Articles: News

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

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 “No policy for… Read More

In Memory of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

(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 of his ground breaking… Read More

First3Years and the Harvey Relief Effort

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. REGISTER Infants and young children do not have a single touchpoint like their older peers do with… Read More

Cleveland Site Visit for Just Beginning

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 like for the youth… Read More

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 research on… Read More

Celebrating Father’s Day

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 patient man in… Read More

First3Years names Sadie Funk Chief Executive Officer

  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 organization.… Read More

A Message from Sadie Funk, First3Years Executive Director

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, diverse stakeholders, and… Read More

First3Years Celebrates Just Beginning Graduate

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 recently, Jacob is hoping… Read More

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

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 Childhood Intervention services in… Read More

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 the… Read More

First3Years Policy Update: March 2017

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 to reach 7%… Read More

Funder Spotlight: Communities Foundation of Texas

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 to the program. “Providing… Read More

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, 1,012 (28%) of… Read More

First3Years Ao-authors Article in January 2017 Zero to Three Journal

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 home daycare. However, only… Read More

Funder Highlight: The Miles Foundation

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 Worth.” – Grant Coates,… Read More

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 your help to… Read More

Am I a good parent? Counselor Gabby Satarino discusses the ultimate parenting questions

Guest columnist Gaby Satarino’s reflections on the ultimate parenting question    Am I a good parent? At some point almost everyone with young children asks themselves this.  Many silently search for answers in parenting books, podcasts, blogs. They will compare themselves to other parents, measuring their child’s academic or extra-curricular achievements, and endlessly question if… Read More

Learning with Denton Food for Thought

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 of father… Read More

Sadie Funk named Dallas Heroes Project November Hero 

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 raises awareness about… Read More

First3Years Welcomes Aaron Fields as new Just Beginning Coordinator

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 vital… Read More

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 to create local… Read More

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 Annual Meeting and… Read More

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 your endorsement!” On… Read More

First3Years Joins DFW Hospital Council as Associate Member

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 driven by elite members, the… Read More

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 gratitude to our… Read More

PAR, Inc., Golf Tournament Supports First3Years

PAR, Inc., Golf Tournament Supports First3Years 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 importance of quality care for young children, First3Years is able to do more to educate,… Read More