First 5 San Joaquin - Children & Families Commission > Parents and Caregivers > Early Literacy

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.

"Talk, Read, Sing, Draw, Play" is a parent engagement campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday activities. Talk, Read, Sing, Draw, Play is a campaign of University of the Pacific's Beyond Our Gates program, and is implemented in partnership with First 5 San Joaquin and other key community partners.  

Access the resources below for more information:

Other Early Literacy Resources:

Our Vision

All San Joaquin County children will thrive in supportive, nurturing and loving environments, enter school healthy and ready to learn & become productive, well-adjusted members of society.

Contact Us
102 S. San Joaquin Street, Stockton, CA 95202
P.O. Box: 201056, Stockton, CA 95201
(209) 953-KIDS (5437)
(209) 932-2675
First 5 San Joaquin