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Vaccinate For Health

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By Too Small to Fail

Baby getting a vaccine

Many parents worry when their pediatrician first explains how their babies will be vaccinated. “I cried harder than my baby,” said the mother of one newborn who recently received his first round of vaccinations. Despite the negative reactions from parents and children at the idea of multiple injections, the truth is that regular vaccinations keep our children and communities healthier in the long run.

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Storytelling Builds Imagination (Dragons Not Included)

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By Too Small to Fail

Father telling his baby a story

The rhythmic voice of a grandfather telling a story about his childhood, or the varied character voices that a parent uses to tell a made-up story, will linger in a child’s mind for years after the storytelling is finished. This is because stories—real or fiction—spark the imagination of the child listening to them, and encourage that child to listen not just to the words being spoken, but to the emotion and experience of the storyteller.

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Literacy is Rooted in Love

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Father reading to his son and niece

One of the sweetest, most memorable, experiences for a parent or caretaker is sitting down in a chair, putting your arm around your child, and reading books together.

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The Vital Role of Parents

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By Too Small to Fail

Family laughing together

Parents keep children safe and healthy – it’s in our genes to look out for our children’s well-being. We react instinctively when a child is in harm’s way.

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The Special Role of Grandparents

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By Too Small to Fail

Grandparents and grandchild cuddle up

Many of us remember childhood time with our grandparents with fondness: almost like our parents but with more time to play and maybe more willing to spoil us a little.    

But grandparents also play a very functional role in today’s society. More than three million children in the United States are cared for every day by grandparents while their parents go to work.

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National Momentum Builds to Close the Word Gap

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By Too Small to Fail

Mother reading with her toddler in bedroom

It’s not every day that we get a chance to celebrate victories, is it? But lately the good news about local efforts to close the word gap has been buoying all of us at Too Small to Fail. People across the country are in agreement that talking, reading and singing to children from birth strengthens bonds with them and builds vocabularies so they can better prepare for school.

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A Strong Early Learning Community in Tulsa

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By Too Small to Fail

Toddler and caregiver playing with rings

This week, Too Small to Fail and former Secretary Hillary Clinton announced our first local campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The new campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching”, is being developed in partnership with local organizations, including the George Kaiser Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa and Tulsa Educare. These partners have been actively working on early learning and family support programs in Oklahoma communities for years.

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Healthy Eating Fuels Body and Mind

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By Too Small to Fail

Roll a ball towards a six-month-old baby that has just learned to sit up on her own, and you will likely see him respond with a great deal of excitement as his entire body prepares for play. Feed that baby nutritious food that he likes, and he has the same response. Whether experienced through breast milk or baby carrots, healthy eating plays a very important role in the proper development of a young child’s physical, mental and social well-being, and is just as important as playtime and vocabulary growth.

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Just A Little Routine Can Go A Long Way

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By Too Small to Fail

Mom brushing teeth with her toddler

In our society, routines are often described as boring or conforming, and typically don’t hold much appeal. But to very young children, small routines related to basic care like feeding, toileting and bedtimes can help them feel more secure, and can give them the emotional tools they need to more readily handle bigger changes in their lives. Additionally, establishing healthy habits early in life can help ensure that children will continue those healthy habits well into adulthood.

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