Secondary Transition and our SiMR

First, if you don’t know what our SiMR is, click here then come back.

This article about secondary transition is nicely aligned with what want for our families in Birth to Three.

“The most powerful force in changing transition outcomes for young people with significant disabilities is not ultimately found in the transition plans we craft, the educational services we offer, the instruction we provide, or the systems we build, but rather in the expectations and aspirations individual parents hold for their sons and daughters.”




greatjobIn recognition of LEARN and their recent support of a family that found themselves in  a very challenging situation.  According to their program director, a member of the team was able to use the family eco-map and resource-based coaching to help the family develop a plan and tap into their resources at a critical time of need.  This team has been participating in Birth to Three trainings on coaching practices that increase the family’s confidence and competence in meeting their child’s and family’s needs.  Birth to Three providers from all programs support families like this each and every day.  Thank you for your work with families!

Fragile X Conference SOON

Targeting Social Skills and Behavioral Strategies for School, Work and Fun

Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Connecticut Health Center Farmington, Connecticut

Featuring Internationally Renowned Fragile X and Autism Spectrum Disorder Experts Jennifer Epstein, PsyD Licensed Clinical Psychologist Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD Yale Child Study Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD Boston Children’s Hospital

$60 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and a conference binder. CEU credit & Attendance Certificate available on request.

Online Registration or    and search for “Fragile X”

Register by October 29, 2016
In lieu of Online Registration, pay by Check, made payable to “NFXF” and mail to Tammy and Andy Selinger at the address below

Birth to Three Unsung Hero

Many of you may have read or heard about the Office of the Child Advocate’s recent report on Baby Dylan. Dylan was 13 months when he was removed from his biological parents by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and put in a relative placement with a cousin of his mother. In this placement, Dylan was badly abused and neglected, resulting in broken bones, malnourishment and near death. What you may not be aware of is that Birth to Three was involved in this case. A social worker with one of our programs made nine separate reports to the caseworker and DCF about her concerns for Dylan.  Her tenacity and refusal to give up on this baby make her the unsung hero of this very sad story. Please, remember: we are all mandated reporters. It is not up to us to investigate abuse and neglect only to report our suspicions. Document every time you contact DCF or make a referral to the Careline. Call me, if you feel your concerns are not being heard. Together we can make sure that the children we work with our protected and safe.

SSIP Evaluation Update

FY16 (July 15-June 2016) was last year.  Now we are in FY17 and we are reporting to OSEP about what we did in FY16 ……but to them it’s FY15.

Sometimes we use FFY 15/ SFY 16 just to be clear because even though the Federal FY and State FY look different, it’s the same year.

So what does this have to do with the SPP /APR and SSIP?   Well, we are looking at how to summarize what we did during FFY15/SFY16 to reach our State-identified Measureable Result or SiMR.   The SiMR is here.

On page 52 of this PDF (Phase I and II of the SSIP report) you’ll see the logic model which then leads directly to the evaluation plan for the SSIP.

Over the next few months the leaders for Education and Outreach (Aileen), Professional Development (Deb) and Fiscal Enhancements (Alice) will be reaching out to their implementation teams in order collect and analyze data about how we have made progress toward and/or met our short-term and long-term objectives.

We will provide regular updates here so you can follow along at home!  We also will use this analysis to determine whether we need to modify our SSIP.

Your input is critical!

If we plan to revise the SSIP we will have to describe to OSEP how stakeholders were included in the decision-making process and provide evaluation data to support our reasons.


Join in Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Baby IDEA


This October marks the 30th Anniversary of the passage of Public Law 99-457, which established Part C and mandated Part B, Section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As key partners in improving results and upholding the rights of infants, toddlers, and preschool children requiring early intervention and special education services, OSEP invites you to join in celebrating this important occasion!

Throughout the week of October 3-7, 2016, OSEP will run a campaign showcasing many perspectives from the field, including researchers, families, practitioners, and even individuals who participated in early childhood services through Part C and Part B, Section 619 Preschool. The week will culminate in a Google Hangout to discuss how the law has impacted the field, on Friday, October 7th. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event.

So, what can you do?

  • Share your story, and the stories of your stakeholders! Blog, Facebook post, Instagram, and share. Encourage your stakeholders to share how early childhood provisions in IDEA have affected their lives—and encourage them to use whatever platform they like! Don’t forget to tag the post using the #babyIDEAis30 hashtag.
  • Follow Us! Follow OSERS on Twitter, and check out our Blog and YouTube channel throughout the week for new stories, interesting perspectives, and opportunities to discuss and share! The Department of Education is also on Instagram (@usedgov) and Facebook — don’t forget to tag us!
  • Upload Videos! We want to hear and see you! OSEP will release videos throughout the week of October 3-7th that shine a light on all that’s been accomplished through IDEA services, and what’s yet to come for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities. We want your insights—tag us or use the #babyIDEAis30 hashtag to connect your video with all of us.
  • Tweet, retweet and tweet some more! Show your support on Twitter throughout the week. Sample tweets:
    • “30 years of early intervention and preschool special education for kids with disabilities– Let’s continue to #teachthebabies! #babyIDEAis30”
    • “30 years of improving outcomes for ALL children, at ALL ages. #babyIDEAis30 @ED_Sped_Rehab”
    • “Investing in early learning—for children of ANY ABILITY— is investing in our future. #babyIDEAis30 @ED_Sped_Rehab”
    • “Early Intervention leads to improved developmental outcomes. #babyIDEAis30”
    • “________, what Part C means to me #babyIDEAis30”
    • “________, what 619 Preschool means to me #preK #babyIDEAis30 @ED_Sped_Rehab”
  • Hold an event! 30 years is quite a lot to celebrate, and let’s not forget about all the work that led to the passage of PL 99-457! This Anniversary is a great opportunity to bring passionate and dedicated folks together to discuss the past, present, and future of early learning and children with disabilities. Let us know what you’re doing to celebrate, and we’ll be happy to help promote!
  • Finally, join us on Friday, October 7th for our Early Childhood IDEA Google Hangout! Visit our Website for more details once they become available.

Please contact Charlotte Stein at with questions and ideas.


Ruth E. Ryder
Acting Director
Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

It’s Flu Season – CDC update and guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance for the 2016 flu season. This season’s vaccines have been updated to better match more recently circulating influenza viruses.

CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive an influenza vaccine every year, by the end of October if possible. However, CDC continues to recommend that influenza vaccination efforts continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating in the community. Significant seasonal influenza virus activity can continue into May, so vaccination later in the season can still provide benefit during most seasons.

One big change for the 2016-2017 season is that only injectable influenza vaccines are recommended for use. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (also known as the nasal spray) is not recommended for use during 2016-2017 because of concerns about effectiveness.

Rave Reviews for the Provider Support Team and Birth to Three Providers!

0-3practicessmall  National experts, Dathan Rush and M’Lisa Shelden, have applauded the strides Connecticut has made in increasing knowledge and implementation of best practice in Early Intervention.

Rush and Shelden have been providing annual training and technical assistance to support Connecticut’s Activity-based teaming practices. The Birth to Three Provider Support Team has been providing training and technical assistance to enhance their work.  Some of Dathan and M’Lisa’s comments on what they are seeing:

  • “It’s clear that you have been doing A LOT of work to move practices forward in CT”
  • “It’s the first time EVER on the first call that all team members hit + on all three characteristics of NLEP (Natural Learning Environment Practices)!”
  • “Wow…they are literally changing families’ lives with their coaching.  They are seeing the “big picture” perspective of what capacity building can do!”

Kudos to all that are working so hard to support best practices for families in Birth to Three in Connecticut!