CANCELED — This week: Bringing PPD into the Light: Decreasing stigma, supporting families, and implementing policy change in Massachusetts


Mothers and committed leaders from across the state are gathering in Boston at the Massachusetts State House to raise awareness about the very critical issue of postpartum depression (PPD). Brazelton Touchpoints, the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO), and Family Connections will be represented by Jayne Singer, PhD, at Bringing PPD into the Light: Decreasing stigma, supporting families, and implementing policy change in Massachusetts on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
The February 11 event will take place from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, located at 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 01233. Learn more about the program and featured speakers.

Brain, Child Magazine: Touchpoints Among Top Ten Books for Parenting Children with Disabilities

Touchpoints Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development by T. Berry Brazelton , MD, and Joshua Sparrow, MD was included in Brain, Child magazine’s list of the top ten books for parents of children with disabilities, included in the magazine’s February 2015 issue.   The article’s author notes that Touchpoints “reminds us that each child is an individual and not just a symptom, disorder, or disease.”

Guess who’s almost 20?

We are! The Brazelton Touchpoints Center was founded in 1996 by T. Berry Brazelton and colleagues, to partner with families of young children and the communities and systems of care that surround them, so that all children will be healthy, succeed as early learners, and have the opportunity to thrive.

Planning for our 20th anniversary year of celebration is underway, and we are counting on your participation. We want you to be among the first to preview what’s next.

As we approach our 20th anniversary in 2016, we reflect upon our beginning work with early adopters of Brazelton Touchpoints in California, Illinois, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, and the continued growth and impact of our practice and approach. Over the past two decades, we have developed a range of professional and organizational development programs, provided training, technical assistance, and consultation to 50,000 individual child-serving practitioners in our learning network across the country, and have extended the reach of our work through the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

We are excited about our future and look forward to making our professional development offerings and convenings more robust, more accessible, and more affordable, as we consider options for the future that meet the needs of our growing learning network – that means you!

In order to do this, we are postponing the 2015 Brazelton Touchpoints National Forum. However, there will continue to be a range of professional development opportunities in the meantime.

You can always find a calendar of offerings on our website. The Brazelton Learning Network membership program offers a way for staying connected with a nationwide network of providers who share your commitment to delivering services that build upon child and family strengths, and continues your access to what’s new, the latest research, and a range of professional development opportunities that are either free with your membership or available for a nominal fee. You can sign up online today.

Thank you for being a part of our work with children and families. Stay tuned for more about the various ways (big and small!) you can be involved in our 20th anniversary…


Webinar: The New Congress and Federal Funding of Needed Services

From our friends at Every Child Matters:

The New Congress and Federal Funding for Needed Services: What You Need to Know
A Webinar: Register Now

On January 22, hear from national experts Joel Friedman and Ellen Nissenbaum of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities about how and when Congress will take up its new round of critical budget decisions (hint: it’s soon!). The new Congress has a majority that favors cuts to Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps, and many other programs, threatening services low-income people need. Support will increase for massive tax cuts favoring the wealthy and corporations, too.

This webinar will help you understand what’s at risk and what strategies can protect vital programs. You’ll also learn about do-able steps you can take to protect services from Deborah Weinstein of the Coalition on Human Needs. The moderator is Steve Savner of the Center for Community Change. There will be time for questions, and follow-up materials will be provided to all registrants.

The New Congress and Federal Funding for Needed Services:
What You Need to Know
Thursday, January 22
1:00p.m. – 2:15p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT)

Register Now:

Joel Friedman
Vice President for Federal Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Ellen Nissenbaum
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Deborah Weinstein
Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs

Steve Savner
Director of Public Policy, Center for Community Change

To register and for more information about the speakers:
Questions or issues registering? E-mail Joanna Sandager at

Watch Live Stream on Thursday, November 13! The Future of Evidence: Learning What Works and Why in Social Policy

November 13, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (ET)

Join a live stream on Thursday, November 13 for a Symposium on the Future of Evidence, hosted by Frank Farrow, Lisbeth Schorr, Joshua Sparrow and the Friends of Evidence at the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The event will explore how reform efforts in health, education, social services and community change can become both more accountable and more effective. The deliberations will examine how the growing complexity of social problems and their solutions will require new approaches to generating, analyzing and applying evidence to improve critical societal outcomes and to assure the wise allocation of scarce resources.


Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
Tony Bryk, President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Ford Foundation
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Patrick McCarthy, President, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Preview the Symposium Agenda.

For more information, download the paper: An Evidence Framework to Improve Results

Presented by the Friends of Evidence at the Center for the Study of Social Policy: Susan Bales, Anthony Bryk, Deborah Daro, Frank Farrow, Lawrence Green, John Kania, Nat Kendall-Taylor, Patti Patrizi, Charles Payne, Lisbeth Schorr, Joshua Sparrow

Watch via live stream here.

New Study Shows Head Start Helps Parents’ Education Too

According to a new study by Northwestern University researchers, Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status. “Studies on early childhood education programs have historically focused on child outcomes,” said study lead author Terri Sabol, an assistant professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. “We asked whether there could be beneficial effects for the parents,” said Sabol. The majority of research on Head Start focuses solely on children’s cognitive and social outcomes rather than on the impacts on parents. This study finds that Head Start leads to improved parent educational attainment by the time children are in kindergarten.

This research adds to the evidence base for parent and family engagement, the focus of the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Drs. Brazelton and Singer to Give Keynote at MassAIMH Event, October 24


Please view this flyer for your invitation to an exciting (and free) event acknowledging the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH).

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Jayne Singer, PhD, will be the keynote speakers.

Friday, October 24, 2014
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451


Brazelton Touchpoints Center Fall Training Institute: Mental Health Consultation & Professional Development Program for Touchpoints Trained Providers & Leaders

Join us in Boston this October for this exciting professional development opportunity!

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a two-day training program as a resource for Touchpoints trained mental health practitioners, family service workers, directors, program managers and others working with young children and their families to implement Family Connections and Touchpoints into practice in community settings.

Family Connections, developed with the support of a US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital, provides an evidence-based model for mental health consultation and professional development specifically focused on supporting providers, promoting mental health in young children and working with families facing depression and other adversities.

What participants are saying about the training program:

“Touchpoints gave my ideas and feelings a voice and meaning. Entering the classrooms with the children and teachers has been a joy. But, I have been wondering about direction and methods to be effective with mental health consultation. Thank you for providing exactly those.”

“You have brought me hope, tools & refreshed my enthusiasm to cope with/help in the one area I get most questions around Touchpoints: But what do I do when there are real mental health issues? This has been powerful for me and I can’t wait to share it with others as I know it will help them in the difficult challenges that they face on a daily basis.”

Learn more and register today!

Take Action Today: Nearly 5 Million Children May Lose Access to the Child Tax Credit

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee added a provision to this bill that will require at least one parent tax filer to have a Social Security number in order to claim the refundable tax credit. If enacted, nearly 5 million children in very low-wage families may lose access to this critical income support. Four million of those children who would lose access are U.S. citizens. The time to take action is now!

Please visit the Half in Ten website to learn more and take action!

Books Are Just a Start: New Huffington Post Blog Entry from T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Joshua Sparrow, MD

“We applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) new policy statement recommendation that “pediatric providers promote early literacy development for children beginning in infancy” (AAP Policy Statement — Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Practice. June 29, 2014). The policy statement carefully embeds reading in the larger project of early literacy development, and in infants’ relationships with their parents and other caregivers. We want to highlight here a few critical points of the AAP statement, reported on in the front page New York Times story, “Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children from Birth” (June 24, 2014), because books are just a start.”

Read the entire blog entry.