June  eNews
Donor Spotlight
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jennifer Wizel, member of the  The Herman H. Fleishman Foundation , for this month's Donor Spotlight! 

The Herman H. Fleishman Foundation (HHFF) was established in 2013 by the head of the family, Herman H. (Henry) Fleishman, a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community leader. His goal is to encourage his nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews to become strategic and thoughtful donors, as they represent the Governing Council of the HHFF.  HHFF is committed to helping people reach their highest potential by investing in education to change lives and provide opportunity. 

We are very thankful for the support of  The Herman H. Fleishman Foundation. Read on to find out what inspired the involvement of HHFF!

What attracted you to the organization/Why did you get involved?
In 2013, my uncle endowed us with a generous amount of money and charged my generation of our family with coming together and deciding upon a cause that we wanted to support. We were starting at square one, trying to determine the areas where we could really help. Our family split into 4 or 5 social groups and debated the merits of what we wanted to support and what we thought would be effective transformational movements and came up with early childhood education. The past six years have been a learning experience for us. We started granting about five years ago. We spent the first year and half just learning, getting to know the landscape in Texas and nationally and what work foundations or nonprofits were doing. The past two years we have learned and had our own momentum move towards the zero to three space. Both because of what we have learned with brain science and because there are so few federal and national grant dollars going to that space, we thought it was a place where we would want to be - where we would have a real impact. We learned about First3Years before it was First3Years, when it was TAIMH, about five years ago. At the time, we didn't have any family members based in Dallas and it didn't really resonate - we were thinking more towards Pre-K and were also looking more into Houston based organizations. Over time, our own momentum and direction moved internally, and First3Years landed back on our radar. Once we met with Sadie and found her passion so inspiring and the work that yall do so imperative we were so happy to join your efforts.
How does First3Years uniquely contribute to the community?
We have seen several examples of your work, through your webinars and trainings, and we have met several times with Sadie and have learned about the work that yall are doing, what is most recent on your radar and your goals for future work. One of those conversations was about trauma and the support of childcare workers who are helping kids with trauma. That seems to be something we keep hearing over and over again - how destructive trauma is and that there is lot that we can do to intervene. That if we don't intervene it exacerbates the problems for children living in poverty and in at-risk communities. It really magnifies it. There has been a lot of synchronicity with issues we want to know more about and support and the work that only First3Years is doing.
Our foundation does periodic learning days - sometimes it is a site-visit, some days it is having someone come in a share a different perspective or teach us about something that we are particularly interested in in that moment. Our last experience was meeting at the House of Tiny Treasures where Sadie brought in a few people from the Harris Center (for Mental Health and IDD) and we felt like it was so valuable. It is such a necessary gift. We are delighted to push forward what yall are doing, we feel like your work is very unique in the city.
What do you hope the organization will achieve in the near future? In the long term?
We hope you keep momentum going and pushing forward the agenda for zero to three. It is so hard to get funding for this space (from legislature) and zero to three is where it's at. It would be such a disservice for people to overlook that. We hope that you all continue to grow and continue to scale the work that you all are doing and continue to keep zero to three the focus for our comm unity and the larger community.

Annual Report
First3Years is excited to present our  2018 Annual Report . As mentioned (in the Annual Report), 2018 marked another record year of growth for our organization and we couldn't have done it without such strong support from each of you! Thank you for your continued support of First3Years. We are looking forward to our continued partnerships with you in 2019 and making it another year of success! 

To view previous Annual Reports click  HERE!

Save the Date!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mark your calendars and join us on 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 for Baby Day! 

Stay tuned for more details and be sure to visit us at  https://babyday.us/ and follow us on Facebook @USBabyDay!

Are you interested in learning more about Baby Day? Contact Natalie Fellows .

Fill The Think Tank 

Read what our Scholars had to say about our Fill The Think Tank Scholarship Program

"Thank you so much for making this scholarship available. I am aware of the importance of continued professional development. The accessibility to webinars and Food For Thought provided by this scholarship saves time as well as money. I make every effort to take full advantage of this scholarship because I do view it as a gift not to be taken for granted."

"My work with families and young children has been energized through these training opportunities. It's wonderful to network with others with similar passion for children and families."

Be on the look out for more information about our Fill The Think Tank search for scholars and donors in August! 

Seeking a Match!
Our efficiency maximizes your gift's impact: 

89 cents of every dollar contributed to First3Years directly impacts critical programming that promotes positive lifetime outcomes for infants and toddlers in Texas.

Become our Matching Donor and help us leverage even better outcomes for infants and toddlers.  Contact  Ashley Borthick  to become a matching donor today!!
Texas Cross Site for Infants and Toddlers
 October 10 - 11, 2019
5229 Spring Valley Rd., Dallas, TX 75254

CEU's Offered: LPC, SW, CPE, ECI  - and - CLE's
The Texas Cross Site for Infants and Toddlers is meant to be an opportunity for stakeholders to share what is and is not working within their com munities and come up with new solutions together. The state-wide summit will provide the opportunity for communities to pool resources around professional development, evaluation, and best practices.  Recognizing that many counties across the state have developed a specialized approach in addressing the unique needs of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system and many more are interested to do so, we're  hosting a two-day cross-site learning convening. who. Such vast interest in this area creates a valuable opportunity to build a learning community across counties in Texas that can not only learn from one another but with one another.
Who should attend?
Judges Overseeing CPS Cases
Child Protective Services Staff
Child Placement Agencies
Lawyers Involved With The Child Welfare System
Early Childhood Intervention
Service Providers in Child Welfare
October 10th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Registration, Lunch and Networking
12:00 pm -5:30 pm | Day 1
October 11th 
8:00 am - 9:00 am | Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am - 2:00 pm | Day 2 (Lunch Included)

The Texas Cross Site Learning Retreat was made possible by 

Upcoming Trainings

June Webinar Series
Relational Health Between Caregiver and Infant
June 17 |  1:00 PM
 June 19 |  1:00 PM
EXPERT SESSION: June 26 | 11:00 AM


July Webinar Series
Maternal Depression, Anxiety and Stress (Impact on Children)
July 16 |  12:00 PM
 July 19 |  1:00 PM


Houston Food For Thought
Professional Networking Event
July 24 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
A 2nd Cup | 1111 E 11th St., Houston, TX 77009

We're Hiring!
First3Years is hiring! 
We are seeking qualified candidates to fill our Safe Babies Director, Development Director and Community Systems Project Manager roles! 

Click  HERE  for more information.
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