EASTCONN has named longtime Connecticut early childhood educator Rebecca Breen as the agency’s new Birth-to-Three (B23) Program Coordinator.
“We’re very pleased to have Rebecca as our coordinator of Birth-to-Three,” said Diane Gozemba, EASTCONN’s Director of Early Childhood Initiatives. “Rebecca’s extensive experience is already strengthening the agency’s capacity to support families in our region, and more importantly, will strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental needs of their young children.”
Breen succeeds Maribeth Stearns, who retired from EASTCONN after 23 years.
An early childhood provider for the last 20 years, Breen began her career as a preschool special education teacher at Manchester’s Community Child Guidance Clinic School. She was the disabilities coordinator for the East Hartford Head Start program; a special education support in East Hartford’s School Readiness classrooms; special education teacher for private Connecticut Birth-to-Three programs; and, most recently, a home visitor, service coordinator and team leader for East Hartford’s Birth-to-Three program. Breen earned her bachelor’s, her Special Education certification and a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of St. Joseph.
“My career experiences have naturally led to this coordinator role,” Breen said. “As a special education teacher and a team leader, I have experienced home visits, evaluations and supported families with everyday life challenges, while also supporting my home-visiting colleagues. I can readily relate to both.”
Since Breen joined EASTCONN in August 2017, the agency’s Birth-to-Three program has grown from providing services to 60 families per month to 135 families per month. For the first time, the program is also providing intensive support for children on the autism spectrum. Breen manages a transdisciplinary team that includes developmental therapists, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other essential service providers.
“As I’ve learned more about the EASTCONN community and the services we offer, I’m excited about the opportunities our families can access through EASTCONN,” said Breen. “For example, our Birth-to-Three families may use both our Adult Education or Head Start programs. It’s great for our families to know that when they exit Birth-to-Three, there are still many support options waiting for them right here in the EASTCONN community.”
Contact Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 860-455-1557.