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Strive for 5!

By Too Small to Fail

Research shows that engaging young children in language-rich interactions such as talking, reading and singing every day can boost their brain and language development. We’ve partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Head Start Association and the National Association for Family Child Care to create Strive for 5!, a new national program designed to equip early educators with unique bilingual (English/Spanish) tools and resources to create language-rich environments for young children. 

The program materials include an Educator Guide, “Little Things” activity cards, mini posters with conversation prompts and rhymes, expert videos, and more. All the materials are downloadable at no cost from the program website—www.striveforfive.com. Educators and caregivers can also find resources to strengthen parent-educator connections and provide families with simple tips and ideas for ways they can talk, read and sing more with their children during everyday moments.


Tip of the Week

Turn diaper time into a playful daily routine with “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” or “Peek-a-Boo, Where Are You?”

Visit Strive for 5! to find more suggestions on how you can incorporate talking, reading and singing into daily activities with children such as diaper time, nap time, play time and snack time.


In Case You Missed It

In April, we launched the third year of our Univision campaign, Pequeños y Valiosos, an initiative that encourages Spanish speaking parents to engage in specific actions that promote children’s early brain and language development. Learn more about the campaign and participate through:

 -       A text messaging service (text “VALIOSOS” to 26262) that offers weekly text prompts, video tips and access to free tools to help parents and caregivers engage in meaningful, language-rich interactions with their young children;

 -       An early childhood section on Univision Contigo’s “Clave Al Exito” online parent portal that provides information, developmental benchmarks, as well as tips and tools for parents;

 -       A new “Padres de Univision” public community group on Facebook that encourages parents to share their own experiences and tips with one another.

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