Early learning

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IMPACT 100 among first architects of the Early Learning City

Our IMPACT grant put Brain Bags into the hands of some 3,838 new parents last year. Nurses at three hospitals have used those bags to teach patients that talking with a newborn is as important changing diapers and healthy feeding. Read full story

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SCI parent magazine is “Building Blocks” for a better community

The 52-page publication provides valuable tips, useful guides and innovative ideas to engage and involve parents in their young children’s lives. Read full story

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Community School at Weis shows need, power of early investment

Turning the tide for our community requires investment from every corner of our community — as the folks at Weis Community School know well. Read full story

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Choosing a childcare center

One of the resources that we've received the most feedback about is a guide for choosing a childcare center. We are so happy to share this resource from the Florida Office of Early Learning in the Brain Bag. Read full story

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16 Gestures by 16 Months can help parents track progress

The First Words Project at Florida State University has developed these guidelines to help parents track the language development skills of their infants and toddlers. Read full story

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University of Chicago research launches in Pensacola

In 2017, the University of Chicago began using Pensacola as part of the research pool for a new-parent education tool they are developing. Read full story

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New kindergarten readiness rates to come in 2018

After a break of three years, the state will report in 2018 on the results of kindergarten readiness assessments given to children who started school in August of 2017. Read full story

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What’s in a name? For early brain growth, a lot it turns out

University of Florida researchers find books that give characters specific names may help boost brain activity in 6-12-month olds

Are some books better choices than others, especially for children under age 12 to 18 months? Maybe yes, says one study. Read full story

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Brain Bags becoming part of the culture at local hospitals

Rebeccah Vires and her staff are doing the Brain Bag teaching with moms and finding it a good time to talk about the critical importance of parent interaction with children in building a brain. Read full story

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Nurses say Brain Bags a good tool for parent education

The nursing staff at West Florida Hospital says the Brain Bags are a valuable tool that helps them have teachable moments with their moms. Read full story

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Brain Bags: Take Turns Tips

Take Turns means when your child begins to say her first words, the way you respond is critical. Read full story

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LENA Start groups showing progress in boosting parent talk

Studer Community Institute is halfway through its LENA Start project and we can share some preliminary data about our results. Read full story