TALK THE TOT ™

A campaign to spread the word about the critical importance of supporting babies, toddlers, and their families to foster children’s healthy development.

More than 1,000,000 new neural connections form every second in a child’s first few years of life.

The first three years of a child’s life are a period of rapid brain development. Meaning that the experiences of babies and toddlers have an enormous impact on their brain’s architecture — the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. Yet, too often, families with young children are disconnected from or can’t access the supports that would help them optimize their child’s healthy growth and development.1

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Show your commitment to improving support for babies, toddlers, and their families.

Join us in a social media campaign to Talk the Tot and spread the word about early childhood development and the importance of supporting babies, toddlers, and their families. We all have a role to play in ensuring our children have the best possible beginnings in life. Help us start the conversation.

WHAT IT ENTAILS

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LEARN

Use our toolkit to share facts about early childhood development

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SHARE

Share your stories about your child’s development, key milestones, support that has helped you as a parent, or how you’ve supported parents of young children.

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JOIN US

Let our state’s leaders know California must do better in supporting families with young children.

PHASE 1, WEEK 1

Click here for past posts.

Week 1 – 8/20 to 8/23

8/20/19 – Post 1

We all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy, to be confident and resilient, and to be lifelong learners and make lasting friendships! That’s why [I’m/we’re] excited to #TalktheTot about the importance of the first few years of life and the support our kids need to achieve anything they want to. We all have a role to play in supporting families. Sign the pledge to help us start the conversation! https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/ Use the hashtag: #TalktheTot

8/21/19 – Post 2

The first three years of a child’s life are the most active period for establishing brain architecture – one million neural connections every second! It’s the time when the brain’s architecture is formed. Their experiences and relationships during this time inform future learning, behavior and health. #TalktheTot and sign the pledge to support early childhood! Learn more about this exciting campaign led by @childrennow here. #ProKid

8/22/19 – Post 3

The brain develops at an astonishing rate during the early years. Did you know that in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second? This is a time where all young kids are learning through every experience they have with their parents, caregivers, service providers, neighbors, family and friends. Learn more about how you can help support the development! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/23/19 – Post 4

Have you wondered what part of the brain is responsible for all the little movements your baby is doing in the first few months? Thanks to the cerebellum, babies learn how to coordinate their movements, and as such, from birth to age 1, they’re moving a lot! Infants need safe and secure environments –and lots of time with caring adults– so they feel comfortable as they learn to control their limbs and build the muscles they’ll need for walking, running, and jumping. Learn more about how babies are learning how coordinate their movements here! #TalktheTot #ProKid

8/20/19 – Post 1

We all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy! That’s why [I’m/we’re] excited to #TalktheTot about the importance of the a child’s first years of life. Sign the pledge to help us start the conversation! https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/ Use the hashtags #TalktheTot

8/21/19 – Post 2

In the first three years, babies brains are forming more that one million new neural connections every second. It’s an important time to support our babies and families! #TalktheTot and sign the pledge to support early childhood! #ProKid

8/22/19 – Post 3

DYK that in the 1st years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second? It’s a time where kids are learning through every experience and interaction they have. Learn how you can support the brain development of your child! #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/23/19 – Post 4

From birth to age 1 babies learn how to coordinate their movements & are moving a lot! Infants need safe environments & lots of time with caring adults so they feel comfortable as they build the muscles they’ll need for walking. Learn more here! #TalktheTot

8/20/19 – Post 1

The brain develops at an astonishing rate during the early years. Did you know that in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second? This is a time where all young kids are learning through every experience they have with their parents, caregivers, service providers, neighbors, family and friends. Learn more about how you can help support the development! Link in bio #TalktheTot #ProKid

8/21/19 – Post 2

The first three years of a child’s life are the most active period for establishing brain architecture – one million neural connections every second! It’s the time when the brain’s architecture is formed. Their experiences and relationships during this time inform future learning, behavior and health. #TalktheTot and sign the pledge to support early childhood! Learn more about this exciting campaign led by @childrennow here. #ProKid

8/22/19 – Post 3

The brain develops at an astonishing rate during the early years. Did you know that in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second? This is a time where all young kids are learning through every experience they have with their parents, caregivers, service providers, neighbors, family and friends. Learn more about how you can help support the development! Link in bio #TalktheTot #ProKid

8/23/19 – Post 4

The brain develops at an astonishing rate during the early years. Did you know that in the first few years of life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second? This is a time where all young kids are learning through every experience they have with their parents, caregivers, service providers, neighbors, family and friends. Learn more about how you can help support the development! Link in bio #TalktheTot #ProKid

TOT LEADERS

We’re proud to introduce leaders who have committed to helping us spread the word.

Influencer is an influencer raising awareness on post-partum depression. She’s taking the pledge to encourage better resources so that kids and mothers have access to services to live happily and healthily.

PAST POSTS

RESOURCES

To learn more about early childhood development, see these resources.

To learn more about supports for early childhood development, see these resources.

Click here to view all resources utilized in this campaign.

Have a question?

Contact us at mmejia@childrennow.org

  1. https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/”>https://developingchild.harvard.edu/science/key-concepts/brain-architecture/