Talking is Teaching Campaign Celebrating its Two-Year Anniversary


Too Small to Fail’s Talking is Teaching initiative aiming to improve learning in young children is approaching its two-year anniversary. The campaign has been gaining traction ever since its 2017 launch, and Onondaga County is the 12th community nationwide to participate.

The “Talk, Read, Sing” program is designed to encourage parents to improve a child’s learning by being more vocal and engaging in conversations with babies and toddlers.

The campaign uses a range of techniques to promote the movement including social media, text messaging, billboards, books, and videos.

“We’re so excited about this campaign because we just see it as such a positive, momentum-building campaign for our community,” says Laurie Black, Early Childhood Alliance Director.

The campaign stresses that learning begins at birth, and although young babies and toddlers may not be able to respond or carry on a complete conversation, it is important to engage in dialogue with them. Simply describing things to your child, narrating your day, and repeating noises they make back to them can improve their language abilities.

“Simple things like talking and reading and singing are the ways that we build our children’s vocabulary and brain development,” Black says.

It is also important for mothers to know that babies are aware of what is going on from the womb and can begin picking up bits of information.

Trained Home Visitor Lakisa Terrell goes into mothers’ homes bringing resources with goal planning for mothers teaching their children.

“I let them know the importance of doing things with your child, talking, reading, singing to them from the womb,” says Terrell.

There will be a Playground Sign Unveiling Friday, June 14th at 10:30am at 106 Lake Drive in Liverpool. To learn more about this program, visit the TalkReadSingOnondaga Facebook page.

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