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)



Baby Brain Development and Health

An infant’s brain develops over time. It starts during pregnancy, and continues through to early adulthood. Like a building, it needs a strong foundation. Join us this month as we explore varies aspects of brain development and how it can be impacted by environmental factors.

JUNE 21 | 2:00 PM




Expert Session Presented by Sydney Rowles: Sydney Rowles recently graduated with her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas.  During her time at UTD, she worked as a research assistant in the Think Lab under Dr. Candice Mills, which is a child development research lab focusing on children’s learning.  Her research specifically focuses on children’s social cognition, with an emphasis on the factors that influence how preschool children gather information from and learn from others.   She is passionate about children’s learning and well-being, and hopes to use her research expertise to help better the lives of children and their families.

Expert Session Description: Early childhood brain development does not occur in a vacuum. Indeed, environmental factors and experiences often play a critical role in how a child’s brain develops. This talk will take a closer look at how brain development, environmental factors, and experiences all intertwine to shape a child’s development.




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


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


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


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


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


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