America is failing our children. With wise and affordable investments of public and private dollars, we can assure that children do not start school already having been "left behind."
The key to school readiness is language development, fostered in caring relationships through frequent, vocabulary-stretching conversations when children are between one and four years old. How can parents, teachers, citizens, and policy makers ensure that every child begins school with a wealth of words?
We have the tools we need and the evidence that they can succeed. We know how to support parents, to bring our child care programs up to a level of quality that supports robust language development, and to build systems that sustain quality. At a Loss for Words explains how America is failing our children, and what parents, teachers, voters, and policy-makers can do about it. Building Literacy with Love, Poems to Learn to Read By, and Talk to Me, Baby! provide practical language-building strategies for early childhood teachers, parents and grandparents, home visitors, and family support practitioners.