Infant and Toddler Language DevelopmentThis article is reprinted from the website of the National Network for Child Care.*
It emphasizes that reading to kids is not just a traditional form of care giving, but vital to children's development in school and later life. It outlines best practices for promoting literacy, including encouraging children to explore books, particularly those that have bright colors, and making reading part of a child's routine.
Publisher: Maine Children (January 2009)
*The National Network for Child Care unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities through the outreach system of Cooperative Extension. Our goal is to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the landgrant universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public. We network with committed individuals around the country to bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children.
Cooperative Extension has an 80 year history of working in the areas of child care and early childhood development. Our outreach efforts strongly impact international, national, state, and local efforts. We teach and work in almost every county (approximately 3150) in the US.
National Network for Child Care is supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and CYFERNet - the Cooperative Extension System's Children, Youth, and Family Network.