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.

Immigrant and Refugee Families – information and resources

Governor Dannel Malloy and OEC Acting Commissioner Linda Goodman recently sent a letter and list of resources to all state-funded early care and education providers. The letter is in response to the recent presidential executive order on immigration matters and corresponding implementation memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  It provides guidance  to state-funded early care and education providers outlining suggested protocols to develop and implement.

While this letter was sent to state-funded providers, the guidance could be useful to any early care and education provider across the state.  Some of the protocol will be different for services provided in the home.


Public Hearing Regarding DORS-BESB Children’s Services Policy Manual

This is your chance to provide feedback on BESB children’s services and collaboration with the Birth to Three system. You can also provide written testimony and comments via email below.


 The State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) will be conducting a public hearing on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT and simultaneously by teleconference. The purpose of the hearing is to offer the public, consumers, advocates, agencies and organizations the opportunity to provide comments pertaining to proposed changes to the policies that govern the administration of the Children’s Services Program. These proposed changes incorporate modifications to existing policy resulting from previous changes to Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-295. The Bureau is also proposing to update and make modifications to existing policy language in certain areas. A Preamble, that is available for review at the link immediately below and also at, in the “Upcoming Events and Announcements” Section and in the “Services for Children” Section provides an overview of the proposed changes to each Section.

Comments may be submitted in person or through teleconference at the public hearing, or may be submitted at any time during this public comment period via email to:;  mailed to Brian Sigman, Bureau of  Education and Services for the Blind, 184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT, 06095, or recorded onto voice mail at (860) 602-4008. To participate in the public hearing through teleconference, please call (860) 602-4008 at least one business day prior to the public hearing to obtain the call-in phone number and access code. All comments received prior to the close of business on Monday, April 17, 2017 will be fully considered.

Children’s Services Policy Manual Draft Revision Preamble 2017

 Children’s Services Policy Manual Draft Revision 2017