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Launching the First “Talking is Teaching” Playground

By Too Small to Fail

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, a time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with your young children and family. From exploring the hills and meadows in national park land, to climbing on the jungle gym in the local playground – engaging and talking to your child as you spend time outdoors can have enormous benefits for his or her brain development.  

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Building Skills to Last a Lifetime

By Too Small to Fail

Dad plays peek a boo with baby

Keeping focused, staying calm, and making sense of the complicated world can be difficult for young children, but helping your child get an early start on building this skill set is essential for their brain’s development and learning.

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Let's Celebrate Dads!

By Too Small to Fail

Dad and baby with bottle

This week, as families come together to celebrate and honor  fathers, we want to recognize just how special and important dads are to raising happy, healthy babies.

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Every Word, Every Conversation Counts: The Word Gap and Early Brain Development

By Too Small to Fail

Kids reading at laundromat

A baby’s first words are cause for celebration.

Language development is an exciting and critical part of every child’s growth. Starting the moment they’re born, children begin to build a rich foundation for language using every word they hear from the conversations and interactions they share with those who love and care for them. 

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Using Everyday Moments to Build Resilience

By Too Small to Fail

Using Every Day Moments to Build Resilience

Parents know that as hard as they may sometimes try, they can’t always shield their children from stressful situations or difficult circumstances. But we try to do everything we can to ensure that our children will have the tools they’ll need to succeed in life. 

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Getting Outdoors for Learning and Fun

By Too Small to Fail

Getting Outdoors for Learning and Fun

For many of us, the month of April brings warmer weather and with it, plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities with young children. The fact is, outdoor play offers many opportunities for parents to promote learning in infants and toddlers and prepare them for school. No matter the age, all young children can benefit from play in nature. Learn more about a few of those benefits, and try some of our tips, below. 

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Let’s Talk About the Senses

By Too Small to Fail

Let’s Talk About the Senses

Spend any amount of time with an infant or toddler, and you’ll see that young children are natural explorers, and use their senses to understand the world. From birth, your baby can detect the feeling of being held, the sound of your voice, and the smell of your skin. When parents engage their children in sensory play – activities that encourage the use of the five senses – they can help form new neural connections and build a young child's vocabulary, setting the foundation for later learning. To spark conversations about what your baby touches, smells, sees, hears, and tastes, ask questions like, “How does it feel on your skin? Is it bumpy or smooth?” Or take a deep breath together and describe the smells around you.  Whether during bath time or mealtime, you can use everyday moments to encourage your child’s sensory exploration and support language development.  Remember:  you can engage with your child in these ways starting at birth, whether they answer with words or not!

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Closing the Word Gap, One Community At a Time

By Too Small to Fail

Closing the Word Gap, One Community At a Time

Not long after we launched our community campaigns in Tulsa and Oakland last year, we heard from many passionate individuals and business leaders across the country who were eager to spread the word in their own communities about the power of talking, reading, and singing with young children to boost early brain development. Encouraged and inspired by these messages, Too Small to Fail co-hosted a one-day conference on the word gap with the White House last October, where we committed to producing a guide with information, resources, and tools about how community leaders could launch or enhance word gap campaigns that would meet their specific community needs. 

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