Florida’s Champions for Children Achieves Prestigious National “Touchpoints” Partner Designation
Tampa, FL – Over one million of Florida’s children and families have taken part in Champions for Children’s life-changing, and even life-saving, programs and services since 1977. Thirty-five years later, the thriving, family-focused organization is celebrating a new and very significant milestone: Champions for Children has achieved a National Partner Designation by the prestigious Brazelton Touchpoints Center®, making it only one of two community based organizations in the state of Florida to reach National Partner status.
What is Touchpoints and what makes its upcoming presence throughout Florida significant?
Touchpoints is a groundbreaking, evidence-based approach to child development. It is based on more than sixty years of research conducted by T. Berry Brazelton, MD (pictured), and his colleagues at Children’s Hospital in Boston and in communities worldwide. Dr. Brazelton, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development and is the author of over 200 scholarly papers and forty books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting, which have been translated into more than twenty languages.
The Touchpoints approach is taught to anyone dealing with young families, including educators, nurses, healthcare professionals and social workers.
“Touchpoints is about strengthening parent and caregiver confidence through learning and practicing positive observation and interaction,” explains Ann Stadtler, DNP, RN, CPNP, Director of Site Development and Training for Brazelton Touchpoints Center®. “At the same time, it ensures professionals receive the support needed to get ‘into parents’ shoes’ to understand why they make the decisions they make. Touchpoints is a how…not a what.”
Tampa’s Champions for Children and Touchpoints
Patricia Pead, Director of Champions for Children’s Baby Bungalow program, learned about Touchpoints in 2004 and instantly knew the approach would be hugely beneficial for Tampa Bay ‘s families. Fast forward to 2013: A significant financial commitment made by principle funding partner, Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring, is enabling the agency to train professional teams and integrate Touchpoints within each Champions for Children program. The funds also allow for the creation of the sustainability plan needed to maintain Touchpoints in Tampa Bay for years to come. “For me, it’s all about the families. I get emotional, because it once felt like a pipe dream to bring Touchpoints to Champions for Children. But it’s a reality now,” exclaims Pead.
Touchpoints will be taught in every Champions for Children program. The agency has appointed a core training team of three to roll out the program and plans on adding additional trainers later in the year,” says Stadtler. “In fact,” she adds, “Champions for Children may also become an umbrella organization for Touchpoints over multiple Tampa Bay area organizations. The unique story is, this community is truly investing, at every level, to ensure Tampa Bay’s children have the best outcomes in life, starting sometimes before birth. Champions for Children is the right organization to deliver Touchpoints and we are incredibly proud to call them a National Partner.”
Champions for Children’s Executive Director, Brian McEwen shares, “We want children to grow up, reaching their full potential and we know their emotional environments are what have the biggest impact on their development. Touchpoints will allow us to come alongside parents during moments of vulnerability,” McEwen explains. “In each of our programs, participants will learn new ways of thinking and adopt attitudes focusing on parents’ strengths, rather than on the ‘should and should nots.’ Our agency’s dedication to Touchpoints means our entire community has a chance of better understanding child development, while learning to effectively support other families. We are elated to have received this critical national designation.”
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About Champions for Children: Established in 1977, Champions for Children (CFC) has provided assistance to thousands of families throughout Hillsborough County using education, prevention techniques and treatment programs. In 2011 alone, CFC served approximately 40,000 children and families. CFC’s mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay Region through child abuse prevention and family education programs. They believe that establishing strong family units is vital to our community. As Hillsborough County ranks sixth in the state of Florida for number of reported incidences of abuse and neglect, CFC is committed to providing services that help strengthen families and stop the cycle of abuse. CFC is located at 3108 West Azeele Street in Tampa, 33609. For more information about their programs and other upcoming events, please visit their website at www.championsforchildrentampabay.org.
Mark your calendars NOW for our Auxiliary’s upcoming “Meet & Greet” event and join in all the fun. All of the details are below, but please feel free to contact the CFC Development Department at 813.673.4646 x.1112 (Maria) or x.1113 (Jessica) for more information.
To learn more about the CFC Auxiliary, please visit the “CFC Auxiliary” page listed under the “About Us” tab.
Earlier this morning, a nanny walked into our Baby Bungalow and handed two of our Baby Bungalow staff members a personalized, hand written thank you card.
Champions for Children would like to share what was written in these thank you cards, as it truly shows what a difference our Baby Bungalow program makes in our community.
Dear Ms. Sheryl:
You are a recent addition to the Baby Bungalow staff – it was a strong, knowledgeable staff, nurturing & caring – but yet you added so much more to it with your expertise & personality.
Not only has your expertise & smile meant a lot to (child’s name) & I, but when I discussed my 3 yr old grandson’s speech problem you were so “resourceful” – once again a staff member of Baby Bungalow went above & beyond in their job! Baby Bungalow has a strong supportive staff – you all respect one another, interact well – I hope any other team member(s) they add to the programs have as much to offer parents & students as you do!
Thank you & God bless you – you truly make a difference each & every day. Sincerely, (A Baby Bungalow client)
P.S. Please feel free to share my note with your administration – they can never hear enough about how great & appreciated you are.
Dearest Ms. Joanne:
A class – “Wonder Years” – such an appropriate title – each class “I wondered” what “life lesson/skill” you would be teaching!
Creative, Nurturing, so focused on each & every child – reminded me of how my Mom would always say “Moms have lots of eyes to see everything & little birdies to tell them everything” – this describes you – no matter how large your class was, always filled to capacity, you knew what each child was doing, needed to learn or excelled at.
You spoke to the class as a whole, yet took extra time & effort to comment to each & every child during class – every class. You were firm but so loving. You were a pro in every situation – from one child hitting another, to sharing, to taking turns, to manners, to kind words & so on. Before & after class I often asked you for advice on potty training, or a phase (child’s name) was in, etc. You gave me “right on” suggestions or approaches to use with him. Thank you. God bless you.
Please share my comments with administration . . . They too need to know how Awesome, spectacular, wonderful, etc. you are – a true asset to the Baby Bungalow staff.
Sincerely, (A Baby Bungalow client)
Yesterday, Champions for Children had a visit from the team over at ABC Action News; they stopped by to speak with our Executive Director, Brian McEwen, about his thoughts on a child abuse situation that resulted in the recent death of a 2 year old in Pinellas County.
As you will see within this video, ABC Action News wanted to provide information on different resources available within our community that work towards preventing these kind of tragic events from happening. Brian shared the mission of Champions for Children, information on our programs and how our agency works everyday towards eliminating child abuse and building stronger families in our community.
We want the Tampa Bay region to know that there is someone out there working towards the prevention of this happening again and its Champions for Children.
Each year, two students randomly selected from Dr. Norma Winston’s Sociology class at the University of Tampa do a content analysis of the student letters written as a follow up to the Kids on the Block (KOTB) performance. These letters from students were coded to see if the students wrote about any of the three main themes presented at the KOTB child abuse and bullying prevention programs. The evaluation from this year’s study showed that 80% of student letters showed learned concepts and that KOTB met or has exceeded that goal since this evaluation process began.
In the pictures below, you will see that Champions for Children’s Executive Director, Brian McEwen, and KOTB Program Director, Trish Sandag, visited the students from Dr. Winston’s class who were presenting their findings at the CSSME Research Symposium at UT on May 1st to show their support.
Thank you to Dr. Norma Winston for her continued support, as well as establishing this yearly collaboration between the University of Tampa and Champions for Children.
Alex Boyer, Program Director for CFC’s “A Better Childbirth”/abcProgram, is excited to share that the Success 4 Kids & Families (S4KF) Annual Report features a highlight of the Baby Café lactation service with a client testimonial. What great news for Champions for Children, the “A Better Childbirth” program, Alex Boyer and her staff!
If you would like to read the S4KF Annual Report and see our agency highlight, please click on the link below. (Our mention is located on page 10 of the report.)
Last week, the Children’s Advocacy Center asked our staff to wear blue jeans on the last Friday in April to show our support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Thank you to the staff who participated and are pictured here.
Last week, Champions for Children was recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a finalist in the “bigger” category at its “Best Places To Work” luncheon award event. Champions for Children would like to thank the Tampa Bay Business Journal for this acknowledgment. Check out this printed article outlining all the finalists in the bigger category. Congratulations to all the finalists and the winner in our category. And thank you to all our Champions for Children staff for making our agency a great place to work!
Come out and support Champions for Children by visiting the Brandon location of Books A Million on Saturday, April 27th, anytime from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm to help support Champions for Children with our BAM! Bookfair Event.
*In order for your purchase to go towards Champions for Children, you will need to present the cashier with a voucher listing Champions for Children’s Bookfair ID#. Please click below to download a PDF copy of this voucher.
How can you help?
Please contact Jessica DuChene at 813.673.4646 x.1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!