Event Calendar

Mar
2
Tue
WEBINAR: The Power of Observation: Connecting with Families Through the Child’s Behavior
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Connecting with families of young children can be challenging. They are busy, the children are busy, and providers are busy. When providers share with families specific details of what they notice about their child—such as their interests or temperament—they open the door to connecting. In this webinar, participants will learn specific steps for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Connecting with Families through the Child’s Behavior that you can immediately apply to your work.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • How using the child’s behavior supports family engagement
    • Strategies for using the child’s behavior to open up communication with the family

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

Mar
3
Wed
REGISTRATION FULL: Touchpoints: The How of Child and Family Engagement
Mar 3 all-day

Registration for this course is full, but we have courses beginning in May, July, and October. Registration will open soon! Sign-up for our emails to be the first to know about new offerings and webinars.

This online intensive course begins March 3, 2021!

Brazelton Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to building strong family-child relationships from before birth through age 5. Providers who implement Touchpoints in their practice partner with families to lay the vital foundation for children’s early learning and healthy development.

This online course begins on Wednesday, March 3, and consists of four modules. Each module will take approximately 6 hours to complete.

Course Format:
This course includes four online modules, followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Each module includes live synchronous webinars, online discussion, and reflection activities. View the course schedule here.

Click here to view the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Virtual Learning Readiness Checklist.

# of hours: 28

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more

What you will learn:

  • Strategies for building partnerships with parents that promote family strengths
  • Why children’s behavior can sometimes be challenging and confusing
  • Techniques for talking with families about child development concerns
  • How to actively listen to families and collaboratively solve problems related to child development or a child-family relationship

Number of participants:
Minimum of 10
Maximum of 18

Regular Price: $750

BTC Learning Network Member Price: $725
Click here to learn about joining the BTC Learning Network.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? Our facilitators can offer our courses online to your specific group. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

Mar
9
Tue
WEBINAR: Valuing Passion: Connecting with Families Around What They Care About
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Families show us a wide range of emotions, both positive and negative, as they navigate through their ever-changing experiences (e.g., routines, new skills, discipline, feeding) with their child. The negative emotions that families sometimes show can be challenging for providers to manage. Reframing these emotions as coming from a family’s passion for their child can strengthen our partnerships with families. In this webinar, we will explore ways that providers can value families’ passion. You will learn about family engagement strategies for Valuing Passion that you can immediately apply to your work.

Course Format:
Live Interactive Webinar on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 1:00 PM ET
Live Spanish Translation Available!

# of hours:
1.5 – clock hour certificate will be provided

Audience:
Professionals who work with families of young children, including child care educators, family child care providers, home visitors, pediatricians, early intervention educators, and more.

What you will learn:

    • How to recognize what a family cares about
    • How to reframe a family’s passion for the benefit of the family partnership

Number of participants:
Maximum of 500

Price:
$30/webinar or $125 for all 5 Webinars

This course is a part of the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Webinar Series. Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In this webinar series, you will explore strategies that can help you cultivate a strengths-based mindset for engaging with families and developing a shared partnership. You can register for each webinar individually or sign up for the whole series.

Would you like to bring this course or another BTC training to your program, organization, or community? BTC facilitators can offer our courses online to your community. We can also customize trainings to meet your program’s or organization’s professional development needs. Contact us today for more information: btcsitenetwork@childrens.harvard.edu

Mar
10
Wed
WEBINAR: Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Families’ Well-Being
Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On the one-year anniversary of the pandemic shutdown, we will reflect on the impact of the pandemic on families’ lives and well-being. In this webinar, we will explore how providers can identify family member behaviors that are expected responses to the pandemic, and when those behaviors may need more mental health support.

This webinar is a part of the Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series.

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed how we deliver education, health care, and other critical services to young children and their families. Even as some regions of the country are re-opening schools, child care centers, pediatric offices, and more, it is clear that many services will continue to be offered virtually.

To support family-facing providers in their virtual work with children and families, Brazelton Touchpoints Center is providing a series of free 1-hour webinars and an online learning community that will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by virtual service delivery, and share strategies providers have found for building and sustaining strong relationships with families virtually. In partnership with the Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting (RR-VHV) Collaborative, we are building on lessons learned from virtual home visiting that can benefit providers across all family-facing disciplines and sectors.

All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars. We are pairing the webinars with an online learning community where webinar participants can engage with one another and BTC facilitators around the topics and strategies discussed in the webinars. Learn from others in the field who are also navigating how to connect with young children and families virtually!

Each webinar is 1-hour long, with an optional 30-minute Q&A session at the end with at least one panelist. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars. Participants can also join the online learning community, where you can access recordings of webinars you have missed.

All webinars include live Spanish translation and closed captioning for interested participants. 

This webinar series is made possible in part by the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Overdeck Family Foundation, and our community of supporters.

Mar
15
Mon
WEBINAR: Parenting While Black: Becoming a Family, Part I
Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This free webinar series will offer honest conversations for Black parents and between Black parents. Join the open conversations with inspiring guests. We hope the Parenting While Black series will provide a welcoming space for sharing strengths-based and culturally responsive ideas.  The series will cover issues important to raising Black children and families, including but not limited to:

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing the “differences”
  • Raising resilient and culturally strong Black children
  • Mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond (i.e., depression, anxiety, grief, anger)
  • Navigating pregnancy, fertility, and birth options
  • Health inequities for Black families
  • Developmental process and disabilities across the early years
  • Strategies for building and maintaining resilience in Black children and families

During each session, participants will be invited to reflect and share their experiences as Black families.

Each webinar is 1-hour long and will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at Brazelton Touchpoints Center. 

Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Webinar 3: Becoming a Family, Part I
Monday, March 15, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

How are we navigating pregnancy, fertility, and available birth options for ourselves as Black expectant families? During this conversation, we will talk about fertility, pregnancy, the birth process, and options for expectant families. Tips on embracing your emotions and changing nutritional needs, including the unspoken presence of eating disorders in our communities will be presented. You will learn about strategies and concrete steps you can take to advocate for yourself before, during, and after pregnancy and birth.

Register here

Mar
17
Wed
WEBINAR: Disrupting Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Programs
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning for a third season of engaging dialogue, BTC’s Learning to Listen: Conversations for Change features luminaries across the family-facing fields exploring the current and emerging issues facing children and families today.

Each webinar is 1-hour long with an interactive Q&A session. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Registration is free and live Spanish language translation is offered at all conversations. 

Disrupting Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Programs

This presentation will provide an overview of implicit bias in early childhood environments and its impact on interactions and relationship building.  Participants will engage in strategies to reduce implicit bias and examine and explore stressful situations in the early childhood environment that are most likely to be influenced by implicit bias. ‘White Spaces’ will be discussed as areas where implicit bias lives and is expressed.

Dr. Rosemarie Allen is a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. She is the Equity Expert for 9News KUSA with a weekly segment on racial equity at all levels of society. Dr. Allen is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” connecting with world leaders in early childhood across the globe. Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Long Beach, Master’s of Education from Lesley University, and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. She has also earned Post-Doctoral Certificates on Racial Equity from the University of Pennsylvania and the National Conference of Diversity and Equity.

Mar
24
Wed
WEBINAR: Challenging Conversations with Families Virtually
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s easy when it’s easy, and it’s hard when it’s hard. Stress, trauma, work schedules, and the new and changing restrictions for the care and education of young children are affecting everyone. For providers and the families with whom we work, life these days feels overwhelming. Finding ways to have challenging conversations with families offers opportunities for us to deepen our relationship with them. In this webinar, you will learn strategies you can immediately use in your work to engage families in challenging conversations virtually.

This webinar is a part of the Virtual Service Delivery Webinar Series.

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed how we deliver education, health care, and other critical services to young children and their families. Even as some regions of the country are re-opening schools, child care centers, pediatric offices, and more, it is clear that many services will continue to be offered virtually.

To support family-facing providers in their virtual work with children and families, Brazelton Touchpoints Center is providing a series of free 1-hour webinars and an online learning community that will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by virtual service delivery, and share strategies providers have found for building and sustaining strong relationships with families virtually. In partnership with the Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting (RR-VHV) Collaborative, we are building on lessons learned from virtual home visiting that can benefit providers across all family-facing disciplines and sectors.

All professionals who work with families of young children—including those who work in health care, early care and education, early intervention, child welfare, and family support—are encouraged to attend these webinars. We are pairing the webinars with an online learning community where webinar participants can engage with one another and BTC facilitators around the topics and strategies discussed in the webinars. Learn from others in the field who are also navigating how to connect with young children and families virtually!

Each webinar is 1-hour long, with an optional 30-minute Q&A session at the end with at least one panelist. Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars. Participants can also join the online learning community, where you can access recordings of webinars you have missed.

All webinars include live Spanish translation and closed captioning for interested participants. 

This webinar series is made possible in part by the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Overdeck Family Foundation, and our community of supporters.

Mar
25
Thu
Newborn Behavioral Observations System (NBO) Online Training
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

March 25 & 26, 2021; 9:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET each day

The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is an infant-focused, family-centered relationship-building tool designed to sensitize parents to their baby’s competencies, challenges, and individuality, with the goal of fostering the development of a positive parent-infant relationship from the very beginning. The NBO system consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioral observations, which describe the newborn’s capacities and behavioral adaptation from birth to the third month of life. The 18 NBO items include observations of the infant’s:

  • quality of motor tone and activity level
  • capacity for self-regulation (including crying and consoling)
  • response to stress (indices of the infant’s threshold for stimulation)
  • visual, auditory, and social-interactive capacities (degree of alertness and response to both human and non-human stimuli)

Importantly, the NBO is NOT an assessment but rather a structured set of shared observations designed to help the clinician and parent learn together about the infant’s behavioral capacities and identify the kind of support the infant needs for optimal growth and development. The NBO is therefore inherently interactive and family-centered, so that parents are involved as partners in the NBO session.

Course Format:
This course includes 11.5 hours of live online training workshops. Workshops include a combination of lectures, interactive video case study sessions, small-group breakout discussions, and hands-on practice with dolls. Following the workshops, two mentoring sessions will be offered at 1 month and 3 months after the live workshops. To obtain certification in the NBO, trainees submit 5 NBO Recording and Parent Summary Forms for review and critique by their faculty.

Cost: 
Non-physician $650
Physician $750

Tuition includes: 

  • access to pre-training activities and all materials
  • NBO kit
  • NBO training completion certificate
  • CME/CEU credit (11.5 hours across many disciplines)
  • two full-day or three partial-day interactive Zoom training
  • post-training follow-up reflective practice/mentoring sessions with your faculty at 1 and 3 months post-training
  • ongoing access to faculty and other participants through our online discussion forum
  • faculty review and individualized feedback of your certification materials

Learn more and register!

Mar
29
Mon
WEBINAR: Becoming a Family, Part II: Birthing while Black – The Imagined versus the Real
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This free webinar series will offer honest conversations for Black parents and between Black parents. Join the open conversations with inspiring guests. We hope the Parenting While Black series will provide a welcoming space for sharing strength-based and culturally responsive ideas.  The series will cover issues pertaining to raising Black children and families, including but not limited to:

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing the “differences”
  • Raising resilient and culturally strong Black children
  • Mental health during pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond (i.e., depression, anxiety, grief, anger)
  • Navigating pregnancy, fertility, and birth options
  • Health inequities for Black families
  • Developmental process and disabilities across the early years
  • Strategies for building and maintaining resilience in Black children and families

During each session, participants will be invited to reflect and share their experiences as Black families.

Each webinar is 1-hour long and will be moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at Brazelton Touchpoints Center. 

Participants can register for the entire series or for individual webinars.

Webinar 4: Becoming a Family, Part II: Birthing while Black – The Imagined versus the Real
Monday, March 29, 2021, 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT

When we become a family, we value all voices in all family structures. We will discuss our unique experiences as Black families,  including maternal, paternal, and infant nutrition/breastfeeding and health inequities; loss; and grief.  How do you adjust and blend two unique parenting styles to create your own? You will hear about strategies and concrete steps you can take to advocate for yourself and your family when you are feeling most vulnerable.

Register here

Apr
6
Tue
2021 National Forum: Working Together Towards Racial Equity for Children, Families, and Communities
Apr 6 – Apr 8 all-day

Please join us for three days of knowledge sharing and learning as we explore the effects of racism and trauma on children, families, and communities, and how together we can advance racial equity and justice.

This year’s Forum is virtual, and each day begins with a plenary presentation, followed by two 90-minute workshops with concurrent choices. Several workshops are repeated across the three days. Each day also includes built-in breaks and networking sessions. You can register to attend all three days, or select the days and sessions that most interest you.

All sessions will have live Spanish translation available. View the agenda and featured speakers here.

Register here.