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

Special Notice: Upcoming presentations and invitation to gather with members of our learning community at national conferences

Are you planning to attend NAEYC’s Annual Conference (November 20-23 in Washington, DC) or Zero to Three’s National Training Institute (December 11-14 in San Antonio, TX)?

We are pleased to share information about presentations at these conferences by our Brazelton Touchpoints family and opportunities to “meet and greet” other members of our learning community.


NAEYC Annual Conference presentations by:

John Hornstein on 11/20/13 – Teaching & Instructional Practices

Betty Bardige on 11/21/13 – Language & Literacy

Kori Bardige on 11/21/13  – Children with Disabilities


Zero to Three National Training Institute presentations by:

Claudia Quigg on 12/12/13 – Access for New Immigration Children; Early Intervention with New Refugee Families


Please send us an email to let us know if you are planning to be there, and we’ll pick a gathering place and time.

We look forward to seeing you!


NY Times: Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing publishes special tribute to Dr. Brazelton

In August, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing published a Special Issue on Infant Mental Health (Vol. 26, Issue 3) with numerous tributes to T. Berry Brazelton, MD. Tribute articles by Brazelton Touchpoints Center faculty include Kristie Brandt, J. Kevin Nugent and Joshua Sparrow.

Subscription holders and Wiley Online Library members can access the complete issue and individual articles at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcap.2013.26.issue-3/issuetoc

Call to action from Every Child Matters

A special message from our friends at Every Child Matters:

In 2011, Congress narrowly averted an economic crisis and passed the Budget Control Act. In it, they created a committee to recommend a series of budget cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit. If the committee failed to come to an agreement, there would be across the board budget cuts, something people in Washington call the “sequester.” Needless to say, Congress failed to produce an agreement, and the mindless cuts began last March even though the deficit has rapidly fallen as the economy has improved. These cuts will continue for the next nine years unless Congress acts.

On August 19, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that as a result of Congress’s inability to govern in a way that makes sense, 57,000 three- and four-year-olds will not be able to participate in the early childhood education and nutrition program Head Start this fall. These cuts will not save the country any money. These children will start school behind, they will not participate in the healthy nutrition programs that are part of Head Start, and they are placed at greater risk of entering the criminal justice system later in life.

Head Start programs across the country eliminated services for 57,000 children in the coming school year to balance budgets diminished by the federal sequester, cutting 1.3 million days from Head Start center calendars and laying off or reducing pay for more than 18,000 employees, according to federal government data scheduled for release Monday.

Most programs did completely cut services to some children. The sequester “also impacted how many staff kept their jobs, how many dental screenings and health screenings are available and what happens to those families as we go into a new school year,” the official said.

This budgetary recklessness hurts children and must stop. Congress created their so-called “sequester,” and they have the power to end it. And end it they must. Call your member of Congress (provide link) and tell them three simple words – “Cancel the Sequester!” It harms children, it eliminates jobs, and it doesn’t save the country any money. Congress needs to hear this over and over again until they finally do something.

Michael Petit
Every Child Matters Education Fund

Every Child Matters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to make children a national political priority. For more information, visit www.everychildmatters.org.

Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children – Sept 11 Webinar

The Healthy Child Care America, Child Care Health Partnership and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care are pleased to announce a webinar on:

Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mountain
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern

Registration: https://citrix.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1021800

An overview of the structure and content of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children will be presented. Stepping Stones was developed to be used by multiple audiences to prevent harm and adverse outcomes in children in all early care and education settings. Learn how Stepping Stones can be used as a risk assessment tool for early education and child care programs, gap analysis tool for licensing standards, and training assessment tool for health consultants.

Presenter: Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP

Who should attend:

  • Early Education and Child Care Providers
  • Head Start Teachers and Administrators
  • Child Care Health Consultants
  • Head Start Health Managers
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive System Coordinators
  • State Administrators
  • Trainers
  • Technical Assistance Contractors

Participation in this Webinar is free. The Webinar will be recorded and posted to the Healthy Child Care America Web site, www.healthychildcare.org, for later viewing.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation with the completion of an online Webinar evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be available when the Webinar closes. Please allow 6-weeks for the certificate to be emailed to the email address you provide at registration. Please note: participants MUST complete the on-line evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Only participants who view the LIVE Webinar will be eligible for a certificate.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with information on how to join the Webinar on September 11th. The Webinar will last approximately 60 minutes.

Children’s Trust Fund 21st Annual A View from All Sides Conference

Please join the Children’s Trust Fund and register now to attend the 21st Annual “A View from All Sides” Conference, November 4 & 5, 2013.

This high-quality and affordable conference brings together family support professionals from across Massachusetts for an in-depth examination of cutting-edge theories and promising practices in the fields of family support and parenting education.

Please respond by clicking the link below. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of New England’s premier family support training conference!


Monday, November 4, 2013 8:00 AM – Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:00 PM
Eastern Time Zone

Royal Plaza, Best Western Hotel
181 Boston Post Road, West Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

Register By:
Friday, October 18, 2013

Special Note: All registration for the conference is through an online registration system. This registration process is completely secure. By completing and submitting your registration, you authorize Friends of Children’s Trust Fund to process your payment and charge your credit card for the total payment due for your registration. If paying by purchase order, the purchase order number should be provided by the organization responsible for payment and must be included with each registration.

Questions? Contact Janel Mackey at janel.mackey@state.ma.us or 617-502-8742.

National Pediatric Innovation Summit and Awards – September 26 & 27

National Pediatric Innovation Summit and Awards 2013

Taking on Tomorrow will convene top thought leaders to distill the successes and address the tough challenges that continue to confront pediatric health care.

Leading clinicians, scientists, engineers and leaders in industry, private equity and health care policy will engage in panels and “town hall” discussions—collectively taking on problems that no single organization, agency or company can solve alone.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital will participate in the summit as judges for the Community/Patient Empowerment award. Taking on Tomorrow will also recognize the most pioneering advances in the categories of Clinical Innovation and Research/Scientific Breakthroughs in Autism.

Boston Children’s Hospital will host its first annual Taking on Tomorrow: A National Pediatric Innovation Summit and Awards 2013 on September 26th and 27th at The Seaport Hotel in Boston.

Register today to join this dynamic dialogue, connect with professionals in other sectors and help transform medicine for the future.

Brazelton Op-Ed: Listen to the baby

It’s time to Rally4Babies

We encourage you to read the message below from our friends at ZERO TO THREE and watch Dr. Brazelton’s message in support of this effort to expand early learning, starting at birth.

When infants and toddlers get a strong start, our nation prospers. So let’s Rally4Babies and show that we’re a country that believes in giving everyone a fair shot at opportunity.

Unfortunately, too many young children fall behind even before they step into the pre-kindergarten classroom. And yet there’s a common sense solution: we can invest in high-quality early learning and child development services that begin at birth.

You can send a clear message to Congress and the Administration to support expanded investments in high-quality early learning opportunities for infants and toddlers.

Sign the petition and learn more about the July 8th Rally4Babies at http://www.rally4babies.org.

Without the chance to participate in high-quality early childhood development and learning programs, gaps can appear early, sometimes even before a child’s first birthday. Kids who start out disadvantaged often stay behind, leading to wide gaps in educational achievement based on income and other socio-economic factors.

Urge our elected leaders to ensure every baby, toddler, and young child is on the path to school readiness. Click here to sign your name.

Learning happens from the start, and so should our investments in children.


Matthew Melmed
Executive Director