Baby Brain Connection

Parenting for Early Childhood Literacy

Emerging data on infants’ and toddlers’ brain developments show: 1) the timing and quality of early experiences have a strong influence in shaping brain architecture and 2) the 1st year of life is a critical period in promoting early language skills and increasing readiness for learning and achievement at preschool and kindergarten.  Thus, we need to focus on developing literacy for infants and toddlers in their first year of life when their brains are developing at a rapid rate.

We give new parents all kinds of strategies for feeding, changing diapers, putting babies to sleep.
Why aren’t we giving them very important strategies for how to talk to their babies and strategies for fostering literacy like how to play and interact and read to their children?

There are many organizations that serve parents and their children in their early years. The enclosed materials focus on the 1st year of life and include modeling and coaching strategies for parent providers as well as the parents they serve:

* free training guides for 1) Parent Providers and 2) Parents that provide background information about Early Brain Development and ideas and activities for Talking, Playing & Interacting, and Reading.
Suggestions for training are also included.

* links for a series of video vignettes about early childhood literacy strategies for talking, playing and interacting, and reading that are amusing and feature real people who are engaged in real life situations. Additional talking points and early literacy activities for each video are also provided. ​

The materials can complement existing activities or be adapted for any organization such as a local health clinic, early childhood provider, or parent workshop. All materials for interested organizations and individuals are available for universal access without charge. They can be downloaded, copied, or read from this website.  

The website and its contents are compiled and supported by the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education.