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July 7, 2015
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.”