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!
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
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
ECI Over 3!
May 4, 2020
Did you know that the combination of supports under the IDEA from Birth to Kindergarten is referred to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)? Connecticut is very fortunate to have a nimble state government that puts the needs of families first. Two weeks ago Executive Order 7 DD authorized the Joint OEC/ CSDE Memo #19 implementing supports for families with children who are eligible for Part C who turn three during the COVID-19 PHE. When a school district can’t determine eligibility for Part B due to school closures, Birth to Three can continue to provide Early Intervention Services (EIS). The specifics are … Continue reading
Transition Updates in SDE Bureau Bulletin
December 7, 2016
Below is a link to an important blog post by the CT State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education. It clarifies expectations for LEAs when children from Birth to Three are referred for Early Childhood Special Education. Birth to Three Transition Update Please read it. Thank you to the Birth to Three Program Directors and Maria Synodi for addressing this important time in the lives of many of the families we support. To subscribe to the CSDE Bureau Bulletin after you click on the link above (and read it) click on the white Home link in the black menu bar at the … Continue reading