Boston Childrens Brazelton Touchpoints Center Named as National Center

Center will receive up to $3 million per year for a five year project

September 30, 2010
Boston, Mass. - Children's Hospital Boston Today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named the Brazelton Touchpoints Center® (BTC) at Children's and the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement, along with their partners, Save the Children, National PTA and the Council of Chief State School Officers. As a National Center, the BTC will be awarded up to $3 million per year for a project period of up to 5 years.

The National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement is one of four new centers comprising Head Start's Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System, which will identify and disseminate evidence-based best practices to Head Start programs across the country. Information provided by the newly selected Centers will allow the T/TA to support Head Start programs and bring best practices into classrooms around the country, promoting continuous improvement and innovation at the ground level.

BTC and its partners bring a unique blend of deep experience in Head Start and a significant capacity in parent, family and community partnerships in the broader context of early childhood and public education programs.

"My dream is that all young children have what they need to be healthy, successful early learners and nurturers of the next generation," says Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. "We are honored to have been chosen along with our major partners: the Harvard Family Research Project, Save the Children, Council of Chief State School Officers and the National PTA by the Office of Head Start to build a strong partnership between early educators, parents, families and communities for all of our children."

Erin McColgan

Children's Hospital Boston is one of the nation's premier pediatric medical centers. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 392-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts, and home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise. For more information about Children's, visit:

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Founded in 1996, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center develops links between research and practice around the key elements for successful early learning. Working with parents and the professionals, programs, institutions and systems of care who serve them, the Center has developed innovative, strength-based, practical strategies and practices to equip and engage families and other caregivers to successfully support all domains of children's development that are essential to successful early learning. Our services include: professional development; technical assistance and collaborative consultation; and intervention and practice innovation. Based on the research and practice of renowned pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Brazelton Touchpoints Center has worked in across multiple sectors: social services, early care and education, early intervention, parenting programs, public health (home visiting, homeless shelters), mental health. For more information visit

Harvard Family Research Project

Since 1983, Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. HFRP works primarily within three areas that support children's learning and development-early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of HFRP's work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability. Building on the knowledge that schools alone cannot meet the learning needs of our children, HFRP also focuses national attention on complementary learning. Complementary learning is the idea that a systemic approach, which integrates school and nonschool supports, can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed. To learn more about HFRP, please

To learn more about out other partners, visit the following: Save the Children;National PTA; and the Council of Chief State School Officers