Introducing Your Local Touchpoints Training Team

L-R: Kathy Philyaw, Barbara Crosby, Pamela Marcum, Dr. T. Brazelton

Kathy Talbert-Philyaw is the owner of Little Cougar, Inc. Early Care and Education in China Spring. She has served her community for the past 15 years, providing child care and employment opportunities. Kathy serves on the Child Care Services Advisory Board for Workforce Solutions and participates as an advocate for quality care with her colleagues and fellow directors. “As a member of the Touchpoints Training Team, I have been inspired and challenged to create a network of caregivers and providers of social services that are equipped with the Touchpoints Approach. I am honored to be a part of a system that is working to enrich the lives of families and to strengthen existing relationships.”

Barbara Crosby has spent the last 30 years working with children and families in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, earning her MS in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi, and EdS in Leadership Administration from Mississippi College. She is the director of the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development at Baylor University and teaches part time in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Child and Family Studies. Barbara has served locally on the EOAC Headstart Advisory Board and Workforce Solutions Child Care Services Advisory Board. Barbara supports Touchpoints as a way to support families in our community.

Pamela Marcum is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Texas and has a private practice in the field of psychotherapy. Her work experience is extensive, ranging from a case worker at Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Austin, to her current position as Director of Early Childhood Intervention at Klaras Children’s Center ECI. “I am very excited about being on the team of Touchpoints trainers. It’s family centered message and strengths based philosophy match well with the ECI model of service delivery. I look forward to sharing this approach with other providers in our community so that we all can support families as they go about this most important task of caring for young children,” said Pamela Marcum.

Nan Holmes joined the Training Team in June 2012, but has been part of the effort in establishing a Waco Touchpoints site since 2007. Prior to retirement in 2012, she was the Executive Director of Talitha Koum Institute, an early brain development nurture center for babies born into extreme poverty and chaos. In addition to her work at Talitha Koum, she was the Ready to Learn Coordinator at KWBU Public Television for eight years (1996-2005).

L-R :Dr. Brazelton with Nan Holmes, Talitha Koum Executive Director and WTC Founding Partner

Paula Layton Barnes is the owner of Resource Connections. She has spent over 30 years working in the field of early care and education. Paula has a Bachelor’s and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas. She has over 12 years of experience as an adjunct instructor in Child Development at the Community College level. Additionally, she has served as an administrator at a variety of early childhood centers. As a Master Registered Trainer, Paula's background has been diverse. She credits that diversity for her abilities to provide insight and knowledge in various aspects of the early care and education profession to others working in the field. "Touchpoints was a natural fit to my philosophy and beliefs about quality programs for children and families."

Did you know that T. Berry Brazelton is from Waco? Dr. Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and one of the most influential scientists, clinicians, and advocates in pediatrics and child development of the twentieth century. Dr. Brazelton is the author of 200 scholarly papers and wrote 30 books on pediatrics, child development and parenting that have been translated into more than 20 languages. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center, founded in 1996 at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, builds upon his scientific research and clinical observations of babies and young children beginning in the 1950s and spanning six decades. There are currently 100 Touchpoints Sites in the world, and Waco is proud to be one of them.