Baby TalkBaby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers

Issue No. 23, April 2013

More on Toddlers, Touchscreens and Learning

This article by Lisa Guernsey highlights findings from several recent publications related to the use of personal technology with toddlers.


Early Experience Shapes Later Literacy

We often say that parents are children’s first teachers and that the path to reading success begins at birth. We know that skills beget skills – not to mention confidence.  A recent report – “PIRLS 2011 Canada in Context: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study” – quantifies the impact of children’s early experiences on their developing literacy.


Supporting Growth and Development of Babies in Child Care: What Does the Research Say

This brief explores the research on the healthy growth and development of babies in child care, and the state child care licensing, subsidy policies, and quality initiatives that can increase the odds that babies and toddlers have positive early learning experiences.


Babies Whose Efforts Are Praised Become More Motivated Kids

We think our babies are so smart, so amazing. But please, say Stanford researchers, don’t tell them that. “It’s better to focus on effort and the action your baby is doing. This means saying ‘You worked hard on that’ versus ‘you’re so good at that,’ “says Professor Carol S. Dweck. Dweck’s study showed that the kind of praise parents give their babies and toddlers influences the child’s motivation later on. It also plays a role in children’s beliefs about themselves and their desire to take on challenges five years later.


Tips for Families Series
The Office of Head Start, National Center on Health, has published a new series of tip sheets to  provide important information to families about how to strengthen the health and wellness of young children. Some of the topics include: active play, health literacy, healthy breathing, healthy eating, mental health, oral health, and safety and injury prevention.

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