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July eNews

IMH Advocacy Award Conference
September 17, 2020 

First 100 Registrants will receive a pre-loaded USB with continued learning materials!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click HERE for more information. 

The 2020 Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award Conference will provide a wealth of knowledge and skills building to professionals in the early childhood field.

The morning keynote will be presented by Joshua Sparrow, MD, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, as he will discuss Conversation on Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Practices During and After COVID-19.

The afternoon session will host a variety of panelists to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 in early childhood and steps towards recovery across sectors. Panelists include: Nicole Allen, Child Care Contract Manager, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County; Ximena Antunez de Mayolo, Program Officer, Rainwater Charitable Foundation; Shalyn Bravens, Director of Family Connects and MIECHV, United Way for Greater Austin, & Tonyel Edwards, Program Officer, Houston Endowment.
The closing keynote, Ebonyse Mead, Ed.D., CFLE, President, Educational Equity Institute, will discuss Promoting Equity through Racial Healing.

Earn 5 CEUS

Book Orders: Dr. Brazelton and Dr. Sparrow books are available for purchase online! Order by August 11th to receive before the conference. To visit our book store, click HERE.

Interested in becoming a vendor?
Click HERE to complete our vendor form. Please return to  Ashley Borthick.

Announcing the 2020 IMH Advocacy Award Winner
We are excited to announce the winner of the 2020 T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award:
Laura Kender, Chief of Early Childhood Services with My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

In all aspects of her personal and professional life, Laura has gone beyond the call of duty  to advance infant mental health and support positive lifetime outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families. Laura's accomplishments include opening the first HealthySteps program in Texas, as well as the first Family Connects program in North Texas, a home visiting-nurse program for parents of newborns. As the Chief of Early Childhood Services, Laura spearheads a team that serves 14,000+ infants, toddlers, and young children (birth to age 6) annually. In her career, she has created the first-ever local Early Childhood Services Community Advisory Committee.

Early Relational Health Webinar Series
Join First3Years and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), in partnership with DFPS PEI & the Texas PN-3 Collaborative, for a 4-Part Webinar Series on Early Relational Health. Early Relational Health (ERH) describes the positive, stimulating, and nurturing early relationships that ensure the emotional security and connection that advance physical health and development, social well-being, and resilience. 

NOTE:  Space is Limited. This series will be recorded and made available on our website at no cost.


Missed Session 1? View the recording HERE.

July 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Panelists: Jennifer Rodriguez, Youth Law Center/Quality Parenting Imitative & Dr. Kate Rosenblum, University of Michigan

August 18 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Panelists: Junlei Li, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Janice Gruendel, Bridgeport Baby Bundle

September 8 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Panelists: Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention at DFPS & Andrea Payne, Prenatal to Five Advocacy Manager at TexProtects

Earn 1.5 CEUS

Our Partners:

Connections Corner
Announcing our July Connections Corner!

Early Relational Health Protective Factors: Culture, History, and Tradition 
Despite serious conditions, mental health issues and other adverse experiences within the context of community. Protective factors at the individual, relationship and community levels, such as the preservation of traditional language, practice and culture has provided the causal mechanisms needed to promote and enhance strong communities. We will explore those that are unique to different cultures and evaluate how these factors have helped to mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities.
Community Webinar Resources
Don't forget to keep checking our National Webinar Resource Page for up to date trainings on COVID-19, Early Childhood Development, Parent Education & Family Support, Nonprofit Management & Careers.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back weekly for new resources.
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. 
Upcoming Trainings

July Webinar Series
FREE Online Courses

Access to our Online Educational Courses has been extended!

We are proud to offer a variety of online courses covering a range of topics, all available for FREE until August 31st!  To access our recorded webinars on-demand, click  HERE .

Earn 1 Hour of Continuing Education (SW, LPC, CPE) per webinar. 
Career Opportunities
We are hiring!
First3Years is seeking qualified professionals to fill the following roles: