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 1, WEEK 4

Click here for past posts.

Week 4 – 9/9 to 9/13

9/9/19

A strong bond between babies and caregivers is rocket fuel for healthy development. Here are some everyday tips for parents and caregivers on how to encourage learning and attachment. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

 

9/10/19

Parents often put their kids’ well-being first before even thinking about their own needs, and may not make time to take care of themselves. But if parents are feeling stressed, aren’t able to make ends meet, are juggling multiple jobs, and aren’t getting enough sleep, then their own physical and mental health may suffer — and their health is just as important to creating a healthy, happy relationship with their baby, which is essential to their development. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/11/19

New parents and caregivers are dealing with new responsibilities, changes in their relationships with other adults, exhaustion, and, many times, feelings of isolation. Many parents face additional adversity such as difficulty making ends meet. Parents’ health and well-being is crucial for them and for the health and well-being of their children because babies’ mental health is closely intertwined with their parents’. #TalktheTot #ProKid  https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/12/19

Parents aren’t the only ones helping kids grow and develop – we all have a role in this process! All the everyday interactions babies and toddlers have with other people in different environments help shape the way they learn and interpret the world around them. Learn more about important interactions babies have when out and about in their communities! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

9/13/19

Did you know that even the smallest interactions with other people in the community help young kids develop their social and cognitive skills? For example, when a friendly face smiles back at a baby at the supermarket, it’s helping them learn how to interact with others! Learn more here. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

9/9/19

A strong bond between babies and caregivers is rocket fuel for healthy development. Here are some everyday tips for parents and caregivers on how to encourage learning and attachment. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

 

9/10/19

Parents often put their kids’ well-being first before even thinking about their own needs, and may not make time to take care of themselves. But if parents are feeling stressed, aren’t able to make ends meet, are juggling multiple jobs, and aren’t getting enough sleep, then their own physical and mental health may suffer — and their health is just as important to creating a healthy, happy relationship with their baby, which is essential to their development. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/11/19

New parents and caregivers are dealing with new responsibilities, changes in their relationships with other adults, exhaustion, and, many times, feelings of isolation. Many parents face additional adversity such as difficulty making ends meet. Parents’ health and well-being is crucial for them and for the health and well-being of their children because babies’ mental health is closely intertwined with their parents’. #TalktheTot #ProKid  https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/12/19

Parents aren’t the only ones helping kids grow and develop – we all have a role in this process! All the everyday interactions babies and toddlers have with other people in different environments help shape the way they learn and interpret the world around them. Learn more about important interactions babies have when out and about in their communities! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

9/13/19

Did you know that even the smallest interactions with other people in the community help young kids develop their social and cognitive skills? For example, when a friendly face smiles back at a baby at the supermarket, it’s helping them learn how to interact with others! Learn more here. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

9/9/19

A strong bond between babies and caregivers is rocket fuel for healthy development. Here are some everyday tips for parents and caregivers on how to encourage learning and attachment. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

 

9/10/19

Parents often put their kids’ well-being first and may not take care of themselves. But parents’ health is essential to babies’ health and development #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/11/19

The well-being of parents is crucial for a child’s healthy development because their health is closely intertwined to that of their parents’. #TalktheTot #ProKid  https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/12/19

Parents aren’t the only ones helping kids grow & develop. All the everyday interactions babies & toddlers have w/ other people in different environments help shape the way they learn & interpret the world around them. Learn more #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

9/13/19

DYK that even the smallest interactions w/in the community help young kids develop their social & cognitive skills? When a friendly face smiles back at a baby at the market, it helps them learn how to interact with others! #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/commplaces

PAST POSTS

Week 3 – 9/3 to 9/6

9/3/19

“Serve and return” is the back and forth interaction between caregivers and babies. Responding in positive and caring ways help to set the foundation for healthy futures. Parents, caregivers, providers, and friends all participate in this by playing, talking, reading, hugging, and smiling with babies! Learn more about this crucial element of the brain development process here #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

 

9/4/19

What’s executive function? @HarvardCenter says to think of it as the control tower at a busy airport, managing and controlling multiple planes coming in and out and the support crews on the ground simultaneously. It’s the same with a child’s brain learning to manage multiple sources of information, as well as the distractions in the world around them. These skills include paying attention, following rules, and planning ahead. Learn how to support babies and toddlers to build these skills. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/5/19

A child’s resilience is shaped by the experiences and relationships with caring adults throughout their life. Since babies’ brains are increasingly adaptable, and develop at a rapid rate, building resilience during the early years can lead to a more effective response to toxic stress and adverse conditions later in life. Learn more about it here! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/6/19

From the moment they’re born, babies are particularly tuned in to human speech, which means they begin forming the building blocks of language in those early years of life. In fact, language, reading, and writing skills develop at the same time and are intimately linked.
Learn more about early language development and the incredible benefits of early bilingualism here. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/langdev

9/3/19

“Serve and return” is the back and forth interaction between caregivers and babies. Responding in positive and caring ways help to set the foundation for healthy futures. Parents, caregivers, providers, and friends all participate in this by playing, talking, reading, hugging, and smiling with babies! Learn more about this crucial element of the brain development process here #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

 

9/4/19

What’s executive function? @HarvardCenter says to think of it as the control tower at a busy airport, managing and controlling multiple planes coming in and out and the support crews on the ground simultaneously. It’s the same with a child’s brain learning to manage multiple sources of information, as well as the distractions in the world around them. These skills include paying attention, following rules, and planning ahead. Learn how to support babies and toddlers to build these skills. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/5/19

A child’s resilience is shaped by the experiences and relationships with caring adults throughout their life. Since babies’ brains are increasingly adaptable, and develop at a rapid rate, building resilience during the early years can lead to a more effective response to toxic stress and adverse conditions later in life. Learn more about it here! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/6/19

From the moment they’re born, babies are particularly tuned in to human speech, which means they begin forming the building blocks of language in those early years of life. In fact, language, reading, and writing skills develop at the same time and are intimately linked.
Learn more about early language development and the incredible benefits of early bilingualism here. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/langdev

9/3/19

“Serve and return” is the back & forth interaction between caregivers & babies. Responding in positive & caring ways helps to set the foundation for healthy development! Learn more about this here #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/4/19

What’s executive function? @HarvardCenter says it’s like a control tower at a busy airport. It’s the function of the brain that enables us to pay attention, follow rules, & plan ahead. Learn how to help babies build these skills #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/5/19

A young child’s resiliency is shaped by experiences & relationships w/ caring adults. Since their brains are increasingly adaptable, building resilience in the early years can lead to more effective responses to stress later on #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/tot

9/6/19

From the moment they’re born, babies are particularly tuned in to human speech, which means they’re forming the building blocks of language early. Learn more about early language development & the benefits of early bilingualism. #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/langdev

Week 2 – 8/26 to 8/30

8/26/19

Fun fact: The temporal lobe is in charge of socio-emotional development and between 6-12 months of a child’s life, babies reach their most significant emotional milestone. Want to know what it is? Check out this brain illustration to find out! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

Mother and Father Laughing while Holding Baby

8/27/19

Did you know babies are learning to communicate in the first months of life? The parietal lobe is the part of the brain that is responsible for interpreting words and begins developing early on. In fact, it may not seem like babies understand what you are saying, but every word you say to them helps them develop their language skills, making it important to read and talk to your baby everyday. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/28/19

Despite all the science on brain development that’s available, there are still some common myths about early childhood development out there, but we’re here to help shine some light! Test your knowledge with this quick true and false quiz #TalktheTot #ProKid https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/quiz/

8/29/19

A common myth is that crying is the only way babies communicate. Check out the #TalktheTot quiz to learn more! #ProKid https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/quiz/

8/30/19

Children’s early experiences build and shape their brain and leave a lasting impact. But what skills are children forming and how can adults promote healthy brain development?

Responsive caregiving, development of executive function and self-regulation skills, and resiliency. Read more about it here!#TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/tot

8/26/19

#FunFact: Between 6-12 months of a child’s life, babies reach their most significant emotional milestone. Want to know what it is? Check out this brain illustration to find out! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/27/19

DYK babies are learning to communicate in the first months of life? Babies will communicate through coos or gurgling sounds. Every word you say to them helps them develop their language skills. It’s never too early to talk to babies! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/28/19

I took the #TalktheTot quiz to test my knowledge on early childhood development – check it out here! https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/quiz/

8/29/19

A common myth is that crying is the only way babies communicate. Check out the #TalktheTot quiz to learn more! #ProKid https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/quiz/

8/30/19

Early experiences and adult-child relationships matter. Responsive caregiving shapes children’s brain development, development of self-regulation skills, and resiliency. Read more about it here! #TalktheTot https://go.childrennow.org/tot

8/26/19

Fun fact: The temporal lobe is in charge of socio-emotional development and between 6-12 months of a child’s life, babies reach their most significant emotional milestone. Want to know what it is? Check out this brain illustration to find out! #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/27/19

Did you know babies are learning to communicate in the first months of life? The parietal lobe is the part of the brain that is responsible for interpreting words and begins developing early on. In fact, it may not seem like babies understand what you are saying, but every word you say to them helps them develop their language skills making it important to read and talk to your baby everyday. #TalktheTot #ProKid https://go.childrennow.org/braincomp

8/29/19

A common myth is that crying is the only way babies communicate. Check out the #TalktheTot quiz to learn more! #ProKid https://www.childrennow.org/talkthetot/quiz/

8/30/19

Children’s early experiences build and shape their brain and leave a lasting impact. But what skills are children forming and how can adults promote healthy brain development?

Responsive caregiving, development of executive function and self-regulation skills, and resiliency. Read more about it here: https://go.childrennow.org/tot

#TalktheTot #ProKid

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

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