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Children’s Minnesota helps launch the Talking is Teaching initiative

Children’s Minnesota joined Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City of Minneapolis to launch the new Talking is Teaching initiative encouraging parents to talk, sing and read to their babies. The campaign is a community-wide effort to boost early brain growth and language skills of children from birth through age 3. Dr. Gigi Chawla, Children’s Minnesota senior medical director of the primary care division, serves as a member of Mayor Hodges’ Cradle to K cabinet and as a pediatric expert on behalf of the campaign.

Dr. Chawla and Mayor Hodges joined the WCCO-TV Mid-Morning Show to talk about how the community can work together to make sure all kids are exposed to an abundance of words at an early age. Watch the segment: Ask a pediatrician: Mpls. Mayor & Dr. Gigi talk filling the ‘word gap’.

The Star Tribune also ran an article about the initiative, in which Dr. Chawla provided expertise on early childhood brain development. Read the full article: Minneapolis launches new ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign to get parents and babies talking.

Kristin Tesmer