Let's Talk Miami
Research shows that children can detect differences in languages as early as ten months old. Speaking two or more languages at home has a profoundly positive effect on our little ones' brains.
Bilingual children have larger vocabularies than monolingual children and develop an enhanced ability to multitask. Their ability to shift from one language to another also helps bilingual children regulate their emotional responses.
In Case You Missed It
Last week, Too Small to Fail launched a new “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign in Miami, with a focus on supporting dual language learners. Too Small to Fail is partnering with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Univision Miami, and local leaders to raise awareness about the benefits of language-rich interactions between parents and children, in whatever language parents are most comfortable speaking.
The Talking is Teaching campaign is working with local partners to distribute tote bags including our parent toolkit, books and baby clothes with prompts to encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children. Families will receive these materials from pediatricians at Jackson Health System, health educators at Holtz Children's Hospital, Early Head Start teachers, and home visitors from the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade. The Miami-Dade County Library System and Help Me Grow will also integrate the campaign’s messages into their work with families.
Building on its multi-year national partnership with Univision called “Pequeños y Valiosos,” Too Small to Fail is also working with Univision’s affiliate television and radio stations in South Florida to provide in-depth news and information on early education and parenting.
Learn more about our new citywide campaign here.
Tip of The Week
Share a book with your child every day! It builds the foundation for your little one’s language and literacy skills, and is a great way to introduce your child to your home language.
Check out our tip sheet for more ideas on how you can use everyday moments to help your child learn your native language.