First3Years is a Texas statewide organization with the mission to educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families.
Guess the Birdies Contest
With your donation, you are able to guess the number of birdies that will be made by PGA Tour Pros during the Houston Open. One grand prize will be given to the person who guesses the correct number. In case of ties, winners will be randomly selected. One lucky supporter of the Houston Open Birdies for Charity program will win an Astros *Suite Night at Minute Maid Park. *Suite night date will be determined by the Astros organization and sent to the winner once determined. Suite night will take place in 2023 season. Individuals are entered into the contest when they donate to one of the local charities registered for the Houston Open Birdies for Charity program. Donors can make a one-time flat rate donation. After the tournament, the donor will be mailed a notice of the pledge amount due.
Birdies for Charity Legends Club
All prizes listed below are guaranteed if you donate the Player Club level donation amount. In addition to these prizes, donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be entered into the Legends Club Drawing (see below).
Gary Player Club (1978 Houston Open Champion)
$1,000 - $2,999 Donation
Byron Nelson Club (1946 Houston Open Champion)
$3,000 - $4,999 Donation
Arnold Palmer Club (1957 & 1966 Houston Open Champion)
$5,000 & Up Donation
Legends Club Drawing
Thank you for your donation to Birdies for Charity. We are one step closer to enriching the lives of Houstonians through the game of golf. Your donation of $1,000 & up enters you into a drawing to win one of the following incentives.
Last day to enter the drawing will be Friday, October 21, 2022. Donors will be notified Monday, October 24th.
First3Years is a Texas statewide organization with the mission to educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families. We are the only organization in Texas working across sectors to improve positive lifetime outcomes through supporting a specialized early childhood workforce and creating systemic change for infants and toddlers.
The first three years of life are an extraordinary and vital part of our children’s growth and development. 85% of brain development happens by the time a child turns three years old. During these first three years of life, the brain is making connections that will become the foundation for all other learning, health, and well-being. While genetics provides a foundation for early brain development, environmental influences and relationships play a critical role in supporting brain growth and health.
Everyday interactions and experiences with parents and caregivers help to shape how the brain becomes hardwired to learn and interact with the world around them (Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child,2014). Thus, early experiences, both positive and negative, build the foundation of health and development.
First3Years was founded in 1980 by early childhood clinicians who were concerned about the quality of care young children receive. Empowered by applied research on child development, they wanted to create opportunities for all infants and toddlers’ early health and development to be supported during this critical developmental period. Over the past 40 years, First3Years has continued to build on our foundation, growing to impact more than 154,000 children annually.
Through our work, we have trained thousands of professionals and parents on the latest research in infant/toddler development. In addition to supporting professionals working with young children, First3Years recognizes the need for parents to access information about their children’s development.
Our core pillars of support are:
Professional Development: Our aim is to empower a community that is prepared to care for and nurture children. We work to ensure all caregivers and engaged stakeholder systems are provided with the access to current research and best practices on Infant Mental Health and Early Relational Health topics. We provide early childhood professionals, caregivers, and parents, effective tools and strategies to foster healthy brain development for infants and toddlers.
Safe Babies: A collaborative approach designed to transform the experience of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system from traumatic to healing. This is accomplished through supporting their attachment needs at the most critical times in a child’s development and supporting birth and foster parents to work together during visitation.
Community Systems: Our Community Systems efforts focus on building a locally informed, better-connected early childhood system that can adequately meet the developmental and relational health needs of families. This work originated in the Greater Houston area and is poised to deepen and grow. Current efforts lead the Houston Infant Toddler Coalition as well as the Babies in Baytown initiative.
Baby Day: Baby Day is the only statewide celebration of the first three years of life, when early experiences shape lifelong potential. Held annually across the state, Baby Day provides children and their caregivers an opportunity to participate in activities that promote bonding and delight.
First3Years’ vision is that all infants and toddlers are provided with safe and secure experiences that promote a firm foundation for positive lifetime outcomes. Our work is to continue building the capacity among professionals, programs, and systems to support families through positive attachment, trauma informed care, responsive caregiving and access to services that meets their physical and mental needs.
As we work towards our vision, we are moving the needle by impacting policy & procedural changes within foster care & other early childhood systems to become both developmentally & trauma-informed systems. Our approach focuses on educating, aligning, & guiding decision-makers to be informed by developmental science. Additionally, we educate & support early childhood professionals and parents to meet the specific & unique needs of very young children facing adversity.