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Talk, Read, Sing, Draw, Play

Mother and daughter reading book

Ninety (90) percent of a child's brain develops in the first 5 years of life. Research shows that the first three years of life are critical to long-term brain development and to successful academic outcomes in K‐12 and beyond. We know the opposite is also true. Children who are deprived of a nurturing, enriching environment enter kindergarten unprepared and quickly fall behind their peers. Talking, reading, singing, writing and playing with children are the easiest and most powerful ways of helping them grow up smarter, happier and better prepared for a bright future. Access the resources below for more information:

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