babytalk2Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers

Issue No. 26, July 2013

Resources from the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement

This National Center has recently released new resources to support family networks and develop meaningful community partnerships. The resources can be used for team building, reflection, or discussion.

Research to Practice Series: Family Connections to Peers and Community
Positive Parent Child Relationships


Family Connections to Peers and Community


Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series
Bringing Families Together: Building Community



New Observation Resource from Early Head Start

Observation: The Heart of Individualizing Responsive Care (EHS TA Paper No. 15) is a new resource that offers information on observation as well as strategies to support and strengthen this important component of quality infant and toddler care. The colorful 21-page document highlights what observation is, why it is important, what to observe, how to observe and document, how to set up observation systems, and using observation information.


Early Identification and Evaluation of Motor Delay 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a clinical report in the journal, Pediatrics, entitled “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (published online May 27, 2013). The report outlines the procedures that should be followed in screening children for delays in motor development at 9, 18, 30 and 48 months. A description of motor development skills that children should have at each age is included. (abstract) (full article)


Study Says Background TV Adds Significantly to Children’s Exposure

A recent study suggests that family members and caregivers should turn off the TV set if no one’s actually watching to limit hours of unintended exposure for young children. Researchers found that, on average, children in the US ages 8 and under were actually exposed to nearly four hours per day of television that was left on as background noise. For the youngest and poorest children, that exposure was more like 5½ – 6 hours a day on average according to the study. The hours of unintended exposure are worrisome because experts have suggested that television watching by young children can impact their cognitive development and lead to problems paying attention and interacting with others.
 (review) (full article)

Baby Talk is a free, one-way listserv that is distributed each month. Each issue features one or more resources, the majority of which are available to download at no cost.  To join the listserv, send an email with no message to subscribe-babytalk@listserv.unc.eduTo suggest resources, please contact Camille Catlett at or (919) 966-6635.