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 addition to twice-yearly conferences, First3Years offers monthly webinars, virtual learning, and lunchtime sessions meant to reach and serve everyone in the state of Texas who works with young children to provide professional development opportunities and CEUs. Our goal, like yours, is to provide the best possible care for Texas babies.


Please contact Training Manager Natalie Baerwaldt at if you have any questions or to discuss additional training opportunities.




girloncomputerIf your office or home is the most convenient place to earn CEUs, First3Years offers webinars on different topics each month. “Webinars are a great collaborative experience,” says Natalie Baerwaldt, Training Manager for First3Years. “They provide an opportunity for interactivity, where participants can share ideas and feedback.”

  • Topics for the webinars are based on the input and interest of membership.
  • Webinars are held three times per month – with one advanced session that allows for a deeper discussion. By popular demand, we’ll be holding an inaugural evening webinar for the first time in January.
  • Webinar trainings are free for First3Years members, while others may participate and receive CEUs for a fee. CEU credits are offered in SW, LPC, ECI, and CPE.
  • Register for one of our upcoming webinars today.


Introducing the Digital Learning Initiative


TAMAgEXTIn our newest training module, First3Years has partnered with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension to launch the Digital Learning Initiative, which provides a 10-part online series for professionals who want to obtain continuing education specific to infant mental health.

  • The Digital Learning Initiative curriculum is self-paced and meets state licensing requirements for training education. This is a great opportunity for new hires in the childcare field who need training hours for licensing requirements.
  • Courses cover topics like self-regulation, sensory processing, separation, and child maltreatment.
  • Registration is free of charge and most of the Extension Online courses also offer free enrollment. You may be required to pay a small processing fee before obtaining some certificates.
  • Learn more and register today.


Food For Thought


Strengthening The Village_Save The Datejpg_Page1Food For Thought is a series of monthly luncheons designed to provide professionals with new information and practical applications for working with young children and families. Food For Thought is a great opportunity for cross-sector collaboration. Professionals in the community who have overlapping fields of work can meet, learn, and train together.

  • The Food for Thought series takes place in Dallas and Houston in the spring, and in Fort Worth in the fall. The first Denton Food for Thought series launched September 2016.

Promote the Field. Gain your IMH-E ® Endorsement.

The ultimate in First3Years training programs comes in the form of an internationally-recognized credential. Through an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based professional growth, participants gain a comprehensive set of competencies that helps define best practices.

  • Endorsement applicants meet the requirements matching one of four levels that fits the closest to their line of work. Endorsees receive the Infant Mental Health Endorsed mark (IMH-E®), which distinguishes them among colleagues and enhances their professional profile as a specialist in the infant and family field.
  • Continuing endorsement requirements include membership in First3Years and 15 clock hours of training experiences per year.
  • If you would like to know more about First3Years’ endorsement program, please contact Project Coordinator Isabel Tanco.