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Interested in learning more? Below are some of our favorite articles, movies and more from other experts and advocates on the topic of early childhood development.

How parenting has changed in a digital world, Mashable.com

Read about how parenting is different in a digitally-connected world, plus tips for appropriately incorporating technology into family time from Children’s Minnesota’s own Dr. Mike Troy.

Thirty Million Words, public initiative/program

Learn about the “Three T’s” – tune in, talk more and take turns – on ThirtyMillionWords.org, an Illinois-based education effort for parents to help build young brains with words.

The surgeon who became an activist for baby talk, NPR

Listen to Dr. Dana Suskind from the University of Chicago discuss the Thirty Million Words initiative on NPR, including the word gap, the 0-to-3 age period, socioeconomic factors and the “Three T’s.”

Talk With Me Baby, public initiative/program

Visit TalkWithMeBaby.org, an education program for parents to learn why talking, reading and singing with your baby every day can make a big difference in their first three years of life.

Why boosting poor children’s vocabulary is important for public health, The Atlantic

Read about how health officials and care providers in Georgia are linking early childhood development to the overall well-being of the state. The Atlantic explains the Talk with Me Baby initiative and its effect on public health.

Healthy Children Radio: Reading aloud to infants, American Academy of Pediatrics

Hear what Dr. Pamela High from Hasbro Children’s Hospital has to say about early childhood literacy development on the Healthy Children show on RadioMD, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Boosting early language learning, one recording session at a time, MinnPost.com

Some Spanish-speaking families in Minneapolis are participating in early childhood education classes to build their communications skills with their young children. Read more about unique programs like these and how they are helping to close the word gap in Minnesota on MinnPost.com.

10 reasons play makes babies smarter, Parents.com

Read about most importance benefits of play and learn some new playtime tips and tricks at Parents.com.

Caution! Caution! Children at play! American Academy of Pediatrics

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should regularly schedule time to play with their kids. Read more about the importance of play on healthychildren.org.

Turning down the background noise could help toddlers learn, NPR

Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that turning off the TV may make it easier for your toddler to learn new words. Listen to NPR to learn how background noise can affect your child’s learning abilities.

What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers and Screen Time, NPR

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages passive screen time for kids, especially babies under age two. Listen to NPR to learn more about the difference between passive and active screen time.

When to Introduce Your Child to a Smartphone or Tablet, PBS

Visit PBS.org for tips on introducing your child to handheld wireless devices like smartphones or tablets.

68 Swedish kids turn an office into chaos, UNICEF

Parents today often work via their mobile phones while spending time with their children. Check out UNICEF’s new public service announcement and learn how to use the PlayTimer app.

Pioneering new film “The Beginning of Life” to be released across global streaming and multimedia platforms, UNICEF

The Beginning of Life documents the early lives of children and their families from several different cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds. Visit UNICEF’s website to watch the trailer or download the video.

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science, NPR

Listen to psychologists Roberta Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on NPR, discussing the “6 C’s” of early childhood development – collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation and confidence.

Secret Life of Babies, PBS series

Watch the Secret Life of Babies series on PBS.org that documents the early development of children, starting with newborns and following their growth as they become toddlers.


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Julie Franz