Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
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.
We are thrilled to announce that we just launched a new partnership with the National Black Child Development Institute, Scholastic and Gerber to encourage families to turn meal time into talk time. Our goal is to promote mealtime conversations and inform parents on how these simple, everyday moments can support children’s early brain and language development. As part of this partnership, we will distribute 100,000 copies of a nutrition-themed children’s book, At the Farmer’s Market, to expose children to healthy foods and foster a love of reading while promoting language-rich conversations during meal time.
Tip of the Week
You can make grocery shopping more fun by talking about the colors, shapes and textures of the fruits and vegetables you see. You can say: “Wow, look at this humongous, round, green striped watermelon. It’s so big! What other foods are big?”
In Case You Missed It
Did you know that playing at the playground has many benefits for your child’s early development? It can help your little one develop physical skills, confidence, and social skills. In order to promote early brain and language development while children are at play, we’ve partnered with the non-profit organization, Shane’s Inspiration and playground manufacturer Landscape Structures to bring language-rich Talking is Teaching playgrounds to communities across the country.
In September, we opened a new Talking is Teaching playground in East Oakland and launched the second phase of our early literacy campaign in the city. Learn more about the event and our Oakland campaign here.