Coaching Institute for Early Childhood – July 19 & 20

Are you interested in learning about coaching models and improving your practice? This two-day institute will support levels of beginner, intermediate and experienced coaches in the early intervention field. Outcomes: Examine different coaching models that support early childhood providers and parents; Learn more about the core principles of coaching as outlined by Rush & Shelden; Explore differences in coaching process when context/setting is considered; Reflect on your coaching disposition; Understand the different roles related to coaching vs. supervision vs. consultation. This training is sponsored by All Our Kin, CT. Birth to Three, CT. Head Start, Office of Early Childhood, EASTCONN, Hartford Foundation, RESC Alliance, UCONN Disabilities Center.  For providers in Birth to Three that have already received training and TA from Rush & Shelden this may be repetitive.  For more information contact or the Birth to Three Calendar.

Workshop: Promoting Social Competence

 Promoting Social Competence: Using quality practices to plan and prevent challenging behaviors in young children.          UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is offering a summer workshop for Early Childhood professionals on the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective early childhood practices to address challenging behaviors. Areas of focus will include:  Precipitators of Behavior Challenges, Multi-Tiered Levels of Student Support, Curriculum and Adaptations, Family Partnerships, Relationships.   More Information!



BDI 2 has new norms!

The BDI-2 NU has been released with new norms that reflect changes in race, region and socioeconomic status.  The changes in norms on the BDI-2 NU relative to the BDI-2 require slightly higher raw scores in several domains in order to achieve the same scaled score.  The effect in the 0-3 age group is not as significant as with the 3.5-5 year old group but is notable in the personal-social, adaptive and communication areas, making it more likely for children to meet eligibility criteria.

The current BDI-2 kit remains valid however programs should purchase the new examiner manual which has updated scoring.  If your program is using online scoring the new scoring norms are available at no additional cost.

DADDY MATTERS (a 4-Part Web Series)


ZERO TO THREE has teamed up with YouTube star La Guardia Cross to create “Daddy Matters,” a 4-part web series that launches today with new episodes every Friday through the month of June. We’ll kick things off with a Facebook Live tonight at 7pm Eastern. Please join us!

Daddy Matters explores why dads matter and what matters to dads. La Guardia is the creator of New Father Chronicles which captures life with his adorable young daughters. His candid and always comedic take on life as a dad has drawn millions of engaged viewers and sparks lively conversations on his social media channels. La Guardia was named to Ebony’s Power 100 list and is a leading national voice for dads.

Daddy Matters episodes are supremely entertaining and at the same time serve as great discussion-starters about important ways dads support their children’s early development. Check out episode 1 that addresses the adjustment to fatherhood and learning from the inevitable mistakes all parents make.



Cranial Symposium through Hanger Clinic

On May 23, 2017 Hanger Clinic is sponsoring a clinic from 4 – 7:45 PM (dinner provided)  on Clinical and Therapeutic Approaches for Plagiocephaly,   Brachycephaly, and Craniosynostosis.  For more information see : Hanger Clinic Continuing Education  or for registration.  Birth to Three Providers can use the code “hangeredu” for free registration!



New MOA with CT Dept. of Public Health

The Office of Early Childhood, Birth to Three System, and the CT Department of Public Health have shared interests for improving families’ access to health and developmental supports.  Recently, the ability to coordinate efforts was enhanced by a new Memorandum of Agreement.

Terms are specified for confidential, limited data sharing to improve Birth to Three Child Find for infants and toddlers meeting Birth to Three automatic eligibility due to diagnoses of:

  • lead poisoning
  • deaf or hard of hearing
  • extreme prematurity, extreme low birth weight, and
  • selected birth defects including Zika-related disorders

DPH tracking of these children will be enhanced by knowing when they connected to early intervention supports to optimize their development. PII is shared with parent consent.

Both agencies produce required data reports to federal offices under the terms of their grant awards, and to State elected officials and other stakeholders.


Supporting Military Families

Families with one or more members in the military often experience extraordinary stress.

The Military Child Education Coalition is dedicated to providing supports to those families and the educational professionals in their lives.  Their goal is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family separation.

Events, webinars, online courses and more are available.  For example, a webinar on “Helping Young Children Navigate Change”  may be found here.   Additional Parent-to-Parent, student-to-student and professional training opportunities can be accessed at:

Please share the MCEC resource with your military-affiliated families and colleagues.

Promoting Safety and Connections with Fragile Infants and their Families

The CT Hospital Association and the CT Perinatal Quality Collaborative are sponsoring a free training on strategies for Promoting Safety and Connectedness: A philosophy of care for the high risk infant and  family.

  • Friday, April 21
  • 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM

Keynote speaker Stephen W. Porges is a “Distinguished University Scientist” at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He is the developer of the Polyvagal Theory linking the evolution of the autonomic nervous system to social behavior.

There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.  Continuing education credits are available.

Connecticut Hospital Association   110 Barnes Road  Wallingford, CT 06492-0090

For directions, click here.


Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

A Learning Forum on Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

Building a Brighter Future for Infants & Toddlers:
Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA)
110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

Click Here for Full Description and Registration