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

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.


A limited number of spaces are available:

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:

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:

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 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.

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).

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.

In Memory of Christina L. Brazelton

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that I share the news that Dr. Brazelton’s beloved wife of 66 years, Chrissy, passed away peacefully at home in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She is survived by her husband, their four children and grandchildren. Read more.

Please join me in offering Dr. Brazelton and his family our most heartfelt sympathy.
Information about services and expressions of sympathy may be found here.

Very truly yours,

Terry Ann Lunt, MPA
Executive Director

Step Up for Kids on October 6: Special Message from Every Child Matters

October 6 is the date that Every Child Matters has set for Step Up for Kids 2015! As in the past, if a different date nearby suits you and your organization better, we won’t hold you exactly to the 6th.

We’ve been sponsoring Step Up for Kids nationally since 2008, working with organizations in each state to draw attention to kids’ needs. Once again, we’re looking for groups to spotlight those needs through events that are fun and family-friendly, with a serious message.

If that sounds like you, we’re ready to provide the materials and direction you may need: t-shirts, how-to guides, conference calls, media help, even a small stipend!

This year’s presidential candidate selection process is turning attention to kids’ issues. The parents and children agenda is taking center stage, with Robert Putnam’s book, Our Kids, generating candidate and media talk about the “opportunity gap” separating affluent kids from those who are less affluent when it comes to their chances for life success, and with Iowa voters telling the state’s top pollster that their number-one priority is the well-being, health and education of children.

Please help us draw attention to the needs of children in your state. Let us know as soon as possible if your organization might be interested in taking the lead in your state, or if you wish to recommend another group. We may even consider providing stipends to more than one group per state.

We can tailor materials to your state and event, with logos and branding opportunities for all participating groups.

Need more information? Check out our Step Up FAQs here. Please direct any replies or questions to Ursula Ellis in our Washington office at, or at 202-223-2443.

Thank you! –Brian Ahlberg


Please complete the short questionnaire below to apply for the $500 stipend we offer to a leading organization in each Step Up state, and return to Ursula Ellis at




Your Name:


Phone #:


Describe briefly the event you plan to host as part of the 2015 Step Up for Kids day. Please include any preliminary thoughts on:

  • location
  • type of event
  • speakers
  • cosponsors
  • anticipated audience

Signer agrees to send ECM a final update of the event with photos and press clippings or links to articles.
Authorized Signer for the non-profit lead organization


To help you in thinking about your event, here are ECM’s general goals for Step Up:
• Raising public awareness of the needs of children and families.
• Getting candidates and elected officials at every level of government to present their plans for shifting spending priorities towards families and children.
• Getting the media to cover the children and family issues and how state and federal governments are making the policy decisions to meet their needs.
• Making America’s children a national political and policy priority.
• Closing the gap that has formed over the years in our investments in children.
• Using it as a non-partisan launch to encourage non-voters to register and everyone to vote with kids’ well-being in mind.
• Distributing ECM materials before, during, and after the event.

What the event should/could look like:
ECM encourages each lead group and partners to come up with an event design that will work best for their state. The event should be fun but have a serious message. It should not focus solely on one issue but cover a gamut of overarching problems and needs, such as poverty; abuse and neglect; lack of health care, including oral health; access to quality early care and learning; access to after-school programs, etc.
• When? On or around September 23.
• Where? When feasible on the steps of the state capitol building. (Other venues have included state fairs, large public parks, etc.)
• Focus? Children’s needs/issues in the state.
• Audience/Participants? Children’s advocates, including service providers (early education teachers, child care providers, after-school personnel, members of the medical community) parents, grandparents, children, legislators, other public officials, members of the media.
• Speakers? Service providers, advocates, experts, families and children with their own stories, a pediatrician…. It would be helpful if one of the speakers is well-known enough to draw media attention.
• Entertainment & Refreshments? Absolutely. Previous events have included performances, games and activities for children, tours of the state capitol, give-away items, etc. Many states have received donated refreshments for their events.

Please complete the following and return to Ursula Ellis at
Your Name:
Phone #:
Describe briefly the event you plan to host as part of the 2015 Step Up for Kids day. Please include any preliminary thoughts on:
• location
• type of event
• speakers
• cosponsors
• anticipated audience
Signer agrees to send ECM a final update of the event with photos and press clippings or links to articles.

Authorized Signer for the non-profit lead organization


Brian Ahlberg
Every Child Matters Education Fund

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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.)