Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Horizons for Homeless Children Partner to Promote Healthy Child and Family Development

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC), a non-profit organization focused on ensuring that every child will be healthy, succeed as early learners and have the opportunity to thrive, is pleased to welcome Horizons for Homeless Children (Horizons) to the BTC Site Network, a national learning community of organizations, practitioners, and systems of care actively using the Touchpoints Approach in their family engagement strategies.

Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of young homeless children and their families through high quality early education, comprehensive family support services, opportunities for play, and advocacy work.  In delivering these services, Horizons reaches more than 2,000 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through three early education centers and more than 120 shelter-based Playspaces.

The experience of homelessness is a traumatic one, particularly for young children experiencing family homelessness.  Through its work with homeless children and families, Horizons has learned firsthand how important an understanding of early childhood development is in helping young children overcome the impact of their negative experiences.

In recognizing the need for its staff to have a deeper understanding of early childhood development, BTC is delivering Touchpoints professional development to Horizons staff.  Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach and training program for family-facing professionals that facilitates a strengths-based mindset to more effectively engage families, giving Horizons staff a toolkit of strategies, tactics, principles and perspectives that helps them engage families and support positive developmental outcomes.

Learn more about our partnership here!

New Paper Published by Dr. Catherine Ayoub on the Effects of Maltreatment on Children’s Communications

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Remembering Marlies Zammuto

The Brazelton Touchpoints community mourns the loss of Marlies Zammuto, a colleague, mentor, friend, and lifetime advocate for children and families.

“The key to life is truly living, not just existing. Please take the time for self-care and make room for fun and joy every day. It can sustain you over the most difficult challenges. Thanks to all my family and friends who bring so much sweetness and joy into my life.” – Marlies Zammuto

You can follow this link to see pictures of Marlies enjoying every moment of the life she lived:
If you would like to share your own memories of Marlies, please follow this link and include your stories and pictures if you like. The link takes you to a Google Doc that will include everyone’s memories from across the network.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center is Hiring for a New Managing Director – Join Our Team Today and Make a Difference!

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) seeks a Managing Director with passionate commitment to BTC’s mission, to oversee and manage key aspects of operations and programs, including data driven operationalization and implementation of strategic plans and priorities, and cross-learning and integration across BTC’s rich and varied professional development, organizational learning and change, research and evaluation, and communications and marketing programs.

See full job description here.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center September Newsletter

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Statement on Keeping Families Together


An Executive Order was signed on Wednesday, June 20 that may be a small step toward acknowledging that the recent policy changes forcing the separation of immigrant families crossing our borders are unacceptable, and that their consequences have been catastrophic. The practices resulting from those policies have caused acute and severe suffering for infants, toddlers, young children, and their families, and put their long-term health and mental health at risk.

It is critical to be clear that this Executive Order does not specify if, when, and how the more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their families beginning in May will be reunited with them. It does not address the need for treatment that these children and their families now need as a result of these traumatic separations. And it does not lay out a clear path for keeping families who have not yet been separated together, in conditions that are safe and healthy for infants and children.

This Executive Order, a first small acknowledgment of preventable harm that has already been done, is the result of your – all of our – leadership and advocacy on behalf of infants, children, and families – regardless of their citizenship status. But the fate of these children, and those who have not yet been separated from their families, will depend on our continued mobilization, and the unity of our voices. We must stay vigilant and persistent on this issue, and all issues that are damaging to children’s futures, and to their wellbeing today.

Together we can carry the momentum forward in support of ALL family-first and family-friendly policies. You can be an agent of change for families in a wide variety of ways, for example, by calling, emailing and writing your elected officials to voice your opposition to separating families as well as your support for important family policies such as children’s health insurance; seeking out information on accessible resources in your communities for families and children facing adversities; and supporting businesses that take a stand on social injustice and provide living wages and benefits.

Together we will stand up for every baby and child everywhere –we are not alone, and we can make change happen.

Thank you for all that you do to nurture and protect children and families, today, and tomorrow.


Joshua Sparrow, MD
Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Brazelton Touchpoints Center Spring Newsletter

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Brazelton Touchpoints Center Spring Newsletter

The 2018 National Forum: Celebrate the Legacy, Empower the Future a Success!

Over three days in April in Newton, Massachusetts, BTC held its 2018 National Forum: Celebrate the Legacy, Empower the Future.

On Monday, April 23rd more than 250 practitioners, educators, and family-facing professionals gathered for the Dr. T. Berry Brazelton Symposium and Celebration. The Symposium featured speakers working on the front lines of social justice with children and families in communities all across the country, and who are, in their own ways, carrying forward Dr. Brazelton’s legacy.

The day began with a traditional native blessing and the reading of a poem to honor and remember Dr. Brazelton. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz of the American Indian College Fund led off with a dynamic talk about the quest for equity in Indigenous early childhood opportunities, with Sandra Gutierrez of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors following with a focus on empowered parents as agents of change. Later that afternoon, Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett of Boston Medical Center inspired the crowd with the power of networks to achieve shared community objectives, while Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone provided powerful testimony to what’s required and what’s gained by investing in the strength and resiliency of communities.

Before lunch, a delegation representing Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey paid tribute to Dr. Brazelton for his lifetime of accomplishments to American society, and presented a flag that had flown over the US Capitol building to Dr. Brazelton’s children and grandchildren – what a true honor!

During Monday evening, a celebration of Dr. Brazelton’s life and legacy was held, where memories were shared, toasts were made, and emotions flowed. Among the speakers were Sandra Fenwick, the CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, Jeri Robinson, Vice President for Early Childhood Initiatives at the Boston Children’s Museum, and Ann Linehan, Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start. A video paying tribute to Dr. Brazelton was shown, and the evening closed with a true homage to Dr. Brazelton as the crowd indulged in vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, his absolute favorite!

On Tuesday, April 24th, the BTC Site Network held a professional development day, with nearly 100 attendees from Touchpoints Sites across the country and the world sharing strategies and solutions to family-engagement and unlocking the strengths of parents and caregivers to support their children’s healthy development. That afternoon, Ann Stadtler, DNP, RN, CPNP, who retired in December 2017, was celebrated and honored for her contributions to the BTC Site Network and children and families everywhere. To honor Ann’s legacy, BTC has launched the Ann Stadtler Fund for Professional Development, which will raise money to support professional development opportunities for providers and sites across the country. To read a tribute to Ann that appeared in our last newsletter, click here.

Closing out the 2018 National Forum was the BTC Tribal Touchpoints Network’s annual retreat on Wednesday, April 25th, which this year brought together more than 20 tribal leaders, educators and practitioners for a day of collaboration, networking, and cross-fertilization of ideas, solutions, and approaches to shared challenges and issues.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 National Forum and all those who helped make it possible, including BTC’s generous sponsors. The Forum was an astounding tribute to the life and work of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, and a true catalyst for carrying forward his legacy to the next generation and beyond!

In Memoriam: T. Berry Brazelton, MD, 1918 – 2018

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our esteemed colleague and beloved friend and mentor, T. Berry Brazelton, MD, passed away this morning, March 13, 2018. The world has lost a true champion for babies, young children, and families.

Dr. Brazelton, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, was one of the most influential scientists, clinicians, and advocates in pediatrics and child development of the modern era. Since founding the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in 1996 to carry on his transformational work, he remained actively engaged in leading the Center until his death.

There are many ways to honor, celebrate, and memorialize Dr. Brazelton:

Honoring Dr. T. Berry Brazelton (1918 – 2018): A Symposium and Celebration. Learn More and Register.

As you may now know, the world lost a true champion for children and families with the peaceful passing of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton on Tuesday, March 13 at his home in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Wonderful obituaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among others.

We are deeply touched by the outpouring of tributes, support and well wishes, and look forward to celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of a true revolutionary on Monday, April 23rd, 2018.  In the meantime, please feel free to join the conversation on our Facebook page, where people are posting tributes, stories, and memories of Dr. Brazelton and seeking comfort in the company of others.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Michael Accardi with any and all questions you may have.  Thank you for your support and on behalf of the entire Touchpoints family, we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, April 23rd for a celebration honoring Dr. Brazelton, his life’s work, and the relationships that he sparked that live on.​

Learn more or register for the event here.