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Video – Dr. Brazelton, 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient

Touchpoints Forum – Hotel space limited & REGISTER NOW!

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Our Forum is on May 3-4, 2013 and it is time to register and book your hotel rooms.  The hotel rooms are filling up and we only have a limited number reserved.  The last day to book is March 30th but to secure a room, call today! There is very limited rooms left for Wednesday, 5/1 so call now!

Marriott Courtyard Boston Downtown/Tremont, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Dial (617) 426-1400 and mention Brazelton Touchpoints/Childrens Hospital to get our negotiated rate of $169+tax/night.  Make reservations now, our rate is only guaranteed until March 30th (based on availability).

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A Message from Every Child Matters Education Fund: Congress Takes Food from Mothers and Babies

A message from Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters Education Fund:

Despite the high stakes, yet another day has gone by and Congress is still set to allow a series of automatic budget cuts starting on Friday that punishes millions of children. Congress continues to fail in its job to reach agreement on responsible deficit reduction.

These cuts, among many, will occur unless Congress acts:

  • Taking nutrition aid from 600,000 pregnant women and infants
  • Revoking rental housing assistance from 125,000 low income families
  • Booting 70,000 three and four year olds from the Head Start early education program
  • Denying child care assistance to 30,000 children
  • Ending services to 1,200,000 low income students in Kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Canceling treatment for mental illness for 373,000 adults and children

These cuts will cost Americans 700,000 jobs, placing greater strains on families. These cuts don’t have to happen. We need you to get involved right now. Call your member of Congress and tell them to stop these mindless cuts. These cuts are bad for children, bad for families, and bad for America. There is no economic and policy rationale for making them and they must be stopped.

Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters Education Fund

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Awarded Presidential Citizens Medal at White House ceremony

 

On February 15, President Obama awarded Dr. Brazelton the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor.

Greetings came in from all over the world congratulating Dr. Brazelton, who will turn 95 this spring, and recognizing the impact of his life’s work and his continuing commitment to children, families and entire communities through the work of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

“Promoting healthy development starts at a child’s earliest moments, and Dr.Brazelton has tirelessly advocated for the need to invest in vulnerable children as early as possible, in order to ensure success throughout pre-school, kindergarten, and beyond,” said Susan Buffett, visionary and philanthropic leader in the field of early childhood, both in Nebraska and nationwide, and founder of the Sherwood Foundation and Buffett Early Childhood Fund. “Under his lead, we’ve made ground-breaking strides toward optimizing children’s healthy development from day one, when a child’s learning begins.”

Dr. Brazelton’s work reflects a critical focus of President Obama’s agenda in the second-term. The President highlighted in his State of the Union Address last week the importance of promoting children’s early learning and guaranteeing high-quality preschool programs for all children, despite family income.

 

What the EITC means for children

A message from Michael Petit, President, Every Child Matters Education Fund:

Did you know that In 2010, the EITC lifted about 6.3 million people out of poverty, including about 3.3 million children? The poverty rate among children would have been nearly one-quarter higher without the EITC. The EITC lifts more children out of poverty than any other program.

According to the IRS, “…workers eligible for EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, can receive up to $5,891 by claiming the credit on their 2012 Federal tax returns. They can receive even more if they live in a state with a similar credit.”

The EITC reduces poverty by supplementing the earnings of workers with low wages and low earnings. There has been broad bipartisan agreement that a two-parent family with two children with a full-time, minimum-wage worker should not have to raise its children in poverty. At the federal minimum wage’s current level, such a family can move above the poverty line for an average family of four only if it receives the EITC as well as SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

The IRS wants those eligible to get their “Earned Income Tax Credit” (EITC) and is urging communities to spread the word. In addition to lifting families out of poverty, the EITC is good for our local economies.

For young children, moving out of poverty is particularly important. Research has found that lifting income in early childhood not only tends to improve a child’s immediate educational outcomes, but also is associated with more schooling, more hours worked, and higher earnings in adulthood. One such study showed a link between an increase in the EITC for families with more than two children and an increase in achievement in middle childhood for children in these families.

Dr. Brazelton at the Inauguration!

TBB at inauguration

Now Available in Paperback!! – Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. Berry Brazelton

Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. Berry Brazelton is now available in paperback!

To get more information please visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118344650.html

 

Helping our children and each other come to terms with the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut

As we help our children and each other come to terms with the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and the unfathomable loss of these young children and their teachers, we have turned to these resources for healing and action:

http://www.newyorkfamily.com/how-to-talk-to-children-about-the-tragedy-in-newtown/

http://www.bmc.org/Documents/crisis-why-talk-to-children_Maria-Trozzi-Good-Grief_Dec14-2012.pdf

http://www.everychildmatters.org/

http://10thstpetition.org/

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center offers deepest condolences to the loved ones of the many lives lost.

It is our hope that together we can work toward our vision that all children will grow up to be adults who can cope with adversity, strengthen their communities, actively participate in civic life, steward our planet’s limited resources, and nurture the next generation to be prepared to do the same.

 

Sincerely,

Terry Ann Lunt, MPA

Executive Director