baby talk photo - newBaby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers

Issue No. 32, January 2014

Who’s Good at Math?

If a 6-month-old can distinguish between 20 dots and 10 dots, he or she is more likely to be a good at math in preschool. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that part of our proficiency at addition and subtraction may simply be something we’re born with. Learn more at


Early Childhood Intervention: The Power of Family

This free video highlights the benefits of early childhood intervention to children of diverse abilities and their families.


Simple Ways to Support Talking, Reading, and Writing

Talking and reading together each day lays the foundation for babies to become readers and writers. Here are some fun and simple ways for babies and caregivers to enjoy talking, reading, and writing as they go about their daily activities.


Supporting Babies Through QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement Systems)

These documents aim to help ensure that QRISs are supporting the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers. Current titles in the series include:

  • Implementation Status and Tools in US States and Other Jurisdictions– A national scan of the operational status of U.S. states’ and jurisdictions’ QRIS, as well as links to their QRIS standards and tools
  • Inclusion of Infant and Toddler Quality Standards– Examples of QRIS standards that have been included in statewide QRISs and intentionally help programs promote the healthy development and learning of infants and toddlers

A self-assessment tool for states and jurisdictions to use to identify the strengths, opportunities, and gaps in their coordinated system of quality improvement for programs serving infants and toddlers will be coming in the spring of 2014.


Tummy Time

Here’s a great video about why tummy time is important and how to do it, even for very young infants or for babies who dislike it. It covers how, when, what and why in clear and easily understandable words and images.

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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.