During the summer of 2020, First3Years and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), in partnership with DFPS PEI & the Texas PN-3 Collaborative, presented our 4-Part Webinar Series on Early Relational Health. Early Relational Health (ERH) describes the positive, stimulating, and nurturing early relationships that ensure the emotional security and connection that advance physical health and development, social well-being, and resilience. The first session explored the science behind early relational health and opportunities to support infants, very young children, and their families through ERH. Sessions 2 & 3 highlighted efforts in child welfare, home visiting, child health, early education, and systems level work to integrate relational health into the fabric of their work with families. The series concluded with a focus on Sustaining Support and Resources for ERH through a Policy lens.
Sessions were moderated by Dr. David Willis, CCSP, and First3Years Staff, Tasha Muhammad, Ashley Borthick, and Sadie Funk.
View all four sessions below!
Session 1: Building Resilience and Equity through Early Relational Health: The Foundation of Early Relationships, Bio-behavioral Synchrony, and Dyadic Neurodevelopment
Presented by: Dr. David Willis, Senior Fellow at Center for the Study of Social Policy & Tasha Muhammad, Professional Development Coordinator at First3Years
Session 2: Early Relational Health in the Field: Child Welfare, Home Visiting, and Child Health Applications
Panelists: Jennifer Rodriguez, Youth Law Center/Quality Parenting Imitative & Dr. Kate Rosenblum, University of Michigan
Session 3: Early Relational Health in the Field: Early Childhood Education and the use of ERH to Align Early Childhood Systems
Panelists: Junlei Li, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Janice Gruendel, Bridgeport Baby Bundle
Session 4: Thinking Ahead – Sustaining Support and Resources that Promote Early Relational Health
Panelists: Sasha Rasco, Associate Commissioner for Prevention and Early Intervention at DFPS & Jennifer Lucy, Managing Director of Programs for TexProtects