17th Annual Virtual Birth to Three Institute: Nurturing the Foundations for Success with Children and Families

May 28 – June 27, 2013

Due to overwhelming demand, additional registration slots have been added for the 17th Annual Virtual Birth to Three Institute (vBTT) webinars, Tracks B – E. Please visit this link to register: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/btt/register.html

Registration slots are limited and in high demand, so sign up now.

Content Tracks:

  • Track B: Child Health and Prenatal Services
  • Track C: Family and Community Partnerships
  • Track D: Management and Professional Development
  • Track E: Home Visiting and Family Child Care

Who Should Participate?

The vBTT Institute will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program staff, parents, directors, managers, and administrators; T/TA managers; T/TA providers; federal and Regional Office staff; and State Collaboration Offices.

Space is limited. Register today!

17th Annual Virtual Birth to Three Institute

Home Away From Home: A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships with Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers


In recent years, home visiting has expanded as an outreach and service delivery strategy that builds on families’ strengths to increase parents’ capacity for effective parenting and advance the healthy development of children. Home visiting is one tool used to prevent child abuse and improve child well-being by providing education and services in families’ homes through parent education and connection to community resources.

Many children whose families can benefit from home visiting services, however, spend a significant amount of time being cared for by adults other than their parents. Nearly half of infants in their first year are in a weekly non-parental care arrangement, and that increases to almost three quarters of children ages 3 to5 years (see Figure 1). Among infants and toddlers, a significant number are cared for by relatives, friends, or neighbors in informal, home based settings or in family child care settings. Among low-income children ages 0 to5 with employed mothers, just over one in 10 are cared for in family child care settings (11 percent), and 30 percent are cared for by a relative other than their parents (see Figure 2). Home visiting can be an effective service delivery tool to reach out to parents and children in these settings.

Source: CLASP

Available at: http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/Home-Away-from-Home.pdf

16th Annual Birth to Three Institute Featuring: New Home Visiting Learning Track

June 11-14, 2012
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC


The Birth to Three Institute (BTT) is a professional development opportunity for early childhood professionals working in Early Head Start, Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start, and other group care or home visiting settings that serve pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and their families.


This year, BTT will feature a new learning track dedicated to home visiting topics, including:

  • Growing literacy skills from birth
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program
  • Coaching to engage parents in promoting child growth and development
  • Individualizing home visits for parents with intellectual disabilities
  • Supporting parent-child relationships during home visits and socializations
  • Measuring success and reporting outcomes
  • Engaging vulnerable families
  • Supporting infants and toddlers with disabilities
  • Infusing the Multicultural Principles into the home-based program option
  • Home visitor safety awareness and response

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Registration closes May 7, 2012

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center

Strengthening Professional Development in Home Visiting Programs

3/6/12 3:00 – 4:15 EST

What strategies and resources have you used to build a professional development system in your state for home visiting professionals?  The goal of this webinar is to explore strategies for building comprehensive, statewide professional development systems for the home visiting workforce.  Panelists will discuss statewide professional development systems in Illinois and Virginia and how these systems play a critical role in supporting home visiting programs’ desired outcomes for families and children.  The webinar will also include remarks on professional development systems from Mary Wakefield, Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


• Janelle Weldin-Frisch, M.A., Vice President for Training, Ounce for Prevention Fund


• Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator of Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

• Claire Dunham, L.C.S.W., Senior Vice President of Programs & Training, Ounce for Prevention Fund

• Linda Foster, M.P.H., R.D., Project Director, Virginia Healthy Start Initiative and MIECHV

Source: The PEW Center on the States

Available at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/964773962

Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Training Module

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently released a new infant-toddler parent training module, designed to enhance the social emotional development of infants and toddlers through parent-child interactions and relationships. The materials were created for facilitators to provide a one-day training to parent-child groups and home visitors.

Source: Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Available at: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/training_piwi.html

Article Explores Impact of Depression and Childhood Trauma in Mothers Receiving Home Visitation

“Results from this study confirm that depressed mothers in home
visitation have deficits in multiple areas of functioning relative to
their non-depressed counterparts,” write the authors of an article
published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies online on June
28, 2011. Depression in new mothers is a significant public health
problem. About 13 percent of mothers suffer from major depressive
disorder during pregnancy and in the first year postpartum, and this
rate is doubled among those living in poverty or with other
vulnerabilities. Childhood trauma experiences, comprising physical
abuse, emotional abuse, witnessing violence, or neglect are also
prevalent among new mothers. The impairing features of depression and
childhood trauma are particularly relevant to mothers receiving home
visitation, a child-abuse-prevention approach. The purpose of the
study described in this article was to examine the impact of
depression on parenting and elucidate pathways between trauma and
depression in depressed and non-depressed mothers in their first year
of home visitation.

Source: MCH Alert/Journal of Child and Family Studies

Ammerman RT, Shenk CE, Teeters AR, et al. 2011. Impact of depression
and childhood trauma in mothers receiving home visitation. Journal of
Child and Family Studies [published online on June 28, 2011]. Abstract
available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/t302840pr4w30505.