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Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing

Children’s Minnesota is proud to join City of Minneapolis and other business and community leaders in the launch of a new campaign to boost the early brain growth and language skills of children from birth through age 3. The campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a community-wide effort with promotion from Too Small to Fail, a national, joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

 “Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing” aims to close the “word gap” — a difference of about 30 million words that children in high-income families hear from parents and caregivers by their fourth birthday, compared to those in low-income families. The more words children hear and learn from parents and caregivers, the greater their chance of success through the preschool and kindergarten years, and the more benefits to their lifelong health and well-being.


VIDEO: Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Dr. Gigi Chawla on filling the word gap


Research shows that parents and caregivers can help close the word gap by talking, reading and singing with their children from birth every day. These activities have a profound impact on the early learning of very young children because the structure of their brains is developing during the first few years of life, laying a foundation to grow and thrive.

Children’s Minnesota has been working closely with the City of Minneapolis through Mayor Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet, a major initiative of her administration focused on developing a plan to eliminate disparities for children in the City of Minneapolis prenatally to 3 years old.