Talking – whether through reading or holding a conversation – is important for building your baby’s brain. In the first 3 years of life, your baby’s brain triples in size. It also becomes much more complex; this doesn’t just happen without your help. The brain develops as your baby interacts with the world—seeing what will happen if she fusses, giggles, blows bubbles, snuggles up to her grandparents, says “Mama” or “Dada,” or throws the cereal on the floor. Many of your baby’s most critical experiments are about communicating with parents and other caregivers. Because of this, research has shown that lots of talking with children in the first 3 years of life builds the brain architecture that will be needed later to support reading and thinking skills.
Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of talking with children during the first three years of life. This verbal interaction builds the brain architecture that will support reading and cognitive skills as well as healthy social-emotional development.