Brazelton Touchpoints National Forum

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

2016 National Forum

Celebrating 20 Years of Touchpoints



July 22-23, 2016



Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI



Appreciating Our Past/Envisioning Our Future

We will spend time remembering and celebrating the first 20 years of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and then taking an active look at exciting possibilities for the future.



Come join us at a special reception the evening of Friday, July 22, 2016 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.


New! The full National Forum agenda is now available!


Forum Highlights!

The Opening Plenary speaker will be  Anne Douglass, PhD, Associate Professor, Early Education and Care, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Professor Douglass’s research focuses on family engagement, policy and systems change, professional development and quality improvement, and leadership. She studies relational organizational systems, and how they contribute to early educators’ capacity to apply new knowledge to improve their teaching practices and their partnerships with families.  Her leadership research examines the design of programs and systems to support individual and collective leadership for improvement and innovation from within the early education field.

The Saturday Plenary speaker will be BTC’s director, Joshua D. Sparrow, MD.

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children’s Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs among many others. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally, on related topics and has consulted to media programming for children and parents, including PBS Frontline and Discovery Kids.

Friday, July 22, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Opening Plenary — Anne Douglass, PhD, Associate Professor, Early Education and Care, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Session 1:  Key Elements of Engaging Families
    • Explore the key elements of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s core content areas around understanding development and supporting relationships. Including:
        • Training and overview construction
        • Making connections between elements
        • Applying elements to daily living and specific populations
  • Session 2:  Facilitation
    • Update your knowledge of effective adult-learner strategies for facilitating group discussions and supporting group process that leads to real practice change
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Reception:  Celebrating 20 Years of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
    • Presentation of the 2016 Brazelton Award
Saturday, July 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Plenary – Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
  • Session 3:  Integrating Touchpoints in Systems and Organization
      • Deep dive into how Brazelton Touchpoints can support the alignment of organizational culture and practices with effective relationship-based practices for successful engagement with, and support for, families.
  • Session 4:  Measuring the Impact
    • Overview of the evidence base for the Brazelton Touchpoints approach.
    • Sharing ideas of how to measure impact as well as lessons learned from evaluation
  • Closing Thoughts and Wrap-up




Hotel and Travel Information:

ProvidenceThe Omni Providence Hotel is located at:
1 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI

(401) 598-8000


We have reserved a block of guest rooms at the Omni Providence Hotel at a special rate of $179/night. Use the link, or mention the Brazelton Touchpoints Annual Multi-Day Conference when you make your reservation.

The hotel is a 15-20 minute drive from TF Green Airport and is 50 miles from Logan Airport in Boston. The Providence Amtrak Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and is served by both Amtrak/Acela (Boston/New York/Washington, DC) and MBTA Commuter Rail trains (Boston South Station/TF Green Airport). Bus service is also available between Boston and Providence.

 Providence, RI is a small, friendly city with a thriving cultural and arts community and renowned restaurant scene. There are numerous things to do in Providence, including many free of charge, including the City’s signature event WaterFire.

For a comprehensive look at things to do in Providence, please visit our custom site!