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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. 

Parents and caregivers can help boost their child’s early brain development and language skills through simple actions like talking, reading, and singing—simply through their everyday moments in the everyday places they visit together.

This week, Too Small to Fail announced three new Commitments to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver to help parents and families make any space and any time the perfect opportunity for talking, reading, and singing with their littlest learners.

Tip of the week

Wash time can be talk time! While you’re doing laundry, talk about what you see and what your baby is looking at: “Look at the soap bubbles going around and around! These help keep our clothes clean.” Or, “How does this shirt feel? It’s so smooth and soft.”


Let's Talk About Clothes


There is so much to see and talk about! 

You can make any time talk time with your baby. Whether you’re walking outside, doing laundry, or playing on the playground, you can describe the things you see and do to help build your child’s vocabulary. See how these parents ask questions and talk with their children about everyday things. 

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