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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Empowering Parents

A parent and child play together with a toy grocery store
A parent and child play together in Hawkins
Many of you have been trained in the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum, emphasizing helping parents and caregivers understand the importance of five early literacy practices (Playing, Talking, Singing, Reading, and Writing), and the simple things they can do to help their children's brain development.  If you aren't already familiar with this program, please let me know, I'd love to talk with you more about it!

Today at a meeting for a local group trying to get a Talking Is Teaching effort off the ground in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, I learned about the Vroom App, which is designed to help parents/caregivers build brain-boosting conversations into every day activities (eating breakfast, getting dressed, and more).  There was a powerful SHORT video on the site (scroll to the bottom of the home page), emphasizing the importance of sharing with parents that they have the power and ability to make a difference in their children's brain development.  Check it out to get inspired.  And then let's talk about what you are doing to help parents and caregivers feel empowered to make a difference for their children.

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