Winter Newsletter February 2018

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Brazelton Touchpoints Center Announces New Partnership

Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) is pleased to announce a partnership with California-based WestEd, a leader in improving learning and healthy development at all stages of life. BTC will deliver comprehensive professional development programming to early educators throughout the state of California. Following a competitive application process, First 5 California (F5CA), also known as the California Children and Families Commission, awarded WestEd a contract through which BTC will train more than 1,600 stakeholders in family engagement strategies, with a goal of building individual and organizational capacity to better serve children and families.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience from its signature intensive family engagement program, Touchpoints, BTC will collaborate with WestEd to develop and deliver evidence-based training and resources that help early educators integrate proven family engagement strategies into their interactions with parents and families.  This training will enhance the capacity of early educators and organizations to build strong relationships with families, deepen their understanding of the issues facing young children and parents, and integrate innovative care and engagement strategies into their daily practice. In addition, by using a train-the-trainer model, the partnership will certify 125 family engagement trainers who will deliver ongoing professional development throughout California, further bolstering the long term impact of this project.

“Through this collaborative partnership, BTC and WestEd will catalyze and strengthen early education by building the skills of individual educators, while enhancing organizational capacity and creating systemic impact through new knowledge, evidence-based practices, and extensive support infrastructure such as virtual peer communities and an on-line resource library,” said Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. “As a result, children and families across California will benefit from these investments in early education, creating transformational change in communities throughout the state.”

About the Partners:

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center was founded in 1996 by T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and colleagues, and is based in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. A pioneer in the field of child development and pediatrics whose keen insights and observations fundamentally changed the way we understand and approach child development and family engagement, Dr. Brazelton’s work continues today, embodied in the Center that bears his name. Working 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. Since 2010, BTC has been the home of the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. More information on our programs can be found at www.brazeltontouchpoints.org.

WestEd

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, working in education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, WestEd aims to improve educational and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults. More information about WestEd and its innovative work can be found online at www.wested.org.

ABOUT First 5 California

First 5 California was established in 1998 when voters passed Proposition 10, which taxes tobacco products to fund services for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. First 5 programs and resources are designed to educate and support teachers, parents, and caregivers in the critical role they play during a child’s first five years – to help California kids receive the best possible start in life and thrive. For more information, please visit www.ccfc.ca.gov.

 

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Mental Health Awareness Month!

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health from birth, which is essential to a child’s healthy development. The theme for 2017 is “Finding Help, Finding Hope.” The focus is on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults who experience mental or substance use disorders.

Through our professional development program offerings—Family Connections, Touchpoints, and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO)—BTC empowers both “Help and Hope.”

Family Connections is an early childhood mental health consultation and professional staff development program of Boston Children’s Hospital that supports early childhood and home visiting programs in their outreach to families facing mental health challenges, particularly parental depression.

BTC also offers a blend of both Family Connections and the Brazelton Touchpoints approach to working with children and families to support social and emotional development and well-being and relationship building.

Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO), provided through the Brazelton Institute, housed at BTC, supports children’s mental health from the day of birth.

Learn more about our professional development offerings, and visit our calendar for upcoming opportunities to participate.

 

Debra Sosin, LICSW, Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

We are proud to announce that Debra Sosin, LICSW, project director for Family Connections, has received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. The award was presented at the Diversity + Justice and Alumni Awards Conference at Boston College on Friday, January 27, 2017.

You can learn more about the award here.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, speaks at White House Early Learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium

Brazelton Touchpoints Center director Joshua Sparrow, MD, participated in a panel entitled “Ensuring Inclusive practices in Early Childhood STEM” at the White House Early Learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

The symposium brought together researchers, educators, and government and business leaders to discuss the importance of STEM learning in the earliest years.

Livestream Event Featuring Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett on Addressing Community Trauma

You are invited to join Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett via live stream as part of the 26th Annual Indiana University Northwest Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect: Raising Northwest Indiana.

This event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Renée Boynton-Jarrett

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

WORKSHOP
It Takes a Village: The Vital Village Network, Addressing Community Trauma, and Connecting Systems of Care to Improve Child Wellbeing

Friday, April 29, 10:45am-12:00pm (Central)

Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett will discuss strategies for mobilizing communities by engaging families and community-based agencies in coordinated efforts to build collective will and actions to prevent childhood adversity.

The Vital Village Network uses a collective impact approach to improve community systems in order to support setting-level improvements that enhance family and community protective factors and ultimately prevent and mitigate childhood adversities and promote optimal well-being. This workshop will also review data sharing systems and barriers and challenges to operating as a backbone agency.

 

REGISTER
A limited number of spaces are available:
iunforum.wufoo.com/forms/2016-iun-forum-streaming-registration/

BONUS!
Registration also includes access to Dr. Boynton-Jarrett’s morning keynote address Preventing Adversity is Necessary but Not Sufficient: Setting a New Agenda for All Children to Thrive, Friday, April 29, 9:10-10:30am (Central).

 

Ann Coleman Stadtler, DNP, MSN, CPNP, Receives Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award from NAPNAP

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) is proud to announce that Ann Coleman Stadtler, DNP, MSN, CPNP, received the Loretta C. Ford Distinguished Fellow Award at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners (NAPNAP) Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2016. This award is named for Dr. Ford who founded the nurse practitioner movement in 1965, and recognizes a member of NAPNAP for contributions to the expansion or improvement of pediatric healthcare, and advancement of the profession of pediatric nurse practitioners at the local community, state, or regional level.

Dr. Stadtler, a nurse practitioner, is a founding faculty member of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center who led the professional development program for 20 years and is presently the Center’s director for Outreach & Network Development. She has traveled nationally and internationally sharing the Brazelton Touchpoints approach and the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system with a diverse array of practitioners. Among other current projects, Dr. Stadtler is leading a team at Boston Children’s Hospital in the development of a simulation to support nurses providing family-centered care.

“I am delighted that Ann’s contributions to the field are being recognized by this award,” said T. Berry Brazelton, MD, founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. “Ann was a key player in the team that realized the vision of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center to support children’s healthy development through their relationships, and the wellbeing, of their families.”

Dr. Stadtler was a pioneer in the nurse practitioner movement. She had a successful practice in Montgomery County, MD and credits Dr. T. Berry Brazelton for his important influence on her practice.  At Boston Children’s Hospital she was associate director of the Medical Diagnostic Programs, director of the Preschool Function Program, coordinator of the Asthma and Allergy Program and the Pain and Incontinence Program. She is one of the developers of Toilet School, a successful intervention for children who fail to toilet train by age four.

Dr. Stadtler received the Wong Hock Boon Professorship from the Singapore University Hospital, the Massachusetts March of Dimes Nurse Practitioner of the Year, the Boston Children’s Hospital’s “That’s the Spirit” award, the Touchpoints Distinguished Leader Award, and the St. Mary’s Academy Bay View Alumna of the Year. She is co-chair of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Northeastern University where she is adjunct faculty and she is a lecturer at the University of California Davis Extension–Faculty for Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, Napa, CA.

Welcome Brazelton Touchpoints Center Executive Director Jane Tewksbury

TewksburyWe are delighted to welcome Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s new Executive Director, Jane Tewksbury. For the past four years, Jane has served as Executive Director of Thrive in 5,an early childhood partnership between the City of Boston and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, focused on the health, well-being, and school readiness of all of Boston’s young children. With significant experience in executive management of both public sector and private non-profit organizations, Jane has a long and successful record of moving a vision from concept and design to policy and practice. We look forward to her leadership in advancing the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s vision for young children and their families. She will assume her new post on November 30, 2015, succeeding Terry Ann Lunt.

“I’m thrilled to have such a passionate advocate for children join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center,” said founder T. Berry Brazelton, MD.
Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh said, “I want to congratulate Jane on her new position and look forward to her and the team at Brazelton Touchpoints Center continuing their incredible work. Jane made invaluable contributions to improving early care and learning in Boston through her work at Thrive in 5.  We look forward to her continued leadership in the field.”

Working with our strong staff and board of the Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation, and in partnership with Dr. Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Jane will oversee the strategic planning and management of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and all of its programs and services, provide direction and leadership toward the fulfillment of its mission, and develop and lead the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to support the center’s expansion and revenue generation.

“I have had the privilege of working with and on behalf of some of the most vulnerable children and families in Boston,” said Jane. “I know firsthand from my work as Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services for the State of Massachusetts that we must start at the very beginning of life, and even before, to support families so that they can better support and nurture their children to reach their full potential. I am honored to join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in its 20th year of supporting children’s healthy development and early learning. Professionally and personally, for me this is a dream come true.”

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, collaborates with providers, organizations, institutions, systems of care, and communities who understand that to improve outcomes for children, they must engage more effectively with families. To reach as many families and other caregivers as possible, we work with health and education providers who partner with families during children’s most formative years. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is also home to the Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement.

“As the Executive Director of Thrive in 5, Jane has been a leader in efforts to identify young children who are at risk of falling behind and to connect them to resources that will enable them to succeed when they enter school,” said Michael K. Durkin, President at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “We are eager to continue working with Jane in her new role at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center to help ensure every child has access to a high quality educational opportunity.”

In addition to serving as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, and as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney, Jane completed a mid-career Children and Family Fellowship at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she was deployed to the Arkansas Department of Juvenile Justice and later to the Maryland Subcabinet on Children, Youth and Families, to work on state level systems reform efforts affecting disadvantaged children and families.

Jane is an appointed member of the Children’s Trust Fund board for the prevention of child abuse and of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, which oversees the appointment of counsel to represent indigent persons in the Commonwealth’s court system. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College, and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Jane is the recipient of many awards in recognition of her professional achievements and volunteer activities.

Kathryn Barnard Memorial after Zero to Three NTI in Seattle, 12/5/15

Invitation from Zero to Three: Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard

As many of you know, the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Feeding & Teaching scales were developed out of the innovative and great spirit of Dr. Kathryn Barnard. Though Kathy is no longer here, her voice lives on through the important work you are doing with young children and their families.

A “Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard” will be held Saturday December 5th at 10:00 AM at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101.

A brief reception with light refreshments will be held afterwards from 11:30-12:00.

All are welcome to join her Estate and ZERO TO THREE to remember Dr. Barnard and honor her extensive contributions to the field and to her friends, family, colleagues and community.

Here is a video of Kathy’s colleagues talking about working with her and the impact she made: https://vimeo.com/140471129

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Brazelton Touchpoints Center announces expansion of Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care partnership

National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement will impact the lives of 13 million infants and young children per year

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, in partnership with the Office of Child Care, has announced the award of $6,500,000 per year for up to five years to the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, to continue to operate a National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement (NCPFCE). After a highly competitive process and having successfully concluded its first five years of this work, Brazelton Touchpoints Center was again chosen to lead implementation of the NCPFCE, now with double the funding and even broader impact. Together with a consortium of partners-Child Trends, Child Care Aware of America and Center for the Study of Social Policy-and in service of the early care and education field and the families it serves, the NCPFCE will leverage family and community strengths to ensure children’s school readiness and success, particularly those living in poverty.

“We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary privilege of partnering with the families of 13 million children every year for the next five years to promote child health, development and school readiness at the national level,” says Joshua D. Sparrow, MD, Principal Investigator and Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The NCPFCE will develop and manage resources and provide training and technical assistance to support family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness, including transitions to kindergarten. The work of the NCPFCE will help programs support pregnant women and families with children ages birth to five years old. The work will address integrated and systemic approaches to family engagement, relationship building practices with families, consumer education, family leadership, family financial stability, and individualized support for families facing adversity. NCPFCE creates tools that support positive family and child outcomes, that are culturally and linguistically relevant and that strengthen and solidify parents’ role in the early years, by empowering them for ongoing advocacy for quality education and healthcare.

“We are at a critical time in the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s history,” adds its founder T. Berry Brazelton, MD, “as we near our 20th anniversary having successfully established the first National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement. Now more than ever before we must rise to the occasion and marshal all resources to support parents, families and entire communities in supporting children’s early learning and healthy development – right from the start.”

This partnership builds upon the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s successful earlier work leading implementation of the NCPFCE from 2010 to 2015. The Office of Head Start and NCPFCE developed the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework, a research-based approach to supporting systemic, integrated, and comprehensive parent, family and community engagement across an entire Head Start/Early Head Start organization. One of six new national centers awarded by ACF, the NCPFCE is part of a new cross-sector Early Childhood T/TA System to build the capacity in excellence of early childhood services.

Through this expanded partnership, NCPFCE will build upon Head Start’s (HS) historic commitment to parents as their child’s first teachers, and uplift the strengths that Child Care can bring to partnerships with families that advance their efforts to overcome poverty, adversity, and racial and other inequities to secure a better future for their children. NCPFCE will deepen the foundation of knowledge and exemplary practice for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Early Childhood T/TA System.

This cooperative agreement represents one of the largest federal awards to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Read the Announcements from ACF:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2015/10/launching-a-federal-training-and-technical-assistance-system

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance

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 www.brazeltontouchpoints.org.

About Child Trends

Child Trends is the nation’s leading nonprofit research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families. For 36 years, decision makers have relied on our rigorous research, unbiased analyses, and clear communications to improve public policies and interventions that serve children and families. We have more than 120 staff in three offices and multiple locations around the country, including our headquarters in Bethesda, Md. www.childtrends.org

About Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is the nation’s leading voice for child care whose mission is to advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families and represents hundreds of state and local Child Care Resource and Referrals Agencies that are on the front lines of designing and implementing innovative family and community engagement initiatives around the nation, including consumer education. CCAoA builds awareness around the continuing need for affordable child care through research and information on child care costs and quality standards. CCAoA operates Child Care Aware, which provides information, referrals, tools and resources to families seeking child care, and connects providers with resources and training to improve the quality of care they offer and is a partner on the National Center on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS CCP).http://childcareaware.org/

About the Center for the Study of Social Policy

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national organization committed to improving outcomes for children and families, especially those most often left behind. By shaping policy, reforming public systems and strengthening the capacity of communities, CSSP works to make sure that children can learn, develop and thrive with the support of strong families, in safe and healthy communities. CSSP’s work on behalf of very young children and their families has included leadership of the national Strengthening Families initiative, as well as coordination of the Early Childhood – Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC), through which local leaders develop comprehensive early childhood systems. Creating opportunity, achieving equity and producing results are central to all of CSSP’s work. http://www.cssp.org/