The message that it’s critically important to later learning for parents and caregivers to speak, sing and read to young children has hit prime time.
Two popular TV shows, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” have recently featured characters talking about the cognitive gains that come from talking to children. Both characters are moms who have recently learned about what’s known as the “word gap” between children from low-income backgrounds and those from wealthier backgrounds.
This new spotlight on early childhood development in pop culture is no accident. Writers from both shows were approached by and worked with staff from the Too Small to Fail initiative, which is focused on spreading the message that talking to children in the early years is a key to future school success.