April eNews

OneUp the Pitch is this Thursday, April 12th! 

Have you purchased your tickets yet? 
Tickets are only $50 and there are limited quantities left! 

Join us as we cheer on our very own Sadie Funk as she delivers a 3-minute pitch to a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  During the competition, you'll have the chance to vote for First3Years' Safe Babies program and increase our chances of winning $100,000 to bolster the work we're doing in the community. We will be competing against four other social-good organizations and would really appreciate your support!

Be sure to purchase yours here today! 

Thank you to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the GroundFloor for their support!

Austin Regional Conference
Mental Health Consultation:
A Best Practice in Early Childhood Services

May 11, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commons Learning Center | 
10100 Burnet Rd., Bldg 137, Austin, 78758

T his year's Regional Conference will focus on Mental Health Consultation and the impact on children, families and communities. Join us for this very important, day long conference to learn about strategies and systems to support our youngest Texans. 

The Conference will feature Keynote Speaker - Allison Boothe Trigg, Ph.D.; Panel Discussions with State Agency Staff - Jeannie Young, Jacquie Porter and Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer; and Closing from Libby Doggett.  

Participants will earn 5 CEUs and lunch will be provided!

April Webinar Series
I nfant Feeding Practices, Brain Development and the Capacity to Learn

April 16th | 12:00 PM
April 19th | 2:00 PM
**April 25th | 1:00 PM

Join us this month as we discuss the connection between infant nutrition and brain development. We will discuss how the rapidly developing brain of infants is more vulnerable to nutrient insufficiency yet also demonstrates significant plasticity.

CEUs Provided | FREE for members

**EXPERT SESSION:  Tom Brenna, BS, MS, PhD

Remembering Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

As many of you may know, on March 13, 2018 our community lost a dear friend, a fierce infant advocate and a esteemed colleague, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. Through his six decades of practice,  Dr. Brazelton changed the way the world thinks about babies and young children. He leaves behind an astounding legacy. 

Alongside The Brazelton Touchpoint Center's "Honoring Dr. T. Berry Brazleton: A Symposium and a Celebration" taking place in Boston on April 23rd, we encourage you to join us in celebration and honor of Dr. Brazelton's work. 

There are many ways to do so, some ideas to consider:
  •  Plan a staff meeting to discuss and reflect on
  • Plan a "brown bag lunch" with colleagues to reflect on his contributions to our understanding about what the baby brings to the relationship
  • Plan a webinar or half day workshop, e.g. "What about the baby?"
  • Read, discuss, and reflect on excerpts of Touchpoints Birth to Three (or another one of his 30+ books!)
  • Read, discuss, and reflect on one of the many columns from Families Today, formerly syndicated by the New York Times, co-authored by T. Berry Brazelton, MD and Joshua Sparrow, MD. 
  • Watch videos of Touchpoints and Neonatal Assessment (here and here
  • Read, discuss, and reflect on the "Top 12 Quotes from T. Berry Brazelton"
Raising of Fort Worth
In collaboration with The Miles Foundation, on March 20th we co-hosted our first of three 2018 Raising of Fort Worth event series! 

The 2018 series is featuring nationally renowned speakers and local business leaders to explore the critical connections between early childhood and a strong workforce - supporting the Mayor, the Fort Worth Chamber, and the broader community in our collective work to build Strong Beginnings for a Brighter Future.

The March 20th event panel included:
  • Alice Carter, PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • Todd Ritterbusch, MBA, JPMorgan Chase
  • Prachi Shah, MD, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Amber Scanlan, MBA, PNC
  • Angela Tomlin, PhD, Indiana University
  • Todd Landry, MBA, CEO of Lena Pope and Chair of Early Learning Alliance (Moderator)

The goal of these event series is to bring together the community and its diverse networks to support quality early development and education opportunities for every child in Fort Worth.

Be sure to save the date for the remaining two series: 
June 28th and October 18th.  

To learn more about Raising of Fort Worth click here!

April Awareness
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 
Did you know that there are over 63,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in Texas each year? The trauma affects survivors for the rest of their lives and creates a cycle that can harm generations to come.  But for the first time in 3 years, child abuse related deaths in our state are on the decline, thanks to prevention programs like those funded by United Way.  And with help from grownups like you, we can protect the smallest, most defenseless members of our community. Please consider joining the United Way's #DearGrownups campaign  and make Child Abuse Prevention Month really mean something this year. After all, if we grownups don't do it, who will?

April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. T he puzzle ribbon was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness, and reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope that through increased awareness of autism, early intervention, and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms.how your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon - as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture - and educate folks on the potential of people with autism.  -The Autism Awareness Society

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