Monthly Webinar Series

Our 2020 webinar series is focused on early development and support for professionals. We want to help you provide families with everything they need for babies and children to have a strong foundation.

Registration Links to Join Webinar:

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

Each webinar is broadcast live in Central Standard Time.

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



Third Quarter Webinars

The 3rd Quarter of our 2020 Webinar series will provide opportunities for extensive education on stress management, and the impact of biases in early childhood. We will also focus on partnering with parents and caregivers to understand a child’s strengths, interests, and the psychosocial stages associated with child development. The goal of this series is to highlight effective ways to support families through the use of strategies for self-care, advocacy, and through sensitive caregiving practices that will help to build strong and effective partnerships within the family structure and within our communities.


EXPERT SESSION | September 28 | 12:00 PM

Being the Calm in the Storm presented by Antoinette Martinez, M.Ed., LPC Registered Play Therapist, EMDR

Join us as we hear from our expert speaker, Antoinette Martinez, a Registered Play Therapist; as she will provide a deep dive into co-regulation, and emotional intelligence. Additionally, Antoinette will share with attendees the three methods of regulation for caregivers; as well as supporting the understanding of the difference of caregiver reaction versus caregiver response.



About Antoinette: Antoinette Martinez is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working with children, teens, and adults.  A Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy, Antoinette is a Certified EMDR therapist, a EMDR Consultant through EMDRIA as well as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist through Postpartum Support International.

Antoinette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and graduated with her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas (UNT).  To enhance her therapeutic skills, Antoinette is also trained in the following; CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), expressive arts therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, mental health diagnosis, psychodynamic therapy, and trauma treatment. 



Infant & young child development and behavior, Attachment, Service delivery systems, Responding with Empathy, Advocacy, Safety, Treatment planning, Developmental guidance, Building & maintaining relationships, Supporting others, Collaborating, Resolving conflict, Empathy & compassion, Mentoring, Coaching, Listening, speaking, Contemplation, Self-Awareness, Curiosity, Professional/Personal Development, Emotional response, Study of infant relationships & attachment, study of infant development and behavior.



Fourth Quarter Webinars

During the 4th Quarter trainings scheduled for our 2020 Webinar series, we will explore two developmental disabilities that affect normal brain functioning, development, and social interactions.  Participants will discuss severity and symptoms that vary from person to person as well as appropriate strategies to support the needs of children and their families. We will conclude the series with an overview of the ethical mandates as outlined by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.


October | Helping Children With Autism Thrive.

With one in 68 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it’s common for teachers and other professionals to encounter these kids as part of their daily activities. When caring for or working with a child with Autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child’s behavior, however, navigating these challenges is easier with some insight.


October 13 | 12:00 PM

October 15 | 10:00 AM



November | Families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a brain-based physical disability with behavioral symptoms. We will be discussing the brain-based approach to living with, caring for, and working with individuals and families impacted by FASD that acknowledges the source of behaviors: the brain, and provides a set of research-based best practices for helping people with fetal alcohol exposure.


November 9 | 1:00 PM

November 12 | 10:00 AM


December | Ethics and the Early Childhood Professional

This training will focus primarily on the commitment to ethical behavior which is an essential component of every profession. Each profession has a unique conception of its ethical obligations based on the nature of its contribution to society, its history, and its values. Codes of ethics are part of the identity of the profession and provide guidelines for the ethical conduct of its practitioners. The development of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct was an important step in raising awareness of the moral and ethical dimensions of the early childhood educator’s work, and has provided a common framework for thinking about ethics and addressing ethical issues that arise in the work of early childhood educators.


December 7 | 12:00 PM

December 9 | 10:00 AM


Q4 Competencies:

contemplation | curiosity | maintaining perspective | ethical practice | agency policy | exercising sound judgment | analyzing information| solving problems | disorders of infancy/early childhood | relationship-based, therapeutic practice | exercising sound judgment | self-awareness | empathy & compassion | building & maintaining relationships | service delivery systems |community resources



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.