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Issue No. 35, April 2014

Babies Use Verbs to Learn New Nouns

Babies learning speech figure out what an object is by listening to others talk about what that object does. When babies learn to talk, they pay close attention to grammar. Specifically verbs. A new study shows that hearing what an object does is how they learn what an object is.



The Youngest Americans: A Statistical Portrait of Infants and Toddlers in the US

Child Trends has produced a statistical portrait of infants and toddlers nationwide that pulls together the latest facts on demographics, child health and development, parental well-being, neighborhood and family context, and public/private supports.  The report has great information for trainers and technical assistance providers, leaders, policy makers, and other folks who care about our youngest children.



Continuity of Care for Infants and Toddlers(with thanks to Taking Root, a publication of the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation)


  • What Do We Mean by Continuity of Care in Out-Of-Home Settings? describes effective approaches for building the connections between very young children and caregivers.



Healthy From the Start: How Feeding Nurtures Your Young Child’s Body, Heart and Mind

This ZERO TO THREE resource offers, in English and Spanish, great ideas for helping a young child learn healthy eating habits. In addition to suggestions for how to build a positive body image, the booklet includes some great tips for managing mealtimes with picky eaters. (Spanish)

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.