December 2020

End of Year Remarks

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Since transitioning to remote work in March, the TMW Center has started each week with a brief virtual team meeting. It’s been a bright spot in a challenging year; a time to connect and see familiar faces, if only on a computer screen. Our Chief Operating Officer Katie Dealy kicks off each meeting by telling us how many weeks we have been working remotely. I was shocked when she announced in our last team meeting before the holidays that we had reached 40 weeks! That’s a long time. And yet—we managed to accomplish so much!

As parents, educators, and caregivers were thrust into impossible circumstances this year, it was clear that they needed support more than ever. So, we prioritized finding new ways to get TMW Center resources out to communities and into the hands of more families and caregivers. We quickly adapted many of our in-person interventions to support virtual implementation and increased efforts to disseminate our free digital resources, which—like all of our interventions—equip parents and caregivers with important information about foundational brain development as well as easy-to-use strategies to optimize that development.

The response was awe-inspiring. Parents and caregivers across the country continued to enthusiastically embrace their power to nurture children’s foundational development in the face of tremendous challenges.

Although those challenges will not disappear at the stroke of midnight on January 1, we know now with certainty that the new year will bring new hope and new progress toward the end of this pandemic. As vaccination doses begin to arrive in communities around the world, I feel tremendous optimism for the year ahead and tremendous gratitude—for those who made this historic public health accomplishment possible and for those who made the TMW Center’s accomplishments possible as well. I hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

Warmest regards,
Dana Suskind
Co-Director, TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health