Free Webinars on Play, Relationships, and Supporting Positive Behaviors – Early Childhood Education

The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is pleased to announce several webinars designed to support new staff or interns with some basics about child development, including the importance of play, relationships, and supporting positive behaviors.  These sessions are offered by the Erikson Institute, in conjunction with their Town Square project.  There will be three different sessions offered, each with two opportunities to participate in a live webinar and an opportunity to access a self-paced session. 

This is a great opportunity for programs bringing on new staff or bringing in high school or college interns for the summer!  Note that these webinars do not count toward the required Care 4 Kids Health and Safety Orientation Training.  Those attending the live sessions will receive email confirmation of participation that could count toward the licensing requirement for professional development.   

Registration information is included on the flyer.   

SPARKLER

If your district has not yet posted information about the Sparker app on your website we strongly encourage you to do so. Information about what to post and links to Sparkler resources can be found at  https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Early-Childhood-Special-Education/Related-Resources  under the Sparkler heading. 

If you are encouraging the use of the Sparkler app as part of your LEAs child find activities the following message from the folks at Sparkler will tell you more about how the LEA can utilize information from this free app. 

From the folks at Sparkler:

We are reaching out to share a brand new training video we created to help you learn more about how to use Sparkler’s web-based dashboard to access data and engage with the families you serve. It’s a short webinar (less than 20 minutes), which will give you and your colleagues tips on how program administrators can:

  • Monitor family engagement and screening results
  • Download family-friendly screening reports
  • Download CSV files to track and analyze data
  • Use Sparkler’s messaging system to send messages to individual families or to groups of families you serve

This is the first of our new series of training videos, which we hope will be a useful refresher to those of you who have been using Sparkler for a while as well as an introduction to those of you who are brand new to our community.

You can find this and other resources on our website at https://www.playsparkler.org/connecticut under the Information for Educators/Provider section.
 
Please look out for more emails from the Sparkler team with information about future training sessions and learning communities.

Please feel free to share this with members of your team who you think could benefit. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out
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UPDATE! ADDITIONAL SPACE OPENED! Upcoming Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD.

UPDATE: Due to an enthusiastic response for the ASD session described below, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck!

Here is the registration link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

ORIGINAL POST: Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education.

·       How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications?

·       Is an ASD diagnosis the most accurate diagnosis for some children?

·       How can we best support relationships as families embark on their child’s educational journey and in the community?

·       How can we support families and professionals to develop collaborative relationships as models of support changes

When: Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Early Intervention Over Three

As you may have heard, there has been an executive order that now allows parents of young children who turn 3 on or after May 1st to choose to have their child continue to receive early intervention services through Birth to Three until the beginning of the school year.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS SUMMER:

Although moving forward this option will be available for children with birthdays on or after May 1st, the executive order was not effective until this week.  As a result for this summer only, children who turn 3 on or after May 21st are eligible for early intervening services over three.

Please have all staff who are involved in the B23 to PreK special education transition process review the training video.

Also, access the supporting documents which are available at  https://www.birth23.org/providers/provider-resources/procedures/ (located under the heading  NEW!  Interim Exit-Transition (EIS Over 3), Overview Video, Flowchart). 

If there are any questions please email them to Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov .  All questions will be added to the FAQs which will be available soon on both the SDE and B23 website.

UPDATE! ADDITIONAL SPACE OPENED! Upcoming Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD.

June 8, 2021 from 12-1:30

UPDATE: Due to an enthusiastic response for the ASD session described below, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck!

Here is the registration link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

ORIGINAL POST: Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education.

·       How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications?

·       Is an ASD diagnosis the most accurate diagnosis for some children?

·       How can we best support relationships as families embark on their child’s educational journey and in the community?

·       How can we support families and professionals to develop collaborative relationships as models of support changes

When: Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Early Intervention Services Over Three – High Importance!

As you may have heard, there has been an executive order that allows young children with 3rd birthdays on or after May 1st  to continue to  receive early intervention services through Birth to Three until the beginning of the school year IF THEIR FAMILY CHOOSES. 

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS SUMMER:

Although moving forward this option will be available for children with birthdays on or after May 1st, the executive order was not effective until May 20, 2021.  As a result for this summer only, children with 3rd birthdays after May 20th are eligible for this option.

Please have all staff involved in the transitions from B23 to PreK special education review the Interim Exit Transition Procedures (EIS Over 3)   and three related forms (5.5) posted on the Birth to Three website.  If there are any questions please email them to Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov .  All questions will be added to the FAQs that will be posted soon.  Additionally, there will be an EI Over 3 training video that will be posted shortly.  A link to the video will be sent out as soon as it is available.

Please know that there has been no change to the LEA responsibility to offer FAPE at 3 and that this option is available only to children who are found eligible for IDEA Part B and have birthdays on or after May 1st (May 21 this year only). The family is able to make an informed choice when they have both an IFSP and the IEP to consider.  If a child meets the criteria for ESY the LEA must develop an IEP for ESY and the family may choose this option.  Neither Part B nor Part C should exert influence over the family’s choice but should provide all the information necessary for the parent to make an informed decision.  The Birth to Three provider, with parental permission, will provide the LEA with a copy of the completed EIS Over 3 Consent form.

Thank you for making sure that your staff is aware of this new option.