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quality talk beats quantity of words

For language development, quality talk beats quantity of words

  • language

A recent study shows that the number of back-and-forth conversations you have with your young child is more important for brain development and language skills…

Sharing books with young children

Children’s books open a world of words and ideas

  • early literacy

Librarian Wendy Resnik shares how bonding with books helps spark your child’s curiosity and introduces them to new words.

Your toddler

Your Toddler Ages 1-2

  • child development

How to help your child learn language and explore the world through play.

Your Toddler from age 2-3

Your Toddler Ages 2-3

  • child development

Learn about raising a child who is becoming more active, talking and testing limits.

6-12-mos-1

Your Baby from 6-12 Months

  • child development

Learn about teething, sleep patterns and helping your baby learn.

TV time and language

TV and videos don’t help very young children learn new words

  • early literacy

Babies and toddlers develop language skills by listening and interacting with caring adults – real talk with real people.

Important skills

The most important skills kids need to succeed in life

  • language

American adults think language and literacy skills are needed to do well in life. Early childhood is the best time to help kids develop them.​

Prepare your kids for kindergarten

6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

  • parenting

Even if you don’t have a new kindergartener this year, it’s never too soon to start preparing for that first day with some fun, easy everyday activities.​

A parent's time is a gift

The best gift to give a child? Your time.

  • parenting

Young kids don’t need expensive toys. Positive, everyday moments spent together with the adults in their lives are what they need most to learn and…

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