Family Separation at the Border Must End: It’s Time to Take Action! 06/15/18

First3Years is deeply troubled to hear the stories of immigrant families being ripped apart due to the newly enacted Zero Tolerance policy toward those seeking asylum and refuge in America. The trauma experienced by these infants and young children can, and will, have a live-long lasting effect.
While the government states […]

In Memory of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton 03/15/18

(Photo: Hornick-Rivlin)
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 our community lost a revered colleague and friend, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, MD. A pioneer in pediatric and child development, Dr. Brazelton was a fierce advocate for babies, young children and families. A world renowned scientist and clinician, Dr. Brazelton leaves behind a legacy […]

First3Years and the Harvey Relief Effort 10/31/17

First3Years and the Harvey Relief Effort
Starting early November, First3Years will be providing Train-the-Trainer sessions to create opportunities for families to receive the support they need to appropriately assist their family in managing the stress and trauma left behind by Hurricane Harvey.

Infants and young children do not have a single touchpoint like their older peers […]

Cleveland Site Visit for Just Beginning 10/26/17

Cleveland Site Visit for Just Beginning
First3Years CEO Sadie Funk and Aaron Fields, the Just Beginning Coordinator, along with the Medlock and Youth Village Superintendent Roddrick Armwood and the Clinical Supervisor Dr. Zhwantae, were invited to Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in order to learn what a day in the life is […]

Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship

Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship
The application window for the 2018-2019 cohort of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship has opened.  The Fellowship meets the Infant Mental Health Endorsement requirements.
The Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship is a remarkable program, providing a rich, interdisciplinary learning experience designed to equip professionals with the latest thinking and […]

Celebrating Father’s Day 06/15/17

Celebrating Father’s Day
#First3YearsCelebrates   #SpecialMomentsThatLastALifetime

My father was super smart, handsome, and a gentleman. He adored my mother and they were married for 62 years. My mother was the social one in the relationship and taking care of my father along with five children was her priority. My father was not a […]

First3Years names Sadie Funk Chief Executive Officer 06/12/17

First3Years names Sadie Funk Chief Executive Officer
Goal is to expand Safe Babies Program into Dallas County, and is expected to impact more than 1,000 babies in Foster Care.

Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2017 — The First3Years Board of Directors today named Sadie Funk as First3Years CEO, a new role for the […]

A Message from Sadie Funk, First3Years Executive Director 04/21/17

A Message from Sadie Funk, First3Years Executive Director / April 2017
Thank you for your past support to First3Years. Along with members, donors and friends like you, we’re proud to be the voice for infants and toddlers.
Because of our programs and strong collaborations, First3Years is in a unique place – working with early care professionals, community-based agencies, […]

First3Years Celebrates Just Beginning Graduate 04/12/17

First3Years Celebrates Just Beginning Graduate
Last week, we celebrated one of our newest Just Beginning graduates, Jacob.  “When teen dads graduate from the Just Beginning program, it’s a big deal. We are so proud of each and every one of our graduates. Accepting a certificate of completion at Texas Can Academy/Farmers Branch […]

Houston Food for Thought | March 8th Session Wrap-up 03/17/17

Houston Food for Thought | March 8th Session Wrap-up
On March 8th, First3Years Houston engaged Dustin Rynders, Supervising Attorney with Disability Rights Texas, Stephanie Rubin, CEO of Texans Care for Children, and Kim Sporrer, with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) of Easter Seals Greater Houston in a local conversation about the importance of Early […]

Member Chat: The Value of Endorsement

Member Chat: The Value of Endorsement

An interview with First3Years member and endorsee, Lee Johnson III, M.A., CHES, IMH-E®. Lee is a Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Alabama.
How did you hear about First3Years?
I first learned of First3Years after being informed by the Director of Child Development Resources at […]

First3Years Policy Update: March 2017 03/07/17

First3Years Policy Update: March 2017
During the 85th Texas Legislative session, we need your help to continue to be a strong voice for Texas’ infants, toddlers and their families.
First3Years’ top policy priorities are ECI Funding, HB4 to sustain funding for high quality Pre-K programs, Texas Home Visiting to scale up funding […]

Funder Spotlight: Communities Foundation of Texas 03/01/17

Funder Spotlight: Communities Foundation of Texas
First3Years recently received a generous $25,000 grant from Communities Foundation of Texas to our Just Beginning program supporting teen fathers interacting with the juvenile justice system. We sat down with Monica Egert Smith, Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy at the Foundation to talk about their support […]

First3Years Participates in GroundFloor

First3Years Participates in GroundFloor
First3Years has been selected as one of ten Fellows of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor program, with the potential to win a $100,000 prize to support Safe Babies Dallas.
In Texas, infants and toddlers constitute the largest and most vulnerable population of children in foster care. In Dallas County, […]

First3Years Ao-authors Article in January 2017 Zero to Three Journal 02/01/17

First3Years co-authors article in January 2017 Zero to Three Journal about the value of IMH-E® as an important workforce development tool for early care professionals
Across Texas, there are more than 1.9 million children four years old and under, with 60% of these kids spending their days in a childcare center or […]

Funder Highlight: The Miles Foundation 01/06/17

Funder Highlight: The Miles Foundation
“We are proud to support First3Years in its work to ensure children gain the healthy start they need to learn, grow, and thrive. It is a privilege to partner with First3Years in pursuing our shared mission of building strong beginnings and a brighter future for Fort […]

First3Years Policy Update: January 2017

Policy Update: January 2017
In 2016, First3Years is proud to have worked successfully with partners to secure a statewide waiver of fees for the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development Registry to all Texas Rising Stars Centers beginning in 2017.
As we look ahead toward the 85th Texas Legislative session, we need […]

Learning with Denton Food for Thought 12/06/16

Learning with Denton Food for Thought in 2016
Partnering with the WATCH Coalition of Denton County, led by Cook Children’s, First3Years launched its first Food for Thought training series in Denton in 2016.
First3Years hosted four workshops from September to December. The series kicked off with a workshop on the unique benefits […]

Sadie Funk named Dallas Heroes Project November Hero  11/17/16

Sadie Funk Named Dallas Heroes Project November Hero
Executive Director Sadie Funk was named the Dallas Heroes Project November Hero for her work with First3Years! The Dallas Heroes Project identifies local leaders who are making an impact in Dallas and spreads the word about the work they are doing. This honor […]

First3Years Welcomes Aaron Fields as new Just Beginning Coordinator 11/01/16

First3Years welcomes Aaron Fields as Just Beginning Coordinator

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Fredrick Douglass

Aaron Fields joined First3Years in October of 2016 as the coordinator of the Just Beginning Program. Aaron has a strong interest in research and policy related to issues that are […]

Volunteer Highlight: Fort Worth Food for Thought Planning Committee

Volunteer Highlight: Fort Worth Food for Thought Planning Committee Members

Ever wonder how First3Years professional development and trainings come together? First3Years sat down with three members of the Fort Worth Food for Thought committee: Debbie Lindsey, Sandra Lamm, and committee chair Laura Wright, to find out more about what it takes […]


Mitigating Trauma and Loss for Infants and Toddlers
First3Years recently invited Dr. Kate Rosenblum of the University of Michigan to the DFW area to share more about new directions and emerging research in making developmentally informed decisions in working with young children and their families.
Dr. Rosenblum spoke at the 2016 First3years […]

Newly Endorsed Jacqueline Campbell, IMH-E®(I) / Infant Family Associate, shares her story

Above: Jacqueline Campbell (3rd from left, front row) and other newly endorsed members at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference.
My name is Jacqueline Campbell. On June 30 I was e-mailed with good news! I got a letter saying, “Congratulations, you got […]

First3Years Joins DFW Hospital Council as Associate Member 09/06/16

In July, First3Years was officially approved by the Board of Trustees of the DFW Hospital Council to become an Associate Member of the trade association.
The DFW Hospital Council unites North Texas hospital and industry leaders to advance quality healthcare in the region. With over 47 years of collaboration and […]

Just Beginning Graduates First Class in August 2016

Just Beginning, a program supporting young men in their role as fathers, graduates first class in August

At the end of August, First3Years celebrated the graduation of six teen fathers from the Just Beginning program—the only teen parenting support program of its kind in Texas.
In reaching this milestone, First3Years expresses our deep […]

PAR, Inc., Golf Tournament Supports First3Years 08/01/16

PAR, Inc., Golf Tournament Supports First3Years
Katy Reis, Assistant Property Manager and Special Projects Coordinator for PAR, Inc.
The 2nd annual Property Advisers Realty, Inc., Golf Tournament benefiting First3Years is Monday, October 3, at Timarron Country Club in Southlake. Thanks to a great relationship with PAR, Inc., and their belief in the […]