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.

Join our pledge signers below

   Nima, Adrienne on behalf of Avery, Michelle, Michele, Lois, Heather on behalf of children in her community, Sarah, Alison, Margaret, Erika on behalf of Shiloh, Karen, Josefina, Bonnie on behalf of Nathan, Erica, Amber, Wendy, Maria, September, Andrea, Susan, Evelyn on behalf of Steven, Carolyn.

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 3, WEEK 8

Click here for past posts.

Week 8 – 12/10 to 12/12

12/10/19

Did you know that the annual cost of infant child care is an average of $16, 542? This means that child care costs exceed in-state tuition fees at a public university in California.

High-quality child care that meets the needs of working parents and sets children on a path to academic and future success is critical to California’s future. However, high-quality child care is out of reach for many families with low-incomes and the availability of child care across the state is insufficient to meet need.

Read our blog to learn more about the importance of high-quality child care and what California can do to make it more affordable and accessible to families #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/11/19

Although most families qualify for child care assistance, the state has failed to scale subsidy programs and currently fewer than 14% of income-eligible children have access to subsidized child care. As a result, the vast majority of families struggle to find consistent, quality child care that allows them to work and that they can afford.

If every family in California were able to enroll their children in high-quality child care, kids and parents would reap incredible benefits. High-quality child care creates a two-generation effect on workforce where:

-Children are better off as adults in the long-term because of gained social and educational capital
-In the short-term, maternal education, labor for participation, and parental income increase.

To learn more, check out our blog! #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/12/19

While California has taken significant steps in the last few years toward increasing funding for early care and education programs, there is more that needs to be done.

In the short-term, policymakers should increase the number of infants and toddlers that receive state-funded child care, while also investing in the infrastructure and workforce development necessary to provide high-quality care. #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/10/19

High-quality child care that meets the needs of working parents and sets children on a path to academic and future success is critical to California’s future. However, high-quality child care is out of reach for many families with low-incomes and the availability of child care across the state is insufficient to meet need.

Follow the link in bio to learn more about the importance of high-quality child care and what California can do to make it more affordable and accessible to families #TalktheTot

**Instagram stories quiz

Story1:
What is the average annual cost of infant child care?

A. $12,500 or less
B. Over $16,000

Story2:
The average annual cost is $16, 542! This means that child care costs exceed in-state tuition fees at a public university in California. See our post for more info! #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/11/19

Although most families qualify for child care assistance, the state has failed to scale subsidy programs and currently fewer than 14% of income-eligible children have access to subsidized child care. As a result, the vast majority of families struggle to find consistent, quality child care that allows them to work and that they can afford.

If every family in California were able to enroll their children in high-quality child care, kids and parents would reap incredible benefits. To learn more, check out our blog! #TalktheTot

**Instagram stories quiz :

Story1:
High-quality child care creates a two-generation effect on workforce where:

-Children are better off as adults in the long-term because of gained social and educational capital
-In the short-term, maternal education, labor for participation, and parental income increase.

Story2:
Check out our post to learn more! #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/12/19

While California has taken significant steps in the last few years toward increasing funding for early care and education programs, there is more that needs to be done.

In the short-term, policymakers should increase the number of infants and toddlers that receive state-funded child care, while also investing in the infrastructure and workforce development necessary to provide high-quality care. #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/10/19

TWITTER THREAD

TW1:
High-quality child care that meets the needs of working parents and sets children on a path to academic and future success is critical to California’s future. (1/3)

TW2:
However, high-quality child care is out of reach for many families with low-incomes and the availability of child care across the state is insufficient to meet need. (2/3)

TW3:
Read our blog to learn more about the importance of high-quality child care and what California can do to make it more affordable and accessible to families #TalktheTot (3/3)

**Twitter poll: please participate in our poll, you’re also welcome to post this.

Poll1:
What is the average annual cost of infant child care?

A. $12,500 or less
B. Over $16,000

TW comment below poll:
The average annual cost is $16, 542! This means that child care costs exceed in-state tuition fees at a public university in California. #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

12/11/19

TWITTER THREAD

TW1:
Although most families qualify for child care assistance, the state has failed to scale subsidy programs and currently fewer than 14% of income-eligible children have access to subsidized child care. (1/3)

TW2:
As a result, the vast majority of families struggle to find consistent, quality child care that allows them to work and that they can afford. (2/3)

TW3:
If every family in CA were able to enroll their children in high-quality child care, kids and parents would reap incredible benefits. To learn more, check out our blog! #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va (3/3)

12/12/19

TWITTER THREAD

TW1:
While California has taken significant steps in the last few years toward increasing funding for early care and education programs, there is more that needs to be done.

TW2:
In the short-term, policymakers should increase the number of infants and toddlers that receive state-funded child care, while also investing in the infrastructure and workforce development necessary to provide high-quality care. #TalktheTot https://bit.ly/2Pqt1Va

PAST POSTS

PHASE 3

Week 6 – 11/25 to 11/27

Week 5 – 11/18 to 11/22

Week 4 – 11/11 to 11/15

Week 2 – 10/28 to 11/1

Week 1 – 10/21 to 10/25

PHASE 2

10/9

What advice about caring for children has been the most helpful to you? Why?

10/7

What was most challenging about raising a baby and what support do families need? Parents, who helped you the most along the way (i.e. your parents, partner, friends, pediatrician, caregiver)?

10/2

Which developmental milestone that your babies and toddlers reached were you most excited about? What developmental milestone worried you the most?

9/30

Tell us about how you felt as your babies and toddlers developed and worked towards achieving their own developmental milestones. Were you excited? Anxious? Why or why not?

9/25

As you saw your babies and toddlers grow up, is there something you wished you would have known during this time?

9/23

What was it was like seeing your babies and toddlers grow up: What was unexpected? How did you feel/react?

PHASE 1

RESOURCES

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/