NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children


Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard, UW School of Nursing professor emeritus and eponymour founder of the school's Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development, died Saturday, June 27th. She was 77.


Barnard was an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of infant mental health, which studies the social and emotional development of children during the first five years of life. She was a renowned researcher, teacher and innovator. She also served on the Board of Directors of the ZERO TO THREE National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and as a board member of the World Association of Infant Mental Health. 


The NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding and Teaching scales were developed out of Dr. Barnard's innovative and creative spirit. In a short memorial video, her colleagues discuss her work and many recall how Kathy always said, "Infants can't wait."  . . . . .


There will be a "Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard" on Saturday December 5th at 10 a.m. at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place in Seattle. A brief reception will be held afterwards from 11:30-12:00. This is open to all, you do not have to attend the Zero to Three Institute.


"Dr. Barnard was a visionary nurse scientist who believed deeply that every child not only has the right to early nurturing relationships, but also that those relationships are the foundation for life-long healthy development," said Azita Emami, dean of the UW School of Nursing. "This belief inspired her landmark research and compelled her to provide tools and professional development to infant and early childhood mental-health practitioners so that every child could experience the best possible start."  more . . . .



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