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January eNews

Baby Day

FEBRUARY 7 - 13, 2021


Baby Day 2021 will be a week-long bonding and delight experience offering live streamed and on-demand activities & resources for caregivers and very young children. Join us Sunday, February 7th through Saturday, February 13th for activities like infant yoga, music classes, dance classes, curated art activities, mindfulness & breathing exercises, storytime, sensory play, tummy time, and MORE! 

Each registrant will be provided an educational package which will include items like an egg shaker, a book, art supplies, and more. 
Register by January 22nd to receive your educational package!

2021 Build Up! Pre-Conference Workshop
The Brain Architecture Game Facilitated by First3Years Staff
March 1st | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop is capped at 50 attendees
This presentation will feature an interactive presentation of the brain architecture game, a small-group, virtual 'tabletop' experience where attendees will engage in constructing a brain to understand the powerful role of early experiences on brain development. This activity will provide attendees with an understanding that early experiences shape the structure of our brains - for better or worse. A facilitated discussion will aid in interaction as players carefully design models depicting the science of early brain development.

Member: $10
Non-Member: $15
Student: $5*
*To receive student discount code email info@first3yearstx.org

Earn 2 CEUS 
2021 Build Up! Conference
Build Up! Conference: Focus on the Fundamentals
 March 2nd & March 3rd
In March of 2021, the Build Up! Conference will be held virtually over 3 days. The opening keynote will be jointly presented by the co-creators of the "Simple Interactions" approach - Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Dr. Dana Winters, faculty director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. Dr. Li and Winters will present on a strengths-based perspective as they dive into how providers are essential in creating "deep and simple" interactions and how interpersonal relationships are key to promoting resilience, and supporting families in difficult times, even across distances. They will also focus on how relationships and interactions impact all aspects of our Early Childhood Education system work. Additionally, they will host an interactive workshop to support the creation of a common language and understanding of "simple" and developmental interactions that links knowledge to practice.
The closing keynote will be presented by Dr. Yvonne Ator, Certified Daring Way Facilitator Coach, Facilitator, and Advocate Founder, Thriving Idealist. Dr. Ator will present a lecture with additional Q&A time; her presentation will explore Rumbling with Vulnerability - How to Answer Your Call to Courage. Attendees will discuss and learn skills such as the myths of vulnerability and how to dispel them, how to rumble with hard conversations, how to enter the cave we fear, how shame shows up at work, the components of courage, the armor that keeps us from being seen at work, and how empathy and self-compassion help us enter the arena where we desire to show up and be seen and lead.
Member: $40
Non-Member: $65
Bundle (Membership + Entry): $90
*To receive student discount code email info@first3yearstx.org
Earn 5 CEUs

January Webinars
Challenging Behaviors and Positive Relationships
Presented by Matthew Willoughby
More often than not, very young children who don't have language to express themselves can 'act out' to get our attention. During this state of collective grief, due to the pandemic, these behaviors have increase and in turn have increase our own stress. Matthew Willoughby will be talking about children who have challenging behaviors and what we, as adults/parents/caregivers, can do support them and minimize these reactions with positive relationships.

For more information, click HERE
New Online Courses Coming Soon!
Be on the look out for the launch of
40 new online courses being launched from January to June! 

Online Courses will be free to members!
Scholarship Applications Are Open
Through our Fill The Think Tank Scholarship Fund, we are excited to offer 39 professional development scholarship opportunities!

We will be awarding 26 Scholars (Includes: Membership), 10 Scholar Plus (Includes: Membership and 1 Conference Admission) and 3 Full Ride (Includes: Membership, 2 Conference Admissions, Endorsement, and a season pass to a training series in select areas).

To be considered for one of these opportunities, please fill out this form.

Applications are due by January 22nd. Notifications will be made on February 1st.

*There are limited scholarships available and unfortunately we are unable to provide them to all that apply.*

Scholarships made possible by generous support of our donors, a list of donors can be found here: https://first3yearstx.org/fill-the-think-tank/

Endorsement Renewal Change

You will now submit your annual Endorsement renewal through the EASy system! Learn more HERE.
Bright By Text
As our community partner, we would like to remind you to submit requests to share information about local resources and events to Bright By Text families in Harris County: Bright By Text for Partners!
We also need your help getting the word out about Bright by Text to families in Harris County. Please also refer to our Bright By Text for Families/para Families page for sample language which you are welcome to adapt and share with your clients and community members. 
Career Opportunities
We are hiring!
First3Years is seeking qualified professionals to fill the following role: