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
Talk, Read, Play resources
- Talk, Read, Play Fact Sheet, English (8.5" x 11")
- Sample article you can customize
- Facts, Tips, Resources - NEW!
- Stay and Play Event Toolkit - NEW!
- Flier with tips, English (11" x 8.5", two-sided PDF)
- Flier with tips, Español (11" x 8.5", two-sided PDF)
- Bookmarks, English: Infant, Toddler, Preschooler (3.25" x 11", two-sided PDF)
- Bookmarks, Español: Bebé, Pequeño, Preescolar (3.25" x 11", two-sided PDF)
- 3 Twitter graphics, English (880 x 440 pixel JPG): Talk/Read/Play, Start at Birth, Larger Vocabulary
- Button artwork, English (2.5" JPG)
- Button artwork, Español (2.5" JPG)
- Poster, English (28.0" x 22.0" PDF)
Talk, Read, Play News
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
• 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
Video: Kauffman Foundation Community Conversation
Kauffman Foundation Video Highlights: