Early Childhood Special Education

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Connecticut 2-1-1 
2-1-1 Child Care is Connecticut’s statewide child care resource and referral agency. 2-1-1 Child Care provides free, confidential referrals to child care programs.

Connecticut Birth-to-Three Program 
Birth to Three supports families when they have concerns about their children's very young child’s (birth to age three) development.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) 
CPAC is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26. The Center is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures can bring.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) 
The ECTA Center supports state Part C and Section 619 programs in developing high-quality early intervention and preschool special education service systems, increasing local implementation of evidence-based practices, and enhancing outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.

Download Sparkler for free today to check in on the development your 0-5 year old's heart, mind, body, and words with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires and to find fun ways to learn through play together. 

  • Download: If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, download Sparkler from the Google Play Store. If you use an iPhone or iPad, download Sparkler from the Apple App Store.
  • Register: Open the app and tap “Create a New Account.” Enter 1-6-0-0 as your provider key. Pick Family/Familia in the “Group” drop-down menu. Answer the questions to create an account for yourself and a profile for your child. You must enter your child’s birthday correctly because Sparkler assigns screenings and other content based on your child’s age. You’ll be asked for a “provider key” to link you with your school/provider. Please skip this step for now!  
  • Questions? Please email your district or contact Sparkler

Special Education Resources and Links for Parents and Teachers 
Links to support organizations for families including general information, disability rights, information about specific medical conditions, assistive technology, ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and much more.

State Education Resource Center (SERC) 
SERC is a quasi-public agency established under statute to serve the CT State Board of Education in supporting educational equity and excellence. They do this by providing professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.

U.S. DOE-Office of Special Education Programs 
OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

Wrights Law
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Yellow Pages for Kids-CT 
Find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, Speech language therapists, advocates and attorneys.  You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.