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Principal's Message

Dear Families, School Districts and EASTCONN Community Members –

We are proud to welcome you to EASTCONN’s Clinical Day Treatment schools. At our programs, we welcome students who need additional supports and interventions from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our students come to us from across northeastern Connecticut as they seek an educational experience that will meet their individual social, emotional, behavioral and academic needs. Our goal is to help students thrive in these areas by learning a variety of prosocial skills that will ultimately allow them to return to their sending districts or a less restrictive setting. At our Clinical Day Treatment schools, students engage in small, classroom-based, hands-on academic and social-skills groups. Students also have access to on-site clinical staff who are available to them throughout the school day to assist in the problem-solving process. Students who are of high school age participate in a wide variety of vocational experiences that help build functional life skills and job-readiness.

As a school community, our Clinical Day Treatment schools strive to meet student needs in a variety of ways. First, our schools use research-based interventions and practices that teach, model and reinforce positive behaviors in order to support positive learning environments and help students generalize those skills in all settings. Our schools also have a high staff-to-student ratio that allows students to receive the one-to-one and small-group instruction and support that they require to meet their educational needs. Additionally, each school has a highly skilled team of clinical staff who meet with students individually, collaborate with families and provide professional development for all building staff.
We look forward to meeting with you this school year and to sharing more about our highly successful and specialized schools!

Sincerely,
Gregory Biggs and Kurt Mias, LCSW

Gregg BiggsAbout Gregory Biggs

Greg joined the EASTCONN team in 2016 as the Principal of EASTCONN’s Educational and Vocational Center (EVC). Prior to his work at EVC, Greg was the Assistant Director of Education and Lead Teacher for 8 years at the day school at the Susan Wayne Center of Excellence, a residential and clinical day treatment program in Thompson, Connecticut. Greg was drawn to EASTCONN by the opportunity to work with diverse groups of students from across eastern Connecticut, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with professionals across a variety of academic, clinical and related-service settings. In his work at EVC, Greg applies the educational philosophy of EASTCONN’s Clinical Day Treatment programs, which holds that all students can learn and succeed with a personalized and tailored educational program that meets their current needs. Greg lives in eastern Connecticut with his wife and two children. They have a two-year old St. Bernard named Bock who goes everywhere with them. At 150 pounds, he’s an impressive travel companion. In Greg’s free time, he enjoys golf, board games and hiking with his family.

 

Kurt MiasAbout Kurt Mias

Kurt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Principal of Northeast Regional Program (NRP), which is located in Killingly, Connecticut. He joined the EASTCONN team in 2012 as a School Clinician at Northeast Regional Program. Prior to coming aboard, Kurt worked as a family therapist at a non-profit, community-based agency in Hartford, where he helped treat juveniles involved in the legal system, and their families. During his time at EASTCONN, Kurt has held a variety of roles, including School Clinician, Lead Clinician, Dean of Students and Principal. He is a PMT Coach, has a master’s in Social Work from Springfield College, an 092 Intermediate School Administrator Certification from Sacred Heart University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. Kurt’s approach to facilitating student and staff success is to build a school culture of empathy and compassion by understanding each person’s experience, and using research-based interventions with fidelity and consistency. Kurt lives in Rhode Island with his wife and son. He has a true love for distance running, bouldering and premier league soccer.

 

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Referral Process

  • Home/Sending district sends a referral packet to EASTCONN's Clinical Day Treatment Program
  • EASTCONN reviews the materials and schedules a student interview with the family
  • The interview is conducted at the CDT with the building principal and a member of our clinical staff
  • After the interview, our team makes a determination about acceptance into the program and notified the sending district of our decision
  • If all stakeholders are in agreement, a placement PPT is held to determine a start date.
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Clinical Day Treatment FAQs

Each classroom has no more than 7 students, with at least 3 staff.  We have a certified special education teacher who case manages all the students in their classroom, as well as a special education instructor and at least one instructional assistant.

Yes, our goal is always to consider the least restrictive environment (LRE) for each student.  If a student demonstrates their readiness to return to a least restrictive environment, EASTCONN will work in tandem with the sending district to develop a transition plan to ensure the successful return of the student.

At this time, given the nature of our programs and how many sending towns we accommodate, we are unable to hold after school-activities.  We do, however, have clubs built into our weekly schedule.  Students choose from a number of clubs that meet their interests.  In the past we have offered such clubs as fishing, baking, sports, knitting, arts and crafts, and music, to name a few. 

Monday through Thursday: 8am-2pm

Friday: 8-12pm

Transportation is set up between the sending district and the parents/guardians.

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Clinical Day Treatment FAQs

Each classroom has no more than 7 students, with at least 3 staff.  We have a certified special education teacher who case manages all the students in their classroom, as well as a special education instructor and at least one instructional assistant.

Yes, our goal is always to consider the least restrictive environment (LRE) for each student.  If a student demonstrates their readiness to return to a least restrictive environment, EASTCONN will work in tandem with the sending district to develop a transition plan to ensure the successful return of the student.

At this time, given the nature of our programs and how many sending towns we accommodate, we are unable to hold after school-activities.  We do, however, have clubs built into our weekly schedule.  Students choose from a number of clubs that meet their interests.  In the past we have offered such clubs as fishing, baking, sports, knitting, arts and crafts, and music, to name a few. 

Monday through Thursday: 8am-2pm

Friday: 8-12pm

Transportation is set up between the sending district and the parents/guardians.

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Lunch Menu

To download a PDF of the Lunch Menu click here

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Our Multidisciplinary Team

    Our team collaborates on a daily basis to develop and implement assessment-driven programming for students with diverse needs. We work together with districts and families to identify priorities for instruction and systematically implement programs across providers and settings to improve student outcomes. We have a variety of specialists and educators:
        • Special education teachers
        • Trained instructors and instructional assistants
        • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
        • Licensed psychologists
        • Consulting psychiatrist
        • Vocational coaches
        • Assistive technology (AT) specialists
        • Related service providers
        • Speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
        • Physical therapists (PTs)
        • Occupational therapists (OTs)
"Our son started at EASTCONN’s [Northeast Regional Program] in October of this year … The communication is terrific. We always know what's going on with our son and the program and feel comfortable asking questions. We used to worry daily about getting calls from the other school to pick him up or saying they called 211. At EASTCONN, they, as a team, are able to handle whatever comes up and that gives us peace of mind when we send him off every day." S.T., Northeast Regional Program Parent


To learn more about our program, please contact:

Amy Margelony
Amy Margelony
Director of Pupil Services
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860-377-7650
 

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Our Approach

Individualized Educational Programs

    • We offer standards-based, small-group and 1:1 instruction with progress monitoring aligned with goals/objectives delineated in students’ individualized education program (IEP).
    • Curriculum design and instruction incorporates project-based learning, integrated lessons and real-life applications. A variety of alternative teaching strategies and behavior management techniques are employed in the classroom to maximize student success.
    • Data-driven decision-making through intensive, on-going progress monitoring of techniques and strategies implemented across providers and settings.

Clinical/Behavioral Support Services

    • Multi-tiered school-wide positive behavior framework focused on proactive strategies and reinforcement to increase positive pro-social skills among all students.
    • Collaborate between clinicians and teachers to design safe, supportive environments for all the students. Development and implementation of individualized strategies that foster positive, pro-social behaviors in school and in the community. Opportunities to practice social skills with developmentally appropriate peers.

Vocational Services

Innovative community-based programming to support students in acquiring the necessary skills for competitive employment and post-secondary options.  Services include:

      • Assessment of skills and abilities.
      • Participation in small group/individualized instruction and community tours to local businesses.
      • Guest speakers sharing their trades, education and experiences.
      • Paid Internships for students 14 yrs and older.
      • Assistance with applying to post-secondary options including college/ vocational schools and/or planning for transition services.

Home-School Collaboration

  • On-going communication between school staff (teachers, clinicians, administrators) and families to maximize student success at school, at home and in the community.
  • Support for families interested in obtaining services from community-based agencies/individual providers.
  • Open houses, family nights, parent support groups, and parent-teacher conferences.

 

To learn more about our program, please contact:

Amy Margelony
Amy Margelony
Director of Pupil Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
860-377-7650
 

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Clinical Day Treatment

EASTCONN operates two clinical day treatment programs in Northeastern Connecticut: Northeast Regional Program (NRP) in Danielson and Educational and Vocational Center (EVC) in Columbia serving grades K-12.

Programs are designed for students who need a highly structured, supportive, therapeutic environment in order to achieve academic and behavioral success. The programs emphasize supporting students in acquiring the academic, social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to successfully return to their local public schools or a less restrictive environment, and combine individualized instruction with a multimodal approach and high-interest materials to maximize learning.

Members of our multidisciplinary team including psychologists and BCBAs are also available to consult with districts to assess program or district-wide needs, with the goal of building in-district capacity to develop and support student programs in their home schools/communities.

“ … I love EASTCONN and all of the staff and recommend this program to anyone who has a child who needs ‘a little extra something’ to get them through to mainstream school. EASTCONN is #1.”Guardian of Clinical Day Treatment student

To learn more about our program, please contact:

Amy Margelony
Amy Margelony
Director of Pupil Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
860-377-7650
 

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CDT Calendar

 

Click here for a PDF version of the school calendar

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