Stronger Communities Through Better Literacy

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Valley Children’s is proud to partner with “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing,” a literacy program designed to build language skills in young minds.

Our pediatric specialists, nurses and speech therapists have seen firsthand the benefits of interacting with children from the day they are born. Even our smallest patients benefit from hearing words and songs and having books read to them. In our neonatal intensive care unit, for instance, moms and dads are urged to talk to their babies.

Neurologists say the repetitive action of talking, reading and singing builds language skills and helps make a child’s brain strong. By age three, 80 percent of a child’s brain is fully formed, making early interaction vital.

The entire Valley Children’s Healthcare network will continue to promote programs that educate parents on the importance of taking time each day to talk, read and sing to their children. By expanding efforts through the hospital’s literacy program and beyond, we are working toward the goal of putting books in the hands of each child we treat – from Modesto to Bakersfield and the Sierra to the Central Coast. Together we can build stronger communities through better literacy.

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