The research is clear: the first few years of life are crucial to a child’s brain development and future language skills. The best way to build strong neurological connections? One-on-one, verbal interactions between the child and an adult caregiver.
But what does that interaction sound like? What’s the best way to talk to a baby who can’t talk back yet?
A Sunday story from reporter Katherine Long describes how a new pilot program is working to give parents in South King County the tools to strengthen early brain development. Called Vroom, the program includes hundreds of suggested activities — from mimicking a baby’s babbling noises to playing peek-a-boo — that parents can try at different ages.
Plans call for the activities to appear in multiple languages on posters, cue cards and phone apps. Launched by the Bezos Family Foundation, the pilot program could eventually become a national campaign with messaging on products like toothpaste and diaper wipes.