As librarians, we know that talking to young children, toddlers, and babies is good for their brains, but we need to make sure our patrons know! Resources for educating parents in your community on the importance of simply talking with and listening to their children can be found at:
If parents want early learning suggestions, recommend one of these free texting programs.
- Ready, Set, Kindergarten on the Go! Brooklyn Public Library’s early literacy/school readiness texting service that supports Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs.
- Talking Is Teaching and Sesame Street have partnered with Text4Baby to launch the first national text-to-parents program supporting early literacy. Check out the website or text BABY to 511411.
- Talk to Your Baby This collaboration between the New York City Children’s Cabinet, a multi-agency organization established by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the national organization Too Small to Fail utilizes text messaging to urge parents to talk, read, and sing to their babies from birth. Visit the website or text TALK to 877877.
- NYC Department of Education’s Pre-K On the Go Parents can receive text messages about fun educational activities to do with pre-K children outside of school. See the website or text PREK to 877877.