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

Utilize our resources and 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.

I’M TAKING THE PLEDGE!

Click here to sign up and join a community.

PHASE 1, WEEK 1

Week of July 8th
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Post 1

We all want our kids to grow up healthy and happy, to be confident and resilient, and to be creative 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! Use the hashtag: #TalktheTot

Post 2

90% of a child’s brain develops by the age of five. Their first three years is the most active period for establishing neural connections. It’s the time when the brain’s architecture is formed. Their experiences during this time inform all 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

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 of different parts of the brain! #TalktheTot #ProKid

TOT LEADERS

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

Primary influencers showcased here.

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.

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.

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

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 of different parts of the brain! #TalktheTot #ProKid

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/