October  eNews
Announcing the Houston Regional Council

The Houston Regional Council is an advisory body comprised of civic and business leaders from the greater Houston area. The Council provides strategic guidance to accelerate the impact of First3Years in Houston and the surrounding areas by helping to raise the public profile of First3Years and contributing their expertise to support the long-term goals of First3Years in the region.

Houston Regional Council Members
Lisa Cochran
Community Health Choice
Alicia Fortson, Esq., IMH-E (II)
Law Offices of A.G. Fortson
Maria Guzman
John Robinson
Houston Area Urban League
Brandon Stein
Christina Triantaphyllis
Rice University

Fill The Think Tank
Your support of our Fill the Think Scholarship Fund would be a real TREAT By helping us "Fill The Think Tank" you are ensuring that our "Scholars" have access to training opportunities and current research that offers the tools needed to provide high-quality care to children and families.


Thank to our matching donors, Sara and Gary Ahr! 

Baby Day

We are only FOUR months away from Baby Day!
Join us on February 15, 2020 as we celebrate Baby Day!
Baby Day is inspired by the understanding that everyday interactions and play, along with responsive, nurturing care can build healthy brains, and a strong start for all children. With this in mind, attendees will enjoy a variety of activities that promote bonding and delight including everything from Baby Yoga, Music Classes, Curated Art Activities, Dance Classes, Mindfulness and Breathing Exercises , Story Time, Sensory Play, and more!

We are excited to bring you Baby Day in over eight cities across the state! To register or to find out more about activities taking place in a city near you, visit:  babyday.us/special-events/ .

Partnership and sponsor opportunities  are still available . Contact Natalie Fellows for more information. 

Par-Tee for Babies
Funder Feature
"At The Warren Center, we believe that early brain development has a lasting impact on a child's ability to learn and succeed in life. A child's experiences in the first few years of life helps shape how their brain develops," said Pam Ruatta, Director of Programs at The Warren Center. "That's why we are committed to providing top-notch therapy services to help give them the best jumpstart on life."

Thank you to all those who participated in the 3rd Annual Par-Tee for Babies Golf Tournament! We welcomed 66 golfers this year who helped raise over $75,800!! Support of the Par-Tee for Babies Golf Tournament directly impacts First3Years' work to cultivate a state of change for children across Texas, from professional development, foster care, and policy impact. 

Stay tuned for announcements about Par-Tee For Babies 2020! 

2019 Fall Conference
Supporting Relational Health 
Building Stronger Communities
Monday, October 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Norris Conference Centers - Houston/Westchase 
Join us on Monday, October 21st in Houston for this year's Fall Conference as we discuss Relational Health and Infant & Toddlers. Understanding and managing stress is an essential part of healthy development and well-being. This presentation begins with an overview of the building blocks of the brain to highlight how social connections build brain connections. Dr. Chamberlain uses puppets and other visual aids to demonstrate how the brain and body respond to stress. Participants will learn how overwhelming and unaddressed stress interferes with co-regulation and promoting healthy relationships and communication between caregivers and children. Linda leads the audience in brain-body practices that can become part of a daily toolkit for children, youth and adults to build resilience, teach self-regulatory skills and promote well-being. The latest science supporting the effectiveness of breath work, relaxation response, rhythmic movement and other tools to shift the nervous system and calm the brain will be discussed. These practices are also being used to prevent compassion fatigue and promote vicarious resilience among service providers and caregivers exposed to the suffering of others.   

Click HERE to register today!

First3Years Members: $10 | Non-Members: $15
  5 CEUs | Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Tentative Agenda
7:30 AM | Registration
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM | First3Years Opening & Welcome
8:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Morning Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | Lunch & First3Years Presentation
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Afternoon Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | First3Years Closing Session

Upcoming Trainings

October Webinar Series
Reflective Practice in the Workplace
October 15 | 12:00 PM
October 18 | 1:00 PM
EXPERT SESSION: October 28 | 11:00 AM


Austin Food For Thought
Why Dads Matter and the Consequences of Their Absence
Presented by Kaeley Benson, Ph.D.
October 16th | 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: People's Community Clinic | 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin TX 78752


Dallas Food For Thought
Managing Stress and Routines in the School
Presented by Kimberly Thornton
November 8th | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: The Madison | 15851 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001


Houston Food For Thought
Children with Autism 
Presented by Jessica Smith
November 20th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Children's Assessment Center | 2500 Bolsover St, Houston, TX 77005


San Antonio Food For Thought
Parent/Child Relationships, Attachment, Bonding and Coregulation
Presenter TBD
November 12th | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: San Antonio Area Foundation | 303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215

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