Austin Chapter Meetings

The Austin Chapter of First3Years is excited to present their meeting schedule for 2019-2020!

The Austin Chapter of First3Years offers professional development opportunities on early childhood topics with a focus on children 0-5. All providers and caregivers welcome.

About Food For Thought

First3Years has been offering local Food for Thought (FFT)  training events throughout the state of Texas for more than 35 years. This interactive series highlights current research and best practices offering thought-provoking topics (food for thought). Additionally, each event provides a meal (lunch or breakfast) offering a time of networking in each community as we gather to advance our professional practice and understanding in the field.



October 16, 2019 | Why Dads Matter and the Consequences of Their Absence | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Presented by Kaeley Benson, Ph. D

About Kaeley Benson: Kaeley Benson, Ph. D. currently serves as the research director at the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the University of Texas at Austin. Kaeley provides oversight and guidance to family strengthening, fatherhood, and early childhood research projects and teams at CFRP. Kaeley earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests center around the development and wellbeing of children from low-income families.

Learning ObjectivesParticipants will be able to

  1. Describe the benefits of father involvement for children
  2. Identify the four pillars of father involvement
  3. Describe the implications of father absence for children and mothers

Training Description: Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children, families, and communities. However, some fathers, particularly those who are not married to their child’s mother, face challenges in participating in their children’s lives. This presentation will highlight why father involvement is important for children, the barriers to their involvement, and the consequences of their absence.



January 15, 2020 | Working with Immigrant Families in an Era of Fear: Planning for Uncertainty

Presented by Keegan Warren-CLem, JD, LLM

About Keegan Warren-Clem: Keegan Warren-Clem, J.D., L.L.M., is a public-interest attorney who leads the Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) as its Director. The Austin MLP is a collaboration between Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC) and People’s Community Clinic (People’s). The Austin MLP was formed to mitigate legal factors that adversely impact the health of People’s patients, and has been recognized as a leader in innovation for medical-legal collaborative care in the community healthcare clinic setting. Ms. Warren-Clem was awarded an Equal Access to Justice Fellowship after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and holds an L.L.M (Master of Laws) in health law from Southern Illinois University.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to

• Understand guidance that you can provide to mixed-status families fearful of accessing public benefits
• Discuss options for long-term planning for care of children and property.
• Learn how you can help fight health-harming rules (laws).


Training Description: Planning for the future is important for all adults, but the Trump administration has targeted immigrant and mixed-status families in a way that makes tough conversations particularly important. This presentation seeks to help advocates meet the needs of the individuals that they serve, and it concludes with one tool for addressing community health policy.


April 15, 2020 | TBD

Check back soon for more details!


Earn 1.5 CEUs!

Chapter Meeting Location: People’s Community Clinic | 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin TX 78752


Meeting Benefits:

– Easily accessible, quality trainings from experts in early childhood topics applicable to your work –

– The ability to network and develop relationships with peers and colleagues within your field locally –

– Opportunities for leadership –

– Continuing education credits and access to other professional development opportunities such as conference and online webinars –


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