TMW Center Newsletter December 2020

December 01, 2020

TMW Center’s 2020 By the Numbers

  • 1 study published in The Journal of Pediatrics
  • 1 new translation of TMW interventions, now available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole
  • 4 states home to sites that implement TMW programs (and ≥2 more coming in 2021!)
  • 4 thought-provoking op-eds and guest columns published by TMW Center leadership
  • 8 leading scholars hosted as Visitors during the inaugural year of the Griffin Applied Economics Incubator, helping to advance the importance of the science of scaling
  • 10 new TMW team members hired
  • 21 chapters edited & submitted for publication in “The Scale-Up Effect In Early Childhood and Public Policy: Why Interventions Lose Impact at Scale and What We Can Do About It”
  • 42 weeks of fully remote work
  • 90+ percent of our research and programming supported by philanthropy
  • 126 parents participated in our facilitator-led group programs, Let’s Talk and Let’s Talk Dads
  • 180+ organizations registered on the 3Ts Partner Portal to access Any Time is 3Ts Time campaign resources
  • 600+ parents in Palm Beach County Florida completed TMW interventions in hospital and clinic settings as part of our first community-wide demonstration project
  • 697+ early childhood education providers enrolled in 3Ts-Early Childhood Educator professional development course
  • 1500+ parents & caregivers visited, our new digital tool
  • 9070+ followers on social media
  • 61,445+ page views on the TMW Center website
  • Countless parents, educators, and caregivers who inspired us

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