December eNews
Donor Spotlight
For this month's Donor Spotlight, we had the pleasure of speaking with Gary Ahr.  He and his wife, Sara, are community activists and volunteers who are involved in many organizations in North Texas. Through their philanthropic work, they are creating positive change for social organizations, including First3Years, by providing strategic problem solving for a number of social issues in our community.
We are so grateful to have Sara and Gary as our 2018 Fall Matching Donor and are thankful for their support. Read on to find out more about Sara and Gary Ahr!
What attracted you to the organization/Why did you get involved?
I first learned about First3Years through the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas' social innovation program, the GroundFloor, where I serve on the committee. I was immediately impressed with the mission.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
The work that First3Years is doing to influence systematic policy change across the state of Texas, in my opinion, is so incredibly important. We have got to invest in our children's futures and that begins at birth, right at the start.
How does First3Years uniquely contribute to the community?
The approach that First3Years has on the foster care system is extremely unique. The idea to redesign the processes and protocols of this system by centering it around the [developmental] needs of infants and toddlers can create lasting change.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?
My hope for the organization is for continued growth, and success in creating policy change at the state level to help support young children in the foster care system.
Do you have an anecdote about this organization that really moved you? Or is there anything else you would like to share?
To watch Sadie so confidently and passionately speak about First3Years to a packed house during the GroundFloor's OneUp the Pitch, at the Bomb Factory, was moving.  
Baby Day
Will you be joining us on Baby Day?

We are so excited to be teaming up with some amazing partners on Baby Day to host a day of fun filled activities in cities all across Texas! 

Thanks to our partners, the  Children's Museum  (Houston), the  Perot Museum  (Dallas), the  Thinkery  (Austin), and the  BRIT  (Ft. Worth). Stay tuned for more details in San Antonio! 

Click  HERE  to find out more information about an event nearest you! 
We invite you to join us on February 8, 2019 as we hold Baby Day, the first ever statewide celebration of the first three years, a day acknowledging and celebrating this incredible period of growth in infants and toddlers. 

There are many ways to get involved with Baby Day, contact   Natalie Fellows   to learn more! 

Help Us Reach Our Goal!
We are so close to reaching our EOY goal!
With only 16 days left of 2018, we are only $1,000 away from reaching our year end goal. 

In the spirit of the holiday season, we ask that you consider helping us reach our goal by making a fast, easy and secure donation today!  

You can help us make a difference in the lives of infants and toddlers across the state of Texas. 
Fill The Think Tank
Seeking Fill The Think Tank Scholars 

Want a chance to receive a free membership & free conference admissions? 
Thanks to our wonderful donors to the "Fill the Think Tank Scholarship Fund" there will be multiple opportunities for professionals like you to apply to be a beneficiary of their generosity. We will be accepting a pplications January 2nd - January 16th.

We will announce the available scholarships on January 2nd and make the application available then! 
Upcoming Trainings

December Webinar 
Literacy in Early Childhood
Early language, reading and writing development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child's earliest experiences with books and stories. Join us this month as we develop an understanding of the components necessary to promote early  childhood literacy.


Quarterly Webinar Series
January, February, and March
Topic: Trauma and Early Brain Development | Strategies to Support Resilience 
Trauma - Early Childhood Practitioners need a strong foundation of understanding trauma and the impact on communities and families. The young brain is developing at a rapid pace with 85% of foundational development complete by age 5. When children experience trauma during the early years it can leave a lifelong impact on the child's overall health and wellbeing. Practitioners who understand the prevalence and impact of trauma can target interventions to meet the needs of children and families to build resilience and strengthen the child's development and family functioning overall.


Q1 Competencies:
Relationship-based practice, Family-centered practice, Family relationships/dynamics, Attachment/Separation and loss, Relationship-based therapeutic practice, Service Delivery Systems, Screening & Assessment, Responding with Empathy, Advocacy, Treatment planning, Supportive Counseling, Exercising Sound Judgment, Maintaining perspective, Emotional Response, Study of Families, Study of Relationships and Attachment

We're Hiring!

First3Years is hiring! We are seeking qualified candidates to fill our North Texas Regional Director, Project Coordinator and  Professional Development Coordinator roles! Click here for more information!

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