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.