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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August Webinars 

Diversity in Early Childhood: A Multicultural Experience 

August 16, 2022

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

August 23, 2022

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Effective early childhood professionals understand and embrace diversity— cultural and language differences. They support the unique and individualized values, strengths, and potential of each child and their family. This training will explore ways to support culturally responsive practices and influence early childhood environments that support and acknowledges a multitude of cultures.

  • Learning Objective #1 
    • Attendees will examine the development of culturally responsible and responsive practices in Early Childhood settings. 
  • Learning Objective #2:
    • Attendees will examine the five dimensions of multicultural cultivation and perceived barriers for families and their young children. 
  • Learning Objective #3: 
    • Attendees will engage in self-reflection to better understand the effects of multicultural diversity in early childhood. 



Register Here for August 16


Register Here for August 23



September Webinars 

Equity and Inclusion for Minority Groups in Early Childhood 

September 14, 2022

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

September 21, 2022

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Understanding our biases and societal expectations are needed to advance equity and inclusion in early childhood settings. The early childhood profession has been shaped by current and historical inequities. This training will examine what equity and inclusion look like for minority groups such as race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability, language, and different family structures.


  • Learning Objective #1 
    • Attendees will recognize why equity and inclusion are important in early childhood success. 
  • Learning Objective #2 
    • Attendees will learn about minority groups, their backgrounds, and biases to normalize their own feelings surrounding culture and practices. 
  • Learning Objective #3
    • Attendees will reflect on the dimensions of one’s identity that shapes views, values, and perceptions (biases) in their practice with children and their families to better understand minority groups. 



Register Here for September 14


Register Here for September 21





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