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
WHAT IT ENTAILED
Partners, caregivers, and early childhood workers shared used our toolkit to share facts about early childhood development
Caregivers shared their stories about their child’s development, key milestones, support that has helped them as a parent, or how they’ve supported parents of young children.
Pledge signers let our state’s leaders know California must do better in supporting families with young children.
Week 8 – 12/10 to 12/12
Week 7 – 12/4 to 12/6
Week 6 – 11/25 to 11/27
Week 5 – 11/18 to 11/22
Week 4 – 11/11 to 11/15
Week 3 – 11/4 to 11/8
Week 2 – 10/28 to 11/1
Week 1 – 10/21 to 10/25
What advice about caring for children has been the most helpful to you? Why?
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)?
Which developmental milestone that your babies and toddlers reached were you most excited about? What developmental milestone worried you the most?
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?
As you saw your babies and toddlers grow up, is there something you wished you would have known during this time?
What was it was like seeing your babies and toddlers grow up: What was unexpected? How did you feel/react?