Bethanne Vergean

CDC Act Early Ambassador for CT

Bethanne has been working in the field of early childhood for 15 years and has worked as a Health/Nutrition Manager and Disability/ Behavioral Health Manager in center-based childcare (School Readiness), preschool ( Head Start), Home visiting and in collaborative preschool special education classrooms in Hartford. Bethanne attended Quinnipiac University and Saint Joseph’s University.

She has also provided professional development and technical assistance to staff and directors throughout Connecticut. Her areas of professional development interest include inclusion, autism, social and emotional curriculum, and medically fragile children. Bethanne also worked as part of several community outreach and mentor coaching grants within early childhood programs. She currently provides training and technical assistance for early childhood systems.

In March 2019 Bethanne was selected to be the Connecticut Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Act Early is a national campaign aiming to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. Created by the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and other federal partners, the campaign aims to educate parents, caregivers, and providers about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, while promoting developmental screening and intervention.

In August 2020 Bethanne was selected to be the Children’s Mental Health Champion for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In September 2020 Bethanne was chosen to coordinate the Learn the Signs Act Early COVID response for Connecticut to provide support to early childhood state/territorial programs and systems through the Act Early Network to support COVID-19 recovery and strengthen resilience skills, behaviors, and resources for children, families, and communities.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressCenter for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities | UConn Health
Office Location263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030 | MC 6222