A Message from Executive Director Sadie Funk, IMH-E®


A Message from Executive Director Sadie Funk, IMH-E®

SadieThe following is a message from First3Years Executive Director Sadie Funk, which ran in the February 2016 Quarterly Newsletter.


No man is an island. I think we can all agree on that. In that same light, I’d like to suggest that no organization is an island. That is—we can’t do it alone, and there is no such thing as a silver bullet, no matter how awesome our programs are.


First3Years is proud of our continued ability and perspective to bring collaboration into every aspect of our work. From the little details such as planning content for trainings, to the bigger system-wide issues like building an early childhood system of professional development for Texas, our priority is always to involve as many other organizations as possible. Through collaboration, we brainstorm more ideas, pool more resources, and impact more children.


As our work continues, collaboration continues to be a pillar we build upon. Our work to restructure how infants and toddlers are managed within the child welfare system through the Safe Babies initiative is the effort of more than a dozen partners coming to the table to say that maltreated infants and toddlers deserve better, and we can do better.


So, do you have a great idea of how to advance the healthy development of young children? We’d love to hear about it. Even better, we’d love to work with you on it, because in the end, we’re all in this together.