Brazelton Touchpoints Center Family Engagement Consultancy Team joins Boston K1DS!

We are pleased to share this announcement from Thrive in 5:

With funding support from the state’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, and in partnership with Thrive in 5 and the Boston Public Schools, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) Family Engagement Consultancy Team has kicked off its work with the 10 Boston K1DS programs. From January 2015 through May 2015, BTC focused on connecting with the Boston K1DS Program Directors, co-designing the Family Engagement workplan with the directors, providing on-site mentoring and coaching for the program directors and classroom teachers, and delivering their signature Touchpoints Early Education training to program staff.

Delivered to programs during two sessions, the Brazelton Touchpoints Early Education training taught early childcare professionals about the Brazelton Touchpoints approach and how to incorporate its principles into their shared caregiving with parents and families. Strategies were developed to help strengthen family engagement practices in each program.

Following the training, one Boston K1DS center’s assistant director said, “Learning about the Touchpoint[s] Guiding Principles allowed me to self-reflect and transform my mind set about family engagement. Listening to parents with an open mind and recognizing what I bring to the interaction will always be on the forefront of my mind. Also, meeting parents where they are at will be essential in a successful exchange.”

Watch the Video: American Indian College Fund Announcement at Clinton Global Initiative America

Watch the video of the announcement made on June 10, 2015 of the Commitment to Action made by the American Indian College Fund, in partnership with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at the Clinton Global Initiative America annual meeting. The organizations will work together to provide early childhood training for teachers and service providers in underserved rural Native American communities. Both organizations are committed to raising both funds for the program and awareness about the challenges facing Native families regarding early learning and care opportunities.

(The announcement can be seen starting at the 6:43 mark.)

American Indian College Fund Announces Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Commitment to Action Recognizing Partnership with Brazelton Touchpoints Center to Train Early Childhood Educators in Native Communities

Credit: Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative Closing Plenary Session: Comeback Cities  Remarks: President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States  Opening Conversation: Moderator: R.T. Rybak, Executive Director, Generation Next  Participants: Tonit Calaway, Vice President of Human Resources, Harley Davidson, Inc., President, The Harley-Davidson Foundation  Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, State of New York  Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia  Closing Conversation: Moderator: President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States  Participants: April Anderson, Co-Owner and Pastry Chef, Good Cakes and Bakes, LLC  Michael Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit  Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation

Credit: Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative

June 10, 2015, Denver, Colo.The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) announced a Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Commitment to Action for its partnership with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center today at CGI America’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The organizations will work together to provide early childhood training for teachers and service providers in underserved rural Native American communities. Both organizations are committed to raising both funds for the program and awareness about the challenges facing Native families regarding early learning and care opportunities.

Native American families living in remote, rural areas often have limited access to high-quality early childhood education for their children. This deficit is widened by other factors including underfunded education centers and programs, outdated learning resources, and lack of teacher preparation for those working with children in communities with high rates of poverty, substance abuse, youth suicide, and unemployment. Early childhood education centers serving Native communities need critical access to affordable local training options for their teachers and care providers in early learning instruction that honors tribal cultures and languages and fosters student success, student assessment, and curriculum development.

The College Fund, a nationally recognized non-profit organization providing scholarships and support for the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, which offers innovative, strength-based interventions and practices to equip families, caregivers, providers, and systems of care to successfully support all domains of children’s early learning and healthy development, will partner to train 150 early childhood care providers and educators at six TCUs to be selected in Michigan, North Dakota, and New Mexico. The program will impact more than 660 Native families and their children across six tribal nations. The College Fund and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center will collect and track data to understand the impact of the training on teachers and on the engagement with Native and rural families over time. Both organizations will share best practices in Native American and rural communities with other educators.

This CGI Commitment builds upon the College Fund’s successful earlier work training 371 early childhood teachers serving Native American communities. The work helped teachers create curriculum incorporating Native language and culture and to engage families in their children’s early childhood education. The earlier programs served 29 tribal nations and 326 children, of which at least 80% were living below the national poverty line.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund said, “The most important role of tribal families is to appropriately socialize their children in cultural ways, in how to be a good relative, and with skills to lead prosperous, productive lives. Well-trained early childhood teachers and providers ensure that families especially parents have contemporary resources to strengthen traditional child-rearing practices and give children a solid foundation for better lives. The College Fund is so pleased that this commitment and our partnership with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center will allow us to significantly expand the number of trained early childhood education providers in our communities.”

“Nation building begins with babies, children, and the families and communities who raise them. American Indian/Alaska Native early childhood educators are building nations as they build babies’ brains. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is honored to partner with the American Indian College Fund and its colleagues in tribal colleges and universities to support the development of the early childhood education workforce and a new generation of leaders who will ensure the promise of every child and family in tribal communities,” said Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Director of Brazelton Touchpoints Center, President of Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Sparrow added, “We commit to honor their vibrant cultures’ sacred sciences that guide children’s learning and healthy development and to respect the purposeful behaviors that babies offer, starting at birth, to help their parents, teachers and communities learn to raise them. In this workforce development partnership, we will bring together children’s wisdom and the teachings of elders as the foundation for the next generation of American Indian/Alaska Native leaders in early education.”


About CGI America

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 400 commitments, which have improved the lives of nearly 1.4 million people.

CGI also convenes an Annual Meeting, which brings together global leaders to take action and create positive social change, CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI will also convene CGI Middle East & Africa, which will bring together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

About The Brazelton Touchpoints Center

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center was founded in 1996 by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and colleagues and is based in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. The vision of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center is that all children grow up to be adults who can cope with adversity, strengthen their communities, constructively participate in civic life, steward our planet’s resources, and nurture the next generation to be prepared to do the same. Together with families, providers and communities, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center develops and applies knowledge of early childhood development to practice and policy through professional and organizational development, evaluation, advocacy and awareness and serving as a resource for proven practices. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is also home to the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement. Learn more at

About the American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been “Educating the Mind and Spirit” of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit

Tune in today at 3PM MT/ 5PM ET for live announcement from CGI America!

Watch the live stream from the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado at 3:00 PM MDT/5:00 PM EDT for an exciting announcement!

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“An Amazing Experience” for Special Tour Group — Leadership Associates Visit Harvard Museum

Associates in the American Indian/Alaska Native Early Childhood Community Leadership Program, part of the Tribal Touchpoints Initiative of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, were recently treated to a special tour of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University.

Read about their experience.

Dr. Brazelton Mentioned in Columbia Magazine’s Spring Issue

Dr. Brazelton is mentioned in the cover story of the Spring 2015 issue of Columbia University’s Columbia Magazine entitled “The Hippocratic Overture.”

“One of the great pediatricians of our time, T. Berry Brazelton [’43PS], stumbled onto this idea of questioning expertise. It took him a long time to understand that while we have expertise, we are not the expert on a baby. The mother is. The father is. In time, the child grows up and becomes an expert on herself,” says Stephen Nicholas in Columbia Magazine’s  Spring 2015 cover story, “The Hippocratic Overture: Students at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons are getting ready to practice. Will it make them better doctors?”

Promising Evidence that Early Head Start Can Prevent Child Maltreatment

Brazelton Touchpoints Center staff Catherine Ayoub, Jessica Dym Bartlett, and Adam Von Ende have co-authored a study and research-to-practice brief (with Rachel Chazan-Cohen and Beth Green) offering promising evidence that participation in Early Head Start can prevent child maltreatment. This study is the first examination of the impact of Early Head Start on child maltreatment.

From the Summary of Findings:

“This study used data from a subset of programs that were involved in an evaluation of Early Head Start. It found that about one in six children eligible for Early Head Start in this sample had either a substantiated report of child maltreatment or an out-of-home placement due to child maltreatment (a “child-welfare encounter”) by the time they were 13 years of age. However, children in Early Head Start had significantly fewer child welfare encounters between the ages of five and nine years than did children in the control group. Early Head Start children were also less likely to have multiple encounters and had a longer time before subsequent encounters. Additionally, compared to children in the control group, children in Early Head Start were less likely to have a substantiated report of physical or sexual abuse, but more likely to have a substantiated report of neglect. There was some evidence (a non-significant statistical trend) that Early Head Start children had fewer total child welfare encounters. These findings suggest that Early Head Start may be effective in reducing child maltreatment among low-income children, in particular, physical and sexual abuse. These findings have been published in peer reviewed literature.”

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center has delivered professional development, early child care and education training, and technical assistance to more than 175 child care centers and family child care programs and to more than 160 Head Start/Early Head Start centers or programs (including home-based programs) in 40 states and 15 tribal sovereign nations.  In 2010, the Office of Head Start National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement was established at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Additional information and resources.

Brazelton Touchpoints Partners with The Raising of America documentary series

We are pleased to partner with the forthcoming documentary series, The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation.

“Most hard-working American families do everything they can for their children’s sake. Yet more and more are finding that no matter how hard they try, they just can’t provide for their children’s basic needs, putting our nation’s future in jeopardy,” says Joshua Sparrow, MD. “Raising America shines a light on these families’ everyday heroism, the hope and potential that live inside every child, and the practical steps that we all can take to get our country back on the road to progress before it’s too late.”

To learn more about the series, how to host or find a screening in your community, and how to take action, visit


Joshua Sparrow, MD, talks about Baby College on NPR – Boosting Education for Babies and their Parents

The Harlem Children’s Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. One of the Harlem Children’s Zone programs is The Baby College, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this spring. The Baby College, a program for expectant parents and those with kids up to the age of three, teaches subjects such as baby-proofing, nutrition, brain development and communication skills.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and the famed pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, MD, helped create the Baby College curriculum.

“When parents don’t feel isolated, when they don’t feel alone, and they feel like they’ve got the support from others in their community, they’re much more likely to be able to be warm and responsive and sensitive in their interactions with their children,” he says.

Read more and listen to the story on NPR’s website.

JUST ADDED! Family Connections Training Program: A Systemic Mental Health Consultation and Professional Development Model

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is offering a two-day training program on May 29-30, 2015 as a resource for mental health practitioners, educational and  family service worker supervisors, 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 provides an evidence-based, system-wide 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. It was developed with the support of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital.

For more information, visit our calendar!