Providence TalksFrom the moment your child is born, talking to your baby helps brain development and prepares them for school.
Child & Family has partnered with Providence Talks, a new voluntary, early childhood intervention focused on developing children’s vocabularies and oral language skills. Providence Talks is a local response to research demonstrating that children from different backgrounds are exposed to dramatically different levels of adult talk in the formative early years of their life.
From the moment your child is born, talking to your baby helps brain development and prepares them for school. Providence Talks aims to empower families with tools and resources necessary to help build their children’s vocabularies from day one and the early months, when language development is most critical. Using new technology from the LENA Research Foundation, Providence Talks is able to track the number of words that children are hearing and the amount of parent-child interactions that are taking place in the home.
How it Works
Child & Family pairs a trained home visitor, a “word pedometer” and other resources such as books and information on community resourceswith the family of a child aged 0 to 30 months. Over several weeks, families conduct home recordings, receive feedback reports on the number of words and conversational turns their child is exposed to during the course of a day from the “Word Pedometer” and participate in a series of coaching sessions on topics regarding language development.
Studies have demonstrated that by building vocabulary and enriching the auditory environment of a child an early age, they will have a higher success rate of being ready to learn upon entering kindergarten.
Who is Eligible:
Children ages 2 months – 30 months of age living in the city of Providence and demonstrating certain language learning risk factors.
To learn more about Providence Talks, contact Child & Family at Providencetalks@childandfamilyri.org.