2018 Monthly Webinar Series Sponsored by:

First3Years and PNC want to make sure Texas kids are ready for school. Our webinar series for 2018 is focused on early childhood and family supports. We want to help you provide families with everything they need for kids to have a strong educational start.

PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.


Webinars are free for First3Years members, and non-members can register for a webinar for $15. Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

1 Hour of Continuing Education (SW, LPC, ECI, CPE)



Promoting School Success through Developmental Support for Substance Exposed Newborns

Each year, an estimated 10–11% of all births are affected by prenatal alcohol or illicit drug exposure. This type of exposure has the potential to cause a wide spectrum of physical, emotional, and developmental problems for these infants. Join us as we discuss this growing epidemic as well as strategies that can used to support these children.

JULY 18 | 12:00 PM

JULY 20 | 2:00 PM




Title:  In Utero Drug Exposure and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Addressing the pediatric health sequelae of the substance abuse epidemic


  1. Outline the scope of the current opioid epidemic and its impact on the pediatric population
  2. Discuss diagnostic and treatment strategies for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
  3. Evaluate available data regarding short and long-term impact of in utero drug exposure (IUDE) and discuss approach to mitigating this impact via early intervention

Heidi Román, MD, FAAP
Dr. Román is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and medical director at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Dr. Román obtained her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. Prior to joining UT Southwestern, she spent six years as an attending pediatrician at a federally qualified health center in San Jose, California, with an appointment as an affiliated clinical instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Román is passionate about providing high quality primary care and has special expertise in caring for vulnerable children. She also enjoys teaching medical students and pediatric residents. Her interests include toxic stress, social determinants of health, and the use of new technologies to improve care and communication with patients and families.

Cecilia A. Lazcano M.S.                                                                          

Cecilia holds a bachelor’s degree in Education by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  In 2005, she was awarded a full scholarship from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas.  From 2007 to 2013 she worked for MOMENTOUS Institute as a Team Leader of the Infant-Child Comprehensive Assessment Program among other roles.  By the end of 2013, she joined the Center for Children and Families at the University of Texas at Dallas as the Director of the outreach program “Crece Conmigo” (Grow with Me).  Since then, she has been a strong advocate for the need to provide early developmental assessments and early intervention services to at-risk communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  In 2017, she joined the behavioral health team at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence.  She provides Developmental Evaluations for children ages 0 to 5.  She also works with caregivers providing developmental education and guidance to ensure they are the best advocates for their children’s development.  She also enjoys supervising Early Childhood grad students. Her interests include social emotional development, attachment, trauma,  and prenatal drug exposure.

 July Webinar Competencies: 

Pregnancy & Early Parenthood | Infant & Young Child Development and Behavior | Infant & Young Child Family Centered Practice | Relationship-Based Practice | Relationship-based Therapeutic Practice | Mental and Behavioral Disorders in Adults | Responding with Empathy | Treatment Planning | Supportive Counseling | Maintaining Perspective



Positive Discipline Practices in Early Childhood

Discipline practices is an important part of parenting all of which is a process that prepares children for independence. As children grow and develop, there are many things we can do to help. Join us as we discuss child development and positive parenting.

AUGUST 21 | 2:00 PM

AUGUST 24 | 12:00 PM

 August Webinar Competencies: 

Infant & Young Child Development and Behavior | Family Relationships & Dynamics | Attachment, Separation & Loss | Community Resources | Observation & Listening | Screening & Assessment | Advocacy | Life Skills | Safety



Strong Families for Stronger Schools and Communities

Schools, caregivers, and the community working together can promote the health, wellbeing, and learning of all children. Join us as we discuss the powerful impact that results from collaboration between families, schools and the community.

SEPTEMBER 17 | 12:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 20 | 2:00 PM

 September Webinar Competencies: 

Relationship-based Practice | Family Relationships & Dynamics | Cultural Competence | Service Delivery Systems | Community Resources | Supportive Counseling | Building & Maintaining Relationships | Supporting Others | Collaborating | Crisis Management | Study of Families


Early Childhood Attachment Milestones and Capacity for Readiness

Attachment is the emotional connection formed by wordless communication between an infant and their primary caretaker. Join us this month as we discuss the how the caregiver-child relationship impacts school readiness.

OCTOBER 16 | 2:00 PM

OCTOBER 19 | 12:00 PM

 October Webinar Competencies: 

Pregnancy & Early Parenthood | Infant & Young Child Development and Behavior | Infant & Young Child Family-Centered Practice | Attachment, Separation & Loss | Study of Infant Relationships & Attachment


Promoting School Success through Coparenting Strategies

Increasing evidence suggests that effective coparenting can have significant contributions to child adjustment beyond the influence of parenting alone. Join us this month as we discuss these co-parenting strategies as well as developing an understanding of its impact on success in the classroom.

NOVEMBER 13 | 2:00 PM

NOVEMBER 16 | 12:00 PM

  November Webinar Competencies: 

 Attachment, Separation & Loss | Government, Law & Regulation | Agency Policy | Service Delivery Systems | Community Resources | Developmental Guidance | Supportive Counseling | Coaching | Mentoring | Program Development


Literacy in Early Childhood

Early language, reading and writing development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Join us this month as we develop an understanding of the components necessary to promote early childhood literacy.

DECEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM

DECEMBER 12 | 12:00 PM


 December Webinar Competencies: 

 Infant & Young Child Development and Behavior | Observation & Listening | Life Skills | Planning & Organizing | Advocacy | Community Resources