Talk Read Play

What is Talk, Read, Play?

Talk, Read, Play is a unique educational campaign. It takes neuroscience studies about brain development in young children and simplifies it to a message every parent and caregiver can use to help support a child’s early development: Talk, Read, Play with your child every day. 

Why is the Talk, Read, Play message important?

Research has found children born into low-income families heard roughly 30 million fewer words by the age of three than their more affluent peers. This word gap leads to an alarming achievement gap — in school and life — between poor children and those born into more well-to-do families. The strength of a child’s vocabulary, built by the words they hear, directly impacts their ability to read. Studies show that Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day is proven to increase that child’s vocabulary and school success.

What are the benefits to children and to the community?

Talking, Reading and Playing with a child every day helps with brain development, self-esteem and vocabulary, which is a key predictor of a child’s ability to succeed in school. School success leads to positive outcomes within our community: greater high school graduation rates, more skilled and contributing citizens and a reduced need for welfare. 

Brought to you by The Family Conservancy and Turn the Page KC. 

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Toolkit and Downloads

We invite your organization to use these materials to spread the Talk, Read, Play message!  By using any of these materials, you are agreeing to use these materials as is for educational purposes. If you would like to co-brand these materials with your organization's logo/contact info, please email your logo (and website/phone number if you'd like) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Talk, Read, Play resources

Talk, Read, Play News

Click on the links below to review archived Newsletters containing updates on Talk, Read, Play commitments here in Kansas City. 

11/06/2014 - Talk Read Play: November Updates!

09/25/2014 - Talk Read Play News & Updates! 

Follow Us on Twitter #talkreadplaykc

Community Partners

These organizations have made new commitments in 2014 to support the Talk, Read, Play educational campaign through various ways:

• Children's Mercy
• City of Kansas City, Missouri
• City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department
• The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Kansas City
• Consulado de México en Kansas City (Mexican Consulate of Kansas City)
• Hickman Mills School District
• Kansas City Public Library
• Kansas City Public Schools
• KCP&L
• LINC
• MARC Department of Early Learning
• Mid-Continent Public Library
• Mother & Child Health Coalition
• Saint Luke’s Health System
• Truman Medical Centers
• United Way of Greater Kansas City


Thank you to our existing supporters for the commitments they have already made to the campaign and for all they do:

• Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund
• Reach Out And Read
• Shumaker Family Foundation
• Village Presbyterian Church


Thanks for your efforts close the word gap and to ensure that KC children get the best start possible!

Video: Mayors Office Supports Talk, Read Play

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Video: Kauffman Foundation Community Conversation

Kauffman Foundation Video Highlights: