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BTC’s Dr. Dewana Thompson on Bringing Touchpoints to School-age Settings

June 2, 2024

M. Dewana Thompson, PhD, always knew she wanted to work with children and families. She attributes much of her interest to her mother, who taught for 30 years in New York City’s public schools. “She always brought a sense of understanding to her family, that children were part of a larger system,” Dr. Thompson recalls. 

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The Expanded Child Tax Credit: A Pediatrician’s Perspective and Call to Action

May 30, 2024

“Tengo hambre,” (I’m hungry), my 4-year-old patient cried from her pregnant mother’s lap. I called the food pantry, but it was closed on a Saturday. 211, the hunger emergency line, yielded a busy tone. Would the 4-year-old eat dinner that night? How would the mother’s skipped meals impact the health of her growing fetus?

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Dr. Jayne Singer Honored with T. Berry Brazelton Award for Innovation

March 1, 2024

Jayne Singer PhD, IECMH-E®, Director of Developmental and Relational Health and Director of Clinical Training at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, received the T. Berry Brazelton Award for Innovation, given by the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Division of Developmental Medicine.

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Remembering Robie Harris: Educator, Children’s Book Author, and Freedom Fighter

February 21, 2024

Berry Brazelton’s next-door neighbor, good friend, and colleague, Robie Harris — the celebrated children’s book author, educator, and fighter for freedom of expression — died at the age of 83 on January 6, 2024. Robie was best known for her best-selling and most frequently banned of all books for children about reproduction, sexuality, and sexual health.

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Cross-Curricula Study Funded by William Penn Foundation Finds Parenting Programs Benefit Families, Children, and ECE Programs

February 12, 2024

A cross-curricula conducted by BTC researchers with a grant from the William Penn Foundation found that participating in evidence-based parenting programs helped parents and other caregivers of young children experience less stress related to depression, anxiety and isolation; reduced stress related to parenting demands; and less conflict in their relationship with their children.

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BTC, BI, and Maine Early Intervention Team Up for Families in Recovery and Infants Exposed to Substances

December 8, 2023

Early intervention providers within Maine’s Department of Education (ME DOE) are supporting the state’s youngest children affected by substance use disorder (SUD) and their families with the Touchpoints Approach and the Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO).

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Meet Mayra E. Alvarez: Advocate for Child Health Equity

September 1, 2023

Mayra E. Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit advocacy organization in California, spends every working hour, and many non-working ones, fighting for policies that will improve the health and well-being of children across her home state.

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Seven New Touchpoints Training Sites Join the BTC Learning Network

September 1, 2023

The BTC Learning Network has welcomed seven new Touchpoints Training Sites this year. Touchpoints Training Sites are organizations or systems of care that BTC prepares to deliver Touchpoints training and mentoring in their own communities.

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Celebrating the Remarkable Dr. Kevin Nugent in Dublin

August 15, 2023

Development needs relationship. This is a central theme at the Brazelton Institute, and for its founder, Dr. Kevin Nugent, this is not just an academic concept, but a way of being and a way of leading.

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The Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative Institute: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Core Funding for Sustainability & Expansion

August 1, 2023

The Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative (IELC), led by First Light Education Project and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, announces a grant of $400,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for core funding to establish the IELC Institute.

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Massachusetts Partners with BTC to Bring Touchpoints to Providers Across the State

June 7, 2023

Nearly 200 family-facing professionals across Massachusetts are participating in Touchpoints trainings, thanks to a renewed partnership between the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (MA EEC).

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Meet Brian Rosenberg: Helping Gay Men Become Fathers

June 5, 2023

When Brian Rosenberg and his husband, Ferd van Gameren, decided to start a family over 15 years ago, it was very difficult for them to find information about how gay men can become dads.

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