- Why Talking Matters -

Talking with your baby helps grow your baby’s brain. Learn how early exposure to language can help a child build vocabulary, communicate better with adults, be ready for kindergarten and develop an essential life skill: the ability to read by the end of third grade.

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All parents want the best for their baby. And we know healthy food helps grow a healthy baby. But to grow a healthy brain, babies need more. Babies need lots of loving words.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LANGUAGE NUTRITION
A baby’s brain grows super fast. Research shows that the number of loving words a baby hears in the first three years of life makes a BIG difference.
LEARN ABOUT EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Language Nutrition is about quality conversations between caregivers and babies. The best conversations happen in the language the child first hears and the language the parent or caregiver is most comfortable speaking.
LEARN MORE ABOUT USING ANY LANGUAGE
By the time a child enters kindergarten, those who heard lots of loving words have double the vocabulary of those children who didn’t hear as many words.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORD GAP
A strong vocabulary allows children to more easily follow instructions, express their feelings when they get frustrated and develop an essential skill: the ability to read.
Learn Why Vocabulary Matters
A critical milestone for a child’s success in school and life is the ability to read by the end of third grade. This is when a child shifts from learning to read, to reading to learn.
LEARN WHY THIRD GRADE READING MATTERS
Learning to read by the end of third grade means children are free to learn anything they want! And children who learn how to read by the end of third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school.
LEARN WHY GRADUATING MATTERS
And children who graduate from high school are more likely to live longer, be healthier, have a job, stay out of jail, have kids later in life, and live happier lives.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ECONOMIC BENEFITS

The most effective action you can take to increase your baby’s educational opportunities and future success is to talk with your baby every day.

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Talk With Me Baby is made possible by a grant from the United Way of Atlanta and is a collaborative effort among organizations.