Austin Chapter Meetings

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.

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.


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October 21 | 9:00 AM 


Supporting Children & Families During COVID-19

Presented by Ileana Aguilar 

This presentation will discuss the dynamics of family violence, and the indicators of abuse that come up as a result of the pandemic Covid-19; as well as the challenges survivors are facing to seek help, not just from professionals but from family and community members. We will also discuss strategies to support survivors.


Training Objectives:

-Participants will be able to identify several forms of family violence, and its increased prevalence, resulting from the pandemic COVID-19

-Participants will understand the barriers and challenges that children and families face to seeking help

-Participants will be able to share collaborative strategies to support children and families, survivors of abuse and violence, during and after the pandemic COVID-19


Earn 1.5 CEUs



emotional response| responding with empathy| advocacy| coaching| resolving conflict| motivating| exercising sound judgment| maintaining perspective| planning and organizing| infant/young child & family-centered practice | relationship-based, therapeutic practice | family relationships & dynamics | attachment, separation & loss


“First3Years has provided education workshops for [our] staff and other community partners that work with families and young children. These workshops have equipped our staff to better understand the complex mental health needs of the infants and families we serve.” -Alison C.

Important Membership Information:

Individual Membership: $65 per year

Group Membership Levels:

  • Agency 10: $250
  • Agency 25: $500
  • Agency 50: $900
  • Agency 51+: $1,000

Membership Benefits

  • Free monthly webinars for CEU credits; exclusive access to Expert Sessions
  • Training discounts
  • First3Years e-Newsletter
  • Policy Updates
  • Research Updates
  • Networking Opportunities
  • IMH-E® Credential Opportunities


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