A child’s most important teachers come long before they enter the traditional classroom — parents, grandparents, siblings, and caregivers play a vital role by helping children develop skills they’ll need for success in school through everyday interactions. Talking to young children, even before they can talk back, helps build vocabularies. Reading to young children strengthens
the parent-child bond promotes early literacy and introduces concepts like turning pages. Play supports cognitive growth and helps children understand the world around them. Together, talking, reading and playing help children develop healthy brains. This is especially important in the first five years when 90 percent of brain growth occurs.