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First3Years Welcomes New Training Manager 08/01/16

First3Years Welcomes New Training Manager
New Training Manager Natalie Baerwaldt
In July, First3Years announced the addition of its newest staff member, Natalie Baerwaldt. As Training Manager, Natalie will oversee the professional development opportunities offered through First3Years for those working with infants, toddlers, and their families across the state.
Natalie brings more than 15 […]

The Future of Texas: Invest in Our Early Childhood Workforce Today

The Future of Texas: Invest in Our Early Childhood Workforce Today
There is a crisis in early childhood education. As a field, the workforce is widely underpaid, undervalued, and overlooked as an important role in communities all across our state. Yet this workforce – racially and ethnically diverse, and heavily dominated […]

Job Posting: Just Beginning Coordinator (part-time, 20 hrs. / week) 07/25/16

July 25, 2016
JOB POSTING
Job Title: Just Beginning Coordinator Part Time (20 hours)/Week
Reports to: Director of Programs
First3Years is a state-wide non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and collaborate for the Healthy Development of Infants and Toddlers. First3Years is recognized around the state for its training programs around infant mental […]

Policy Alert: Comments due July 12, 2016 07/08/16

Stakeholder Input on Legislative Appropriations Request of
the Texas Workforce Commission
Please send comments by Tuesday, July 12  5pm to:

TWCPolicyComments@twc.state.tx.us
cc Gwendolyn Jones at: Gwendolyn Jones (ACF)
gwendolyn.jones@acf.hhs.gov

Below is a sample letter that may be edited with your comments.
1. Fund 3 Pilots to use the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System: Building a […]

First3Years Staff Interviewed on Better Living Radio Show 07/05/16

First3Years Staff Interviewed on Better Living Radio Show
First3Years Executive Director Sadie Funk and Director of Programs Talia Brinkman
Recently, First3Years Executive Director Sadie Funk and Director of Programs Talia Brinkman were invited onto CBS Radio’s Better Living, a public affairs show hosted by Nick Carissimi.
Better Living highlights the people and organizations […]

The Power of Reflective Supervision and Self-Care

The Power of Reflective Supervision and Self-Care
Barbara Einsohn’s mentorship through reflective supervision enabled Lee Johnson to become a strong candidate for Endorsement and eventually earn the IMH-E® credential.
First3Years recently wrapped up a ToolBox grant from North Texas Community Foundation that allowed us to not only offer scholarships for endorsement, but […]

Funder Highlight: The Meadows Foundation

Funder Highlight: The Meadows Foundation
With a mission to assist the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations, The Meadows Foundation has been working with nonprofits for more than 65 years.
Funding from the Meadows Foundation to First3Years began in 2005 with a […]

First3Years Home Visiting Trainings Continue with Summer Workshops 07/04/16

First3Years Home Visiting Trainings Continue with Summer Workshops
Photo appeared in THV Tidbits Newsletter and provided by Texas Home Visiting program subcontractors.
First3Years continues their support of professionals in the Texas Home Visiting (THV) program by conducting a second round of training sessions around the state this summer.
Texas Home Visiting is a free […]

First3Years Presents Circle of Security Training 05/31/16

First3Years Presents Circle of Security Training
On Friday, May 20, First3Years along with the Center for Children and Families at UT-Dallas, Texas Home Visiting, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, presented a training session on Circle of Security to more than 60 childhood professionals.
Circle of Security is an easy-to-discuss […]

Funder Highlight: North Texas Community Foundation 05/30/16

Funder Highlight: North Texas Community Foundation
 
Rose Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, and Stephanie Baker, Philanthropic Associate of the North Texas Community Foundation.
The North Texas Community Foundation has been an important partner to First3Years through their support of the Endorsement and Reflective Supervision programs and as part of the Early Learning Alliance in […]

2016 Advocacy Awards and Conference Recap

2016 Advocacy Awards and Conference Recap
 
Board President Susan Hoff (left) and Executive Director Sadie Funk (right) with T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Awardee Dr. Pauline Filipek.
The 2016 First3Years Advocacy Awards and Conference was held May 6, 2016, at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin.
With […]

Endorsement Webinars Now Available 04/29/16

Endorsement Webinars Now Available
First3Years is excited to announce a new series of webinars to help applicants with questions about the Endorsement process. Endorsement is an internationally recognized credential that supports and recognizes the development and proficiency of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families.
Applicants […]

First3Years Grows With Addition of Two New Staff Members 04/04/16

First3Years Grows With Addition of Two New Staff Members
 
(l-r) Talia Brinkman and Ariel Cooksey
First3Years is excited to announce the addition of Talia Brinkman, Director of Programs, and Ariel Cooksey, Safe Babies Tarrant County Coordinator, to its full-time staff. Both Talia and Ariel bring to First3Years a wealth of experience in […]

First3Years Releases 2015 Annual Report 03/25/16

First3Years Releases 2015 Annual Report
First3Years recently published our 2015 Annual Report. We’re proud of all we accomplished last year – our reach, our impact, our mission forward – and we thank you for your role in this. As with everything we do, we rely on the support of our generous […]

Program Update: Just Beginning 03/14/16

Program Update: Just Beginning
 
In 2015, First3Years launched the Just Beginning program to address the parenting support needs of fathers within the juvenile justice system in Dallas County. Just Beginning has been previously implemented among incarcerated parents in California, Connecticut, and Ohio with great success. First3Years is the first to carry […]

WORTH Endowment Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation Supports Coparenting in Foster Care Pilot Program 02/29/16

WORTH Endowment Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation Supports Coparenting in Foster Care Pilot Program
 
Jessica Siegel of the North Texas Community Foundation with First3Years’ Sadie Funk.
First3Years was recently selected to receive funding from the WORTH Endowment Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation. In particular, funds from the WORTH Endowment Fund […]

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

 
A Message from Executive Director Sadie Funk, IMH-E®
The 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 […]

Partner Feature: Dr. Angela Moemeka & Children’s Health

Partner Feature: Dr. Angela Moemeka & Children’s Health
 
If a value for community and collaboration brought together First3Years and Dr. Angela Moemeka, Vice President and Medical Director for Children’s Health, it’s our shared belief in working together to create positive health outcomes for Texas’ youngest that keeps our partnership strong.
 
Dr. Moemeka […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ashley Borthick, IMH-E® (II) 02/18/16

Volunteer Spotlight: Ashley Borthick, IMH-E® (II)
 
In the world of non-profits, there are many ways an organization receives support in achieving its mission. Without the help of dedicated and tireless volunteers who give their time and expertise, First3Years would not be able to reach as many infants and toddlers throughout the […]

Update from the San Antonio Chapter 02/03/16

Update from the San Antonio Chapter
 
By Julie Yocham, MS, LPC-S, LMFT
San Antonio Chapter President
 
One of the things I love about living in San Antonio is our rich sense of community. It is beautiful to see so many people reaching into their hearts and giving of their time, talents, and often […]

Endorsee Spotlight: Dr. Cindy Frosch, IMH-E® (IV) 02/01/16

Endorsee Spotlight: Dr. Cindy Frosch, IMH-E® (IV)
 
Dr. Cindy Frosch, IMH-E® (IV)
Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®) is an internationally recognized credential for infant and family professionals, and it is the cornerstone of the First3Years professional development programs.
 
With four levels designed to target different professional areas within the infant-family field, an IMH-E® […]

First3Years To Provide Training for Home Visiting Program

First3Years To Provide Training for Home Visiting Program
Photo appeared in THV Tidbits Newsletter and provided by Texas Home Visiting program subcontractors.
As part of their ongoing efforts to support infants and toddlers throughout the state, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and First3Years have partnered up to support professionals in […]

First3Years Training: Professional Development Central 12/21/15

First3Years Training: Professional Development Central
 

If you work with infants and toddlers, First3Years’ comprehensive training offerings can help you serve and support children even better by educating you on the latest research and trends.
 
In addition to twice-yearly conferences, First3Years offers monthly webinars, virtual learning, and lunchtime sessions meant to reach and serve […]

First3Years Receives Grant from George and Fay Young Foundation

First3Years Receives Grant from George and Fay Young Foundation
 
George and Fay Young believed strongly in giving back to the community.
The George and Fay Young Foundation grants First3Years $50,000 to help the organization advance its mission of educating, advocating, and collaborating to ensure the social and emotional health of infants and […]

Safe Babies Tarrant County 07/28/15

First3Years Leads Collaborative Initiative to Keep Babies and Toddlers Safe in Tarrant County
$100,000 Meadows Foundation Grant funds program aimed at
improving child welfare of those in legal system
 
Click Here to Read Full Press Release

Young Dads at Risk of Depressive Symptoms, Study Finds 04/15/14

Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child’s kindergarten, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that for men who become fathers in their 20s and live with their children, depression symptoms tend to rise during the first five […]

Why Babies Cry At Night

Somewhere between bliss and exhaustion. That’s how the first few months of parenting often feel, as sleepless nights blur into semicomatose days.
Most of us chalk up a baby’s nighttime crying to one simple fact: He’s hungry.
But could that chubby bundle of joy have a devious plan?
Harvard University’s David Haig thinks so. Last […]

It’s Also Child Neglect Prevention Month

Judge John Specia, Commissioner Texas Department of Family and Protective Services April 2014 – National Child Abuse Prevention Month
 It’s Also Child Neglect Prevention Month
On April 1, a three-year-old boy drowned in Denton County in his family’s backyard pool. Mom was watching him blow bubbles in the backyard through the kitchen window. Her phone […]

TAIMH Receives Dallas Social Venture Partner Grant 12/13/13

Social Venture Partners Dallas announced today that it has made an initial investment of $30,000 in the Texas Association of Infant Mental Health along with what could become hundreds of hours of skills-based volunteer time to help the Coppell-based nonprofit boost its ability to train child care providers about the […]

Federal Spending Cuts are Hitting 57,000 Children 10/07/13

The Administration for Children and Families reported Monday that 51,299 fewer children will begin Head Start preschool programs and 5,966 fewer toddlers will enter Early Head Start programs due to the $85 billion in federal budget cuts called sequester.
In Merced County, Calif., 52 fewer preschoolers were enrolled in Head Start […]