Free Webinar! Foundations of Early Childhood Development: It’s All About Relationships

John Hornstein, EdD, of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and Rivkah Sass, of the Sacramento Public Library will be presenting a webinar entitled Foundations of Early Childhood Development: It’s All About Relationships on Thursday, April 10 at 3:00 PM EDT.

This webinar, intended for librarians and library staff who interact with families of young children, will orient participants to the Touchpoints approach to child development. The discussion will include identifying the themes of development that operate when parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers bring their children to libraries. We will also examine how libraries can respond to families by focusing on parent-child relationships, and supporting parental mastery.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize developmental themes of Infancy, Toddlerhood, and Preschool
  • Support parent-child relationships
  • Support parental mastery

 

This webinar, hosted by Infopeople, is free of charge. To find out more and register, visit Infopeople.org.

 

Tax Day is Approaching! Share These Tax Programs That Benefit Families

Federal and state tax credits for low- and moderate-income workers can help them keep more of their income to support their families. Research shows that there is a close link between family income and later outcomes, and increasing a family’s income by $3,000 annually over the course of several years can boost children’s achievement significantly.

Please help spread the word in your community about available tax resources, including free tax preparation and filing assistance.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit for working low- and moderate-income individuals and couples, particularly those with children. The Tax Year 2013 maximum credit is $6,044.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a tax credit that can increase the tax refund for families with children under age 17. For Tax Year 2013, the maximum credit is $1,000 per qualifying child.

Download and share this informational flyer from the National Community Tax Coalition. For more information about the EITC and CTC credits, please visit EITCoutreach.org.

For free personalized tax help, please visit irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you.

To file tax returns online for free, please visit myfreetaxes.com/NCTC.

For additional information or services in your area. Please contact the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) at info@tax-coalition.org or 312-273-1910, or visit their website tax-coalition.org.

Spread the Word: Tax Credits and Resources That Benefit Families

Together, we can help families maximize their tax refunds and benefit from available IRS tax credit programs, as well as connect them with free help preparing and filing their taxes. Please help spread the word by sharing these resources with your community.

Download and share this informational flyer from the National Community Tax Coalition.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit for working low- and moderate-income individuals and couples, particularly those with children. The Tax Year 2013 maximum credit is $6,044.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a tax credit that can increase the tax refund for families with children under age 17. For Tax Year 2013, the maximum credit is $1,000 per qualifying child.

Federal and state tax credits for low- and moderate-income workers can help them keep more of their income to support their families. Research shows that there is a close link between family income and later outcomes, and increasing a family’s income by $3,000 annually over the course of several years can boost children’s achievement significantly

For more information about the EITC and CTC credits, please visit EITCoutreach.org.

For free personalized tax help, please visit irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you.

To file tax returns online for free, please visit myfreetaxes.com/NCTC.

For additional information or services in your area. Please contact the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) at info@tax-coalition.org or 312-273-1910, or visit their website tax-coalition.org.

Reflections on T. Berry Brazelton, MD’s Influence on Pediatric Nursing

In November 2013, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing (Vol. 26, Issue 4) published an article entitled “Reflections on T. Berry Brazelton, MD’s Influence on Pediatric Nursing” by Ann Coleman Stadtler, Kristie A. Brandt, Julie C. Novak, and Michelle A. Beauchesne.

Subscription holders and Wiley Online Library members can access the article and complete issue at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcap.2013.26.issue-4/issuetoc.

CEUs Now Awarded for NBO Training!

We are pleased to announce that three Continuing Education Units will be awarded through the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education on completion of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training program.

All trainees who sign up for the NBO training program are eligible to apply for continuing education credit, which will be awarded upon completion of the program. All trainees also receive a certificate of completion, issued by the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and signed by faculty members.

For more information on NBO training, please click here.

Free Webinar with Joshua Sparrow, MD, Offered by Early Childhood Investigations

Early Childhood Investigations is offering a free webinar on Wednesday. February 19, 2014, hosted by Joshua Sparrow, MD, Director of Strategy, Planning, & Program Development, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Join this webinar to learn how to enhance your program’s efforts to empower both families and teachers to promote children’s health, education, and well-being.

For more information, and to register, please visit the Early Childhood Investigations website.

Good News for Head Start/Early Head Start

Announcement from the National Head Start Association:

Your support for Head Start and the National Head Start Association (HNSA) has led to Congress doing the right thing and restoring the Head Start/Early Head Start funding that was cut by sequester, and even investing in expanding quality services to the youngest and most under served children. Given the resources, the choices were tough and we are grateful that the future of the most vulnerable children was among the commitments that were kept.

Since March 2013, you have been hearing through the media (and from NHSA through our fact sheets) about the damage that sequester cuts caused to Head Start programs and the pain this inflicted on families, staff, and communities. We are encouraged that there was enough caring and commitment among decision makers to provide resources with which to begin to restore the massive cuts that led to reductions in days of instruction, transportation, family services, and to closed centers.

We realize this “recovery” might be a long journey. Since 2009, Head Start has experienced many changes with which it meets and exceeds the highest standards of early childhood education. The sequester cuts represented an unexpected and unfortunate setback to the capacity of our programs to soar along this trajectory.

Although the budget deal only mitigated the sequester for FY14 and FY15, we are hopeful that Congress will not resume destructive funding cuts in subsequent years.

For more information, please visit www.nhsa.org.

 

Call to Action from Every Child Matters: Congress Fails to End Mindless Budget Cuts

On Tuesday, December 10, the lead Congressional budget negotiators reached a deal on the federal budget for 2014 and 2015. They agreed to lift the automatic spending caps known in Washington as “the sequester.” These mindless automatic cuts have savaged important health, education, and child safety programs like Head Start and the Women and Children’s Nutritional Program (WIC), among numerous others. While the deal is a good start, Congress did not do what they should have: end these mindless cuts. Instead, they extended the “sequester” through 2023, so children years away from being born will continue to be harmed by these decisions. In addition, Congress did nothing to stop 1.3 million unemployed adults from losing their unemployment insurance on January 1.

While we don’t outright oppose this deal, we will spend the next year urging Congress to deal with the millions of children living in poverty, lacking access to nutrition programs and quality health care, and denied preschool education, child care, and after-school programs.

Regarding unemployment insurance, please call now, toll-free: 1-888-245-0215. You’ll be connected to the U.S. Capitol switchboard, and operators will connect you to your Representative’s* and Senators’* offices.

Tell them:

Please DO NOT leave for your holiday recess without renewing federal unemployment insurance—1.3 million long-term jobless workers will be affected immediately, and 4.9 million altogether through 2014. Congress has never turned its back on the jobless while there were so many long-term unemployed.

*Don’t know your Rep’s name? Go here, and enter your zip code, top right. For your Senators, go here and select your state, top right.

Michael Petit
President
Every Child Matters Education Fund

For more information about Every Child Matters, please visit their website.

Special Opportunity! Touchpoints Professional Development Program Offered in Conjunction with NAPNAP Conference

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) are pleased to offer the Brazelton Touchpoints Professional Development Program in conjunction with the NAPNAP Annual Conference, taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 11-14, 2014.

The Touchpoints Individual Level Training Program is a special two-day professional development workshop followed by six one-hour case-based sessions over a six-month period. This program is for nurses interested in incorporating the Touchpoints Practice Model philosophy and strategies into their individual practice with families. Participants will learn the key concepts of the Touchpoints Practice Model of Child and Family Development, as well as its Relational Framework of collaborating with parents.

Training will be led by Touchpoints faculty Ann C. Stadtler, DNP, RN, CPNP, Director, Site Development & Training, Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Thursday, March 13         8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, March 14              8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Followed by six case-based teleconferences over the following three to six months.

Earn 21.0 contact hours upon completion of the series. 

Registration Fees
NAPNAP member: $600, Nonmember: $650. A student rate is not available for this course. Registration fee includes beverage breaks; lunch is on your own. If registrants are interested in attending the annual conference on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Brazelton Touchpoints Professional Development Program on Thursday and Friday, a bundled registration is available: NAPNAP member: $800, Nonmember: $850.

TO REGISTER, please visit the NAPNAP Annual Conference website. The full conference brochure is available here.

 

Bipartisan bill acknowledges learning needs of babies and toddlers.

This infographic from Zero to Three gives a summary of infant-toddler provisions of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013. (Click the image to enlarge.)