Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage him to keep trying.
Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.
Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.
Check them out at their website here.
Staff from libraries all around Colorado came together to create a comprehensive approach to early literacy. They provide resources for libraries, increase awareness of early childhood literacy and train librarians for storytime and reaching out to parents. They also have a list of other organizations and resources.
Their website is here.