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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

By Too Small to Fail

Good nutrition is key to healthy child development, especially during the first two years. Young brains need a variety of healthy nutrients to support their cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. Family meal times also offer great opportunities to bond and share conversations that promote children’s early language development.  

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Let's Talk about Grandparents!

By Too Small to Fail

Last week, we celebrated grandparents. They play a truly special role in the lives of their grandchildren and family members. By spending time and bonding with their grandchildren, grandparents can develop close relationships and connections. 

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The Power of Music

By Too Small to Fail

Why is singing with your little one so important? Listening to music and singing together is a great way to have fun, bond, and help your child learn! Like talking and reading, singing supports your child’s language development. Music introduces children to new words, sound patterns, and much more! These skills help build the necessary foundation for learning how to read. 

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Promoting Early Literacy at Home

By Too Small to Fail

Did you know that there is an activity you can do for only 15 minutes a day that can help you bond with your little one, boost her communication skills, and set her up for success in school? This powerful activity is reading aloud!

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Encouraging Your Child’s Early Brain Development

By Too Small to Fail

Do early childhood experiences change the actual structure of the brain? Yes, they do! Brain development is “activity-dependent,” which means early experiences shape young brains. While brain development is a lifelong process, the first three years are a period of rapid growth, laying the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. By age three, your child’s brain has built about 1,000 trillion connections! 

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Helping Your Child Develop Executive Function

By Too Small to Fail

What is executive function and how can you help your child develop it? Executive function is a group of skills that helps regulate behaviors and manage emotions: they allow us to process information, focus attention and control impulses. Executive function skills help children learn new information, plan, and solve problems, which is why they can predict school success better than IQ scores.

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Celebrating Dads

By Too Small to Fail

This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating dads and the big impact they have in our children’s lives! For the past few years, scientists have been discovering more and more about the positive influence dads can have on their little ones’ development. 

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Strive for 5!

By Too Small to Fail

Research shows that engaging young children in language-rich interactions such as talking, reading and singing every day can boost their brain and language development. We’ve partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Head Start Association and the National Association for Family Child Care to create Strive for 5!, a new national program designed to equip early educators with unique bilingual (English/Spanish) tools and resources to create language-rich environments for young children. 

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The Special Role of Moms

By Too Small to Fail

This week we are celebrating mothers and the special bond they share with their babies, which plays an enormous role in children’s early development. Maternal bonds help children build a strong sense of safety and self-esteem, which are vital to healthy social-emotional development. 

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