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Playtime is Learning Time

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Happy toddler playing with parents

If you spend any time around toddlers—on the playground, at home, or even in an airport waiting area—you’ll quickly notice how important playtime is for them.  Whether experienced as a game of chase or dress-up, play is the vehicle of choice for learning, and how the young brain processes important information about the world we live in. Through play, young children learn how to get along with others, how to use their bodies, how to problem-solve and even how to work out emotions, like stress.

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Preparing for Preschool

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By Too Small to Fail

A child’s first day of preschool or kindergarten can be exciting for him and his parents alike—it represents a rite of passage into later childhood. But that first experience in school can also be challenging, especially if the child is unprepared. This period of early education can be especially troubling for young children today, who are expected to keep up with more rigorous academic standards than those of just a few years ago. Some young children aren’t considered “school ready”, even if they meet the age requirements, because they are not prepared to learn in a formal classroom setting.

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Language Fluency is Easier With More Words to Build On

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By Too Small to Fail

Approximately 20 percent of children in the United States hear a language other than English spoken in the home, and are considered “dual language learners”. This population is expected to more than double by 2030. 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. Children who master more than one language can develop stronger math and reading skills in English, are more creative thinkers, and can problem-solve and plan better than monolingual children.

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Infant Mental Health Begins With Nurturing Relationships

Too Small To Fail
By Too Small To Fail

When a baby cries for attention or smiles for the first time, he is communicating with the people around him so that they can help him meet his physical and emotional needs.  But how his parents respond to those early communication attempts—as well as the security he feels from these early interactions—will help shape his mental health and social skills for years to come.

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Healthy Eating Habits Begin Before the Age of 2

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

There’s no shortage of advice and information available about healthy eating and weight watching for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children.

But good nutritional habits begin even before a child is born.  From the time a mother is pregnant, until a child is two years old, nourishment – or malnourishment – can set that child on a course that will affect his or her body, emotions and behavior for years to come.

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Building Language Skills Must Begin Early in Life

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

“Mommy, what does ‘tectonic’ mean?” asked a four-year-old recently during a conversation about earthquakes. The resulting explanation may have left a few questions in the boy’s mind about the geology of our planet, but helped establish an important pattern for the boy—to learn to recognize complex vocabulary words in speech. 

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Resolving to Read, Sing and Talk More in 2014

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Parents of young children typically have a lot going on—work responsibilities, food preparation, home maintenance and basic child care like feeding, bathing, and diapering take up most days. There are other activities like reading, talking, singing and playing that are critical to the brain development of babies and young children, but these don’t always make it into hectic daily schedules.

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Looking Forward to the New Year

Hillary Clinton
By Hillary Clinton

As we prepare to bid farewell to this year, and welcome a new one, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and educators who have been following Too Small to Fail, and are helping to prepare America's children for success. Your love for your children, as well as your support for your families and communities, are so important to the well-being of our nation's youngest children and will help establish a positive trajectory for the most vulnerable among us.

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Learning and Good Health Begin in the Womb

Too Small to Fail
By Too Small to Fail

Science writer Annie Murphy Paul asked her audience a question during a presentation on early child development two years ago: When does human learning actually begin? The answer is that a human being begins to learn long before school starts, or even before she is born. Learning begins in-utero, when fetuses first start to recognize the sound of their mothers’ voices and the patterns of daily life.

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Children And Media Can Mix, But With Caution

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By Too Small to Fail

“When I saw that my daughter still didn’t know her ABCs at age three, I panicked. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I better do something quick so she can catch up to the other kids.’ So I got her an alphabet app on the iPad.” This statement from the mother of a toddler in San Jose, California, is evidence of the relationship that many parents have today with media and technology. Parents recognize that there is value in the devices that surround us daily, but there is much confusion about what is appropriate screen time or even appropriate devices to share with young children.

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