Category: Fact Sheets

Promoting Social and Emotional Development: Four New Resources for Communities and Families with Young Children

Kara Dukakis, Libby Doggett, and Shantel E. Meek
By Kara Dukakis, Libby Doggett, and Shantel E. Meek

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All children are born with the need and desire to connect with those around them. Neuroscience tells us that brain development unfolds rapidly in the first three years of life, and that social and emotional development begins in the earliest days of life. When children feel secure in their relationships and have their needs met in responsive and consistent ways, they begin forming a strong social and emotional foundation. They begin to learn to pay attention, regulate their emotions and behavior, express feelings, and overcome challenges successfully. All of these skills contribute to healthy social and emotional development.

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Talk, Read, Sing: Seven Ways for Parents to Build Early Math Literacy

By Too Small to Fail

 

Research tells us that exposing children to math early improves their success in school. Talking to young children about numbers helps their brains develop, and may improve their confidence with math later on. So get counting! These ideas will help you spark your child’s math interest while you talk, read and sing!

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Playtime Activities Tip Sheet

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

For curious, young minds, playing is learning. Playtime is fundamental to your child’s early development, helping hone her cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Opportunities to play are everywhere! Here are a few ideas to integrate play into your daily routine with your toddler. For a downloadable PDF, click here.

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Dual Language Learners: Five Tips for Parents

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Parents with limited English proficiency have heard different messages about the language-learning needs of their children. Some believe that speaking to their children in their native language may hold them back from learning English or confuse them as they enter preschool and kindergarten. While mastery of English is important for success in school, research is showing that being fluent in more than one language can actually contribute to academic success. Check out our five tips every parent should know about dual language-learning.

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The Impact of Childhood Instability on Early Brain Development

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Young children need nurturing and stable environments in order to thrive, but many experience instability and high levels of stress as a result of sudden family changes like divorce or job loss. In this factsheet, we outline the ways in which instability can be damaging to a child’s early development, and provide concrete suggestions for how parents can lessen the impact and support their kids through tough times.

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Too Small to Fail's Public Action Campaign

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Through media partnerships and in partnership with the entertainment industry, Too Small to Fail will reach and empower parents with some simple messages. Click here to see what those are, and to learn more about the initiative.