Fairfax-Falls Church describing how she use coaching during service coordination. (VA Early Intervention Professional Development Center, run time 1:26) A Parent’s Perspective on the value of Service Coordination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=fkme0PafsqI


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MEISR Recorded Webinar

October 30, 2019

The Measure of Engagement, Independence, and Social Relationships (MEISR) is an authentic assessment tool that is arranged by looking directly at family routines.  It includes skills from all developmental areas that might be assessed during  14 common everyday activities of families.  For a 40 minute recorded webinar explaining the tool in more detail click HERE.


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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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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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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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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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