64% of Georgia’s 3rd graders lack the necessary vocabulary & reading comprehension skills to be reading on grade level. – Annie E. Casey Foundation
The brain undergoes its most dramatic development during the first three years of life. This makes early childhood a “period of great vulnerability, but also a period of great opportunity.” We know that young children (aged 0-5) in foster care have often suffered from environments that do not nurture brain development and they become at-risk of falling behind in their developmental learning. These development delays can have a significant impact on the child’s cognitive ability for language, literacy, school readiness, and ultimately educational success.
This training equips the community serving Georgia’s youngest foster children with the ability to:
- Understand basic concepts associated with child language and brain development;
- Demonstrate requisite verbal (e.g., inflection, intonation, narrative quality, and interrogative engagement) and nonverbal skills (e.g., visual contact) for delivering language nutrition;
- Demonstrate the ability to use a specific language nutrition strategy (e.g., singing, storytelling, or narrating actions);
- Understand the relationship between language nutrition and creating a create a supportive and responsive relationship with their young foster child(ren);
- Demonstrate the ability to teach others how to provide language nutrition to foster children.
The six organizations leading Talk With Me Baby:
- Amerigroup supported the creation of the curriculum and videos
- Georgia Public Broadcasting produced the videos
- Endurance Project Management, with guidance from the TWMB Initiative, created the curriculum, training and is facilitating the train-the-trainer sessions
- Georgia Department of Child and Family Services supported the creation of the train-the-trainer model and its implementation