Language develops in caring relationships through frequent, vocabulary-stretching conversations that build upon children’s natural curiosity and desire to connect. Children who enter school with strong vocabularies and communication skills are primed for success.  They learn to read more easily, ask more probing questions, and learn more from both other children and adults.

My mission is to help parents, teachers, citizens, and policy makers ensure that every child begins school with a wealth of words

This site includes links to books by Betty Bardige, a growing set of infant, toddler, and preschool Language Building Tips, and links to free or low-cost resources for parents, professionals, and policy makers.