We educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families.

October eNews

Introducing our new Team Members
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest team members!

Claudia Alexander | Accounting Manager
Claudia Alexander serves as Accounting Manager. She has worked in diverse non-profit roles in the Dallas area for over 25 years. After several years in executive positions, she accepted that her forte was in managing money rather than raising it. Since 2013, she has focused on helping small, local non-profits streamline their accounting and operations functions. In addition, Claudia is an educator, having regularly teaching Spanish and ESL for adults in higher education and corporate settings since 2001. She loves walking, hiking and travel, especially when it involves going to another country. Of course, in 2020, just leaving Dallas county is a thrill!

Christina Henriquez | Safe Babies Coordinator - Harris County
Christina Henriquez is the Safe Babies Coordinator in Harris County. Before joining First3Years, Christina worked in child centered intervention systems for abused children, served as an advocate within the juvenile and family courts, and community-based health initiatives. Christina also has experience working with teens and women in a therapeutic setting as well as assisted in the development of a early literacy program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and is currently pursing her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. Christina grew up in Alief and now lives in Katy. Christina says her biggest motivation for this work are her children.
In case you missed it
  • First3Years CEO, Sadie Funk, was named as one of Zero to Three's 2020-22 Fellows! Selected through a highly competitive process, the Fellows will engage in an intensive 18-month fellowship experience to strengthen and expand their leadership capacity to transform systems, policies, and programs in service to equitable access and outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families.
  • The 2020 Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award Conference, held September 17th, provided a wealth of knowledge and skills building to 146 professionals in the early childhood field on Trauma Informed Practices & COVID, the impacts of COVID and recovery efforts across Texas, and Racial Equity. Congratulations to Laura Kender, the 2020 IMH Advocacy Award recipient
  • Thanks to the generous donors who contributed to this year's North Texas Giving Day on September 17th, we exceeded our goal! Over 50 individuals from across the state contributed this #NTXGivingDay helping us raise $13,176! Thank you to our matching donors, Sara and Gary Ahr! 
  • On October 6th, we welcomed 19 teams out at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club for a beautiful day of golf during our 4th Annual Par-Tee for Babies Golf Tournament presented by Joe Funk Construction! Together, with the help of our generous sponsors and donors, we raised over $61,000 to support our work to create positive long-term outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their familiesCongratulations to The Warren Center team who took home 1st place!

Connections Corner
November 19 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Advocating for Parents and Children in the Medical Sector
When you have a concern about your child's health or how your little one is growing and learning, the first person you may turn to is your doctor. Seeking medical advice is important in the care of your child, especially if your child has a disability. There may be many specialists involved in the care of a child with complex medical needs. In order to be a strong advocate for your child, it's important for you to learn how to make your concerns heard and understood.


Austin Chapter Food For Thought
Supporting Children & Families During COVID-19

Apoyando a la infancia y a las familias durante COVID-19

November Webinar Series
Families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

December Webinar Series
Ethics and the Early Childhood Professional

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: