In This Issue | Spring 2019
In this edition of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center's quarterly newsletter, we highlight the Learning to Listen Webinar Series, introduce BTC's relaunched Learning Network, share updated resources for supporting family engagement in early childhood systems, and so much more!
Learning to Listen:
A Celebration of Dr. Brazelton's Enduring Legacy
Held this Spring, BTC's Learning to Listen Webinar Series explored the power of listening across differences to foster shared understanding so that our children and families, communities, and nation can thrive. Three luminaries in the field of early childhood development were joined by thousands who registered and gathered to hear them share their wisdom on listening and learning, building on the foundations laid by Dr. Brazelton’s research and teachings. 

In case you missed any of the webinars or want to watch them again, you can access them on our YouTube channel or by following the links below.
Alicia Lieberman, PhD
Learning to Listen to Fear: How to help young children heal from the unspeakable
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 Through her work and research as Director of the Child Trauma Research Project at San Francisco General Hospital, and the Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health at UCSF, Dr. Lieberman brought her expertise on childhood trauma and stress to a discussion on the ways we can listen to hear young children tell us, in the ways that they can, that they need our help.
Junlei Li, PhD
Listen with More than Our Ears: Helping children through simple, ordinary interactions
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

 As the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and former Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, Dr. Li discussed the “Simple Interactions” approach he developed, which allows us to see, talk about, and support human interactions between adults and children across developmental contexts.
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
The Earliest Conversations: How babies learn language with the people who love them
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

As a New York Times Best Selling author, internationally recognized expert on early language development and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek zeroed in on the critical importance of conversational duets, and the role of the earliest conversations in building lifelong literacy.
Coming Fall 2019
Learning to Listen continues this September with an exciting lineup of conversations - stay tuned for more info this summer!
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
An award-winning author, teacher, and portraitist discussing the power of listening in playing witness and mirror to human experience.

Sherry Turkle
A leading thinker and critic of technology’s role in inter-personal relationships and human development, discussing surveillance capitalism and technology's impact on our society.

Celebrating Dr. T. Berry Brazelton on his Birthday
On May 10th, the worldwide Touchpoints community honored and remembered Dr. Brazelton on what would have been his 101st birthday.

Happy birthday, Dr. Brazelton!

With love, appreciation and thanks,

The Brazelton Touchpoints Community
The Learning to Listen Webinar Series is made possible in part by our generous sponsors, and our community of donors.
Earlier this year, the Touchpoints Site Network officially relaunched as the BTC Learning Network , a national and international learning community of programs, organizations, systems of care, and individual practitioners actively using the Touchpoints Approach in their family engagement practice. The Learning Network boasts nearly 70 site members – and counting! – across the country and around the world, linking them through Touchpoints as a universal language for supporting family and child development!
Organizations join the BTC Learning Network to:
  • Develop capacity for strengths-based family engagement
  • Promote effective practices for supporting strong relationships between and among parents, children, and providers
  • Build understanding of children’s behavior and its role in family engagement
  • Engage in on-going professional development, mentoring, and coaching for skills development and practice improvement
  • Cultivate and sustain professional cultures of positive family engagement
  • Generate and disseminate new knowledge that advances collaboration and bridges theory to practice
Through the Learning Network, members gain:
  • Know-how to define and manage meaningful family engagement in a variety of contexts specific to the families in their community
  • Ways to identify factors that impact child behaviors and influence the development process
  • Skills that support impactful family engagement by providers
  • Strategies to support effective practice and continuous quality improvement of individual providers and organizations
  • And so much more!
Learn more about Learning Network membership and benefits today!
What is Touchpoints?
Brazelton Touchpoints is a strengths-based approach to family engagement that combines understanding of child development with communication skills and strategies that respect the importance of key caregiver relationships in a young child’s life.

Learn More

Learn more by visiting or contacting Autumn Strausbaugh at [email protected]
BTC Programs
Individual Level Trainings provide a practical, preventive approach that supports professionals in forming strength-based partnerships with families.
In the Touchpoints Parenting Program, providers learn how to facilitate parent groups using a practical, preventive curriculum designed to support positive parent-child relationships.
Family Connections provides an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development.   
Touchpoints Individual Level Trainings
July 17 - 19, 2019
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)
Albuquerque, New Mexico

December 2 - 4, 2019
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Touchpoints Parenting Program Trainings
July 22 - July 23, 2019
Early Childhood Learning Center
Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico

November 7 - 8, 2019
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Family Connections Trainings
October 17 - 18, 2019
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Boston, Massachusetts
CMEs offered for all Individual Level Trainings - earn yours with BTC today!
New Resources for Supporting Family Engagement in Early Childhood Systems
The National Center for Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE), housed at BTC, has led the development of a research-based framework for supporting and facilitating collaborative relationships between parents and early childhood systems, programs, and providers. Earlier this spring, the National Center released new resources for supporting the implementation of the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems including:
The full framework is available online in both English and Spanish .  
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