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WEBINAR: ACEs Part I – An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress

April 1, 2019
When: April 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

ACEs Part I: An Introduction to ACEs and Toxic Stress Presented by Laura Krug and Sarah MacLaughlin, ZERO TO THREE Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT Register Today!  Please join ZERO TO THREE’s HealthySteps staff members, Laura Krug, Director of Training & Technical Assistance and Sarah MacLaughlin, Senior Writer & Training Specialist, for the first session of a 2-part series introducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress. This webinar will present findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and implications for the long-term health of those who experience childhood adversity. The presenters will also discuss the 10 types … Continue reading


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CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference: The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience

March 28, 2019
When: May 9, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: WoodWinds, 29 School Ground Rd, Branford, CT 06405, USA

Conference Description: The human brain has remarkable malleability during development.  Experiences of early childhood shape the developing brain by providing a range of social, emotional, motor and cognitive experiences that impact the development and functioning of key neural networks in the infant brain.  The major provider of these early experiences are the primary carers.  This presentation will discuss the vital importance of supporting and fostering brain development from infancy throughout early childhood by supporting the carers.  The importance of designing caregiving strategies and support programs for new parents cannot be underestimated.  Dr. Perry’s address will focus on the importance of the … Continue reading


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

March 14, 2019
When: April 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: https://www.dec-sped.org/servicecoordinationcop

Join this first SC CoP web conversation to network with service coordinators from across the nation and reflect on the expertise and value you bring to your early intervention teams. We will connect service coordination to the DEC Recommended Practices and discuss how you implement these practices in your work with families and other team members. We’ll also discuss the new SC CoP and invite your great ideas for future activities and how the SC CoP can support you!


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WEBINAR: Helping Families Meet Resource Needs and Achieve Self-Sufficiency

March 14, 2019
When: April 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4984756208515540737

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” (translation from Chinese philosopher Lao Tze). Early Interventionists and other home visitors who work with families with young children often support families with resource needs. We produce lists of resources or information, make referrals for families, and even bring resources or materials to the family. We are trying to help, but these practices do not necessarily assist the family with build the capacity to meet their ongoing resource needs or future needs that arise. Learn the … Continue reading


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AAC Exploration: A Guide to Evaluation Success

February 22, 2019
When: March 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: NEAT, 33 Coventry St, Hartford, CT 06112, USA

This training is for Speech Pathologists working in the Birth to Three System.  The presenter is Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT). The range of AAC apps and devices available on the market today can be confusing and overwhelming. How do you know which systems to compare and trial? What considerations need to be made specific to young children to support their language development? Team collaboration, a needs assessment, and a comprehensive feature matching process can help set a child on the right path for AAC success.   By means of exploring readily available … Continue reading


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Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environment Practices

February 21, 2019
When: April 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

This is a critical training for all interventionists in the Birth to Three system. An overview of Birth to Three best practices will be presented including Natural Learning Environments, Coaching as a Style of Interaction, and Primary Service Provider approach to teaming. Focus will be on developing increased competence in using a family’s everyday activities, and all the learning opportunities present within those activities, to help families promote their child’s development. As one very skilled program director put it: “We really thought we were using natural learning environment practices, but through this training we realized how much deeper we could … Continue reading


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Childhood Conversations Presents – Together We Will

February 14, 2019
When: March 29, 2019 @ 8:30 am – March 30, 2019 @ 3:45 pm
Where: Hartford-Windsor Marriott, 28 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT 06095, USA

This is a 2 Day Conference.  You may register for Single Day or Two Days (March 29 & March 30). Learn to Support and Develop Children’s Social Emotional Skills to Reduce Challenging Behaviors, Strengthen Families and Communities. Keynotes: Lise Fox, Ph.D., Prof. & Dir. of National Center for Pyramid Model Innovation, University of South Florida   and    Nick Yoder, Ph.D., Dir. of Policy and Practice, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning REGISTRATION for the 2019 joint Childhood Conversations and Together We Will conference is now open.  The 2019 conference registration deadline March 22, 2019. RATES Early Bird Fees – Register … Continue reading


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Service Coordination: September 2019

February 14, 2019
When: September 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: State of Connecticut-Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT. Park at Morgan Street Garage, 155 Morgan St., Hartford, CT ($12.48 for the day).  Park at Morgan St. Parking Garage, 155 Morgan St., Hartford, CT.  ($12.58 per day).  Take the elevator out of the parking garage to exit onto Talcott St., walk left on Talcott St. to light, turn right on Columbus Blvd. and it is first building on left. Plan on arriving by 8:30 AM to allow time to park, walk the 1 block, get through security (need picture ID).  Cafeteria in building. The Service Coordination Certificate is required for … Continue reading


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Service Coordination: July 2019

February 14, 2019
When: July 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: State of Connecticut-Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT. Park at Morgan Street Garage, 155 Morgan St., Hartford, CT ($12.48 for the day).  Park at Morgan St. Parking Garage, 155 Morgan St., Hartford, CT.  ($12.58 per day).  Take the elevator out of the parking garage to exit onto Talcott St., walk left on Talcott St. to light, turn right on Columbus Blvd. and it is first building on left. Plan on arriving by 8:30 AM to allow time to park, walk the 1 block, get through security (need picture ID).  Cafeteria in building. The Service Coordination Certificate is required for … Continue reading


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WEBINAR: Welcome to the Group-Inclusion for Young Children with Autism

February 6, 2019
When: December 4, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Military Families Learning Network, https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/30366/

Presenters: Mandy Rispoli, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D. Description: Child care providers and preschool teachers need to use best-practices to successfully include young children with autism and related disorders in their programs. This webinar will discuss best practices for including all children (birth-5) in program activities. Presenters will define what is inclusion and the benefits of including young children with autism and related disorders in child care and preschool settings.  They will also discuss best practices professionals can use to include young children with autism and identify social and physical modifications for the environment that could support successful inclusion. Objectives: … Continue reading


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WEBINAR: Stepping Out-Family Outings with Young Children with Autism

February 6, 2019
When: October 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Military Families Learning Network, East Point, GA 30364, USA

Presenters: Katie Wolfe, Ph.D. and Hedda Meadan, Ph.D. Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders have difficulties during outings to parks, libraries, appointments, and more. This webinar will present ways professionals can help families develop strategies to prevent and address concerns during their outings.  Common safety and social concerns and strategies that can be used to support families in preventing and addressing these concerns will be discussed.  Recommended practices for building family capacity and confidence will also be covered. Objectives: 1. Participants will describe safety and social concerns during outings with young children with autism and … Continue reading


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WEBINAR: Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism

February 6, 2019
When: June 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Military Families Learning Network, Atlanta, GA 30362, USA

Presenters: Jamie Pearson, Ph.D. & Hedda Meadan, Ph.D. Description: Many families of young children with autism and related disorders face challenges related to diet, nutrition, and food selectivity. This webinar will address common concerns of families surrounding dietary preferences and limitations often seen in young children with autism. The presenters will highlight the effects of food preferences, aversions, and special diets on child and family outcomes and discuss ways professionals and families can encourage young children with autism to broaden their diet.  They will also provide strategies for ensuring quality nutrition in young children with autism and related disorders. Objectives: … Continue reading


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WEBINAR: What Do We Know-Autism Screening, Diagnosis, & Supporting Young Children & Families

February 6, 2019
When: April 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Military Families Learning Network, https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/30358/

Presenter: Hedda Meadan, Ph.D. Description: Children can be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as early as 18 months, but delays in social and communication skills and other signs can appear earlier in life. This webinar will cover the prevalence of autism in the US and common red flags.  The screening and diagnosis process of young children with autism will also be discussed.  Strategies for partnering with and supporting families through this process will be shared. Objectives: 1. Participants will review information on the prevalence of autism in the US. 2. Participants will recognize red flags for autism and describe the … Continue reading


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: May 17, 2019 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: CES, 40 Lindeman Dr, Trumbull, CT 06611, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: May 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: CREC, 111 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: May 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: LEARN, 44 Hatchetts Hill Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: April 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: EASTCONN, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: April 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: ACES, 205 Skiff St, Hamden, CT 06517, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Transition From Birth to Three to Pre-K

January 31, 2019
When: April 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: EdAdvance, 355 Goshen Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759, USA

Six Regional Forums with LEA staff and Birth to Three providers are planned.  The two- hour training and discussion will focus on the process for transition from Birth to Three to Pre-k in CT.  Birth to Three staff, staff from SDE, and CPAC will be presenting information relevant to facilitating a smooth transition for families.


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Families and Providers: Preparing for Transition from Birth To Three

January 31, 2019
When: February 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Wethersfield Police Department, 250 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, CT 06109, USA

This learning opportunity includes information and resources as well as a hands-on activity designed to help families prepare for the transition meeting with their school. Families will learn, with the support of their B23 partner, how to clearly describe their child’s challenges, as well as strengths.  PROGRAMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO OFFER THIS SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AS AN EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICE THAT WILL HELP TO PREPARE THE CHILD AND FAMILY FOR TRANSITION.


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