June eNews

Baby Dash

Have you registered for Baby Dash yet?
Join us on June 27th or 28th for  Baby Dash, a virtual race 
taking place anytime and anywhere. 

Race options include a 5K walk/run, a 10K walk/run, a 1/2 marathon, a 20K bike ride, or a 40K bike ride. Each registrant will receive an official Baby Dash moisture wicking tee or cotton tank AND a finishers medal! 

Would you prefer to join us for Baby Dash from the comfort of your couch? 
Register for our "Couch Potato" option and still receive our fabulous swag - no walking, running, or biking necessary!

To learn more or to register, click HERE.

Connections Corner
Announcing a new Connections Corner!
These member only events will allow for open discussion and deep engagement on special early childhood topics. Events will be hosted via Zoom twice a month and will be limited to 30 participants to allow for effective communication and interaction. We are excited that these sessions will create communities of learning with candid questions and sharing of real-life experiences.

June 19 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Finding the Hope: Embracing Diversity in Early Learning
Showing children that we see and value all aspects of them, including attributes related to race and culture is a critical step in helping them feel welcome and connected to their peers and to their community. However, if you're a parent/caregiver who aspires to raise children with a deep capacity for inclusion, talking about other people's differences with children can be extremely awkward. As a result, many choose to avoid having the conversation which not only leaves your children unprepared, but also leaves an imprint on children that talking about diversity is off limits even into adulthood.

June 25 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Daddy's Home - The Value of Fathers in The Lives of Children 
Early childhood professionals will engage in an interactive dialogue geared towards understanding the complexities of supporting and reaching fathers. We will explore research that highlights what has been discovered to be effective in changing practice to fully engage fathers in Family and Children services.
Bright By Text

We are excited to announce that we've partnered with Bright By Text for Harris County to provide free activities, games, and local resources to expecting parents and caregivers of children between the age of 0-8 right to their cell phones.  As our community partner, we invite you to submit requests to share information about local resources and events to Bright By Text families in Harris County. Start submitting information today through our  Bright By Text for Providers page!
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. You can also follow @First3Years, @USBabyDay and @BabiesinBaytown on Facebook to repost our Bright By Text announcement with your networks.
Target Circle

Have you voted for us through Target Circle?
If not, there's still time! See how you can help direct Target's giving to benefit our organization and the community.  https://circle.target.com/
Safe Babies Trainings

We are pleased to offer two new webinar trainings this summer! 

Brain Development: Attachment & Bonding with Tasha Muhammad, LPC, IMH-E, Play Therapist

Tasha is the PD Coordinator at First3Years, before joining our team, Tasha served as an Infant Mental Health Specialist with MHMR Tarrant County, where she provided developmental assessments, practical routine based strategies, and psychoeducation for parents with children with developmental delays. In this session, she will focus on early brain development including infant mental health, recognize and support the emotional well-being of infants and toddlers, and know how to relate how early experiences impact brain development.
Earn 1.5 CEUs
Our Words Matter: Using Trauma-Informed/IMH Language with Families with Amy L. Huffer, PhD, LCSW, IMH-E (IV-C)

Emerging from the fog of COVID-19, it is important to formulate a response that is trauma-informed and grounded in infant mental health principles. This response will be what helps our families stand back up, create a new normal, and build resiliency. Safe Babies Court Teams around the country are in a unique position to wrap around families in this response. In order for this response to be intentional, coordinated, and integrated, it is imperative that we create a common language around the impact of trauma on infants, toddlers, and their families. This webinar will unpack how families, including the youngest and most vulnerable in those families, might be reacting from this collective experience. Additionally, we will review the protective factors that are known to lead to better outcomes for children and families.

Earn 1.5 CEUs

Upcoming Trainings

June Webinar Series
FREE Online Courses

We've extended access to our Online Educational Courses!

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. 
Endorsement Support

Do you have questions about Endorsement? 
You are invited to join First3Years for a virtual support call for those in Texas!
Join us via Zoom as we talk about the different categories of Endorsement, steps to the Endorsement process, and even use a practice application to show what it is like. Please bring any questions you have and get some support no matter where you are in the process!
June 18 | 10:00 AM CST
Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/491966641
Or Dial:  + 1 (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID:  491 966 641# 

Career Opportunities
We are hiring!
First3Years is seeking qualified professionals to fill the following roles:

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