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





New information on Child Trauma

  Infographic: Addressing Child Trauma in CT
INFORGRAPHIC on Child Trauma in CT





The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) has published a new infographic showing the tremendous progress made in CT in addressing childhood trauma, as well as plans to address gaps in care for young children.

CHDI also released an Issue Brief Supporting Young Children Who Experience Trauma: The Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative.” It discusses the effects of trauma on young children and ways Connecticut can support young children who experience trauma.


Family Preparedness Plan and recommendations released


Governor Malloy Announces the Release of the Family Preparedness Plan

 On Wednesday, March 29th, Governor Malloy announced the release of the Family Preparedness Plan, a step-by-step toolkit for parents who want to have a plan in place for a friend or family member to care for their children in the event that they are detained or deported. The toolkit urges families to have a designated “standby guardian” and contains a list of immediate steps that can be taken by parents or family members to ensure their children are cared for in the event of immigration enforcement. It also reminds parents that, “if your children were born in the United States, they are U.S Citizens.”

The Family Preparedness Plan is available, free of cost, in both English and Spanish. In addition to providing a list of immediate actions, the toolkit also includes:

  • Forms that can be filled out with important information about your children
  • A list of documents which parents should locate and keep in a safe place
  • A list of helpful resources that concerned parents can seek guidance from

Read Governor Malloy’s Press Release and download the Family Preparedness Plan using the links below.




SSIP Phase III Final Draft available

The final draft of Phase III of  Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is online for review.

Here is a draft of what will be submitted and a form used to track progress on the Evaluation Plan.  Comments are welcome until March 24 to  To review the Logic Model and Evaluation Plan submitted in Phase II, click here.

To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, please visit the SSIP webpage at also available via the Home page menus on the left under How are we doing? > State Performance Plan > SSIP.

World Down Syndrome Day = 3/ 21

Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day!

What does 3/21 mean to you?

CT Down Syndrome Congress invites you to consider it in the way families of a child with Down syndrome might: the uniqueness of the genetic triplication that leads to Down syndrome.

They also encourage you to Rock Your Socks =  wear the brightest, eye-catching, possibly mis-matched socks you can find.  When you are asked, “What’s with the socks?” you have an opportunity to explain that you are celebrating all the wonderful things about people with Down syndrome while helping to advocate for  individual rights, inclusion, and respect.