Articles: News

First3Years Welcomes New Training Manager

First3Years Welcomes New Training Manager 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,… Read More

Policy Alert: Comments due July 12, 2016

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… Read More

The Power of Reflective Supervision and Self-Care

The Power of Reflective Supervision and Self-Care First3Years recently wrapped up a ToolBox grant from North Texas Community Foundation that allowed us to not only offer scholarships for endorsement, but to measure the impact of reflective… Read More

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… Read More

First3Years Presents Circle of Security Training

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… Read More

Funder Highlight: North Texas Community Foundation

Funder Highlight: 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… Read More

2016 Advocacy Awards and Conference Recap

2016 Advocacy Awards and Conference Recap   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 a goal of presenting… Read More

Endorsement Webinars Now Available

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… Read More

First3Years Releases 2015 Annual Report

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… Read More

Program Update: Just Beginning

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… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Ashley Borthick, IMH-E® (II)

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… Read More

Update from the San Antonio Chapter

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… Read More

Endorsee Spotlight: Dr. Cindy Frosch, IMH-E® (IV)

Endorsee Spotlight: 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… Read More

First3Years Training: Professional Development Central

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… Read More

Safe Babies Tarrant County

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Federal Spending Cuts are Hitting 57,000 Children

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… Read More

Why Maternal Mental Health Should be a Priority

As 2015 quickly approaches, the global health community has been made increasingly aware of our progress toward Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Some remarkable progress has indeed been made. For example, the proportion of underweight children under… Read More