Monthly Webinar Series


 Webinars are FREE for First3Years members, and non-members can register for a webinar for $15. Student price: $5. Contact for a discount code.

Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

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


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December Webinars 

Helping Young Children Build a Healthy Response System

December 6, 2022

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

December 12, 2022

12:30 PM -1:30 PM 


Without caring adults to buffer young children, high levels of toxic stress can result in trauma, which can create long-term consequences for both their physical and mental health. This presentation will provide an understanding of what stress does to a child’s brain and how we can help children through strategies for coping with moderate, short-lived stress that can build a healthy stress response system and ultimately resiliency.


  • Learning Objective #1 
    • Participants will describe and understand the effects of toxic stress vs. positive stress in children.
  • Learning Objective #2 
    • Participants will discuss ways to enhance the well-being of young children through resilience-building strategies.
  • Learning Objective #3
    • Participants will reflect and discuss the effects of psychosocial factors that affect young children learning to build a healthy response system.


Training Competencies:




Cynthia Rendon | Professional Development Specialist

Cynthia brings her passion and expertise in maternal & infant health to her current position as First3 Years’ Bilingual Professional Development Specialist. 

She has over 6 years in nonprofit organizations advocating for vulnerable and marginalized communities, such as pregnant women and their infants, and immigrant populations. Which has led her to pursue a career in social work with a focus in infant mental health. 

She has experience meeting with stakeholders through a coalition dedicated to strengthening community partnerships to reduce infant mortality in Bexar County and helped establish a reproductive life planning project for teens.

In her most recent role as grant project manager, she provided services and resources to immigrant populations in the greater Houston area. She played a key role in successfully securing grant funding in her last 2 years of her employment there.

She is currently working on her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Houston Downtown, with an expected graduation date of May 2022.


Jyrah Knight | Director of Professional Development

Jyrah Knight is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University where she received her Master’s degree in Family Studies and Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. Jyrah’s work with children and families has been one of her greatest accomplishments thus far. She takes a family centered approach in all her work. Jyrah formerly worked as an Early Intervention Specialist for ECI, where she learned the true meaning of influencing a child’s microsystem, how to reach all families no matter their cultural background, how to help families navigate crisis and engaging exercises to encourage the development of young children. She is also an advocate for Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) which she believes plays a great role in infant mental health.  Jyrah has a passion for educating and empowering families of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities and currently serves as the President of Chronic Endurance.




Webinars are broadcast through Zoom. Please download the application from Zoom for your desktop OR download from your App Store for your phone PRIOR to attending the webinar. 

PLEASE NOTE: Per CEU standards, you must attend at least 50 minutes of the trainings to gain access to your CEU. 

If you have previously downloaded the application, ensure you have the most updated version downloaded on your device as new security measures are continually released. To ensure you have the latest version of Zoom, click HERE.

Because of our generous Fill The Think Tank donors, the professional development department has scholarship funds set aside to support professionals in attaining a First3Years Membership, attending a conference, and/or covering category 1 & 2 Endorsement application fees. If you desire to partake in any of these endeavors but are encountering barriers, please email Jyrah Knight at to discuss options. We look forward to having you

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