The research is clear: the brain develops more rapidly in the first few years than at any other time in life.

When you Talk, Read and Sing with children from the time they are born you are helping them build their brains. Small moments of connection by talking, reading or singing to your little ones are a big deal!

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign.  It helps parents and caregivers recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development. Through simple, everyday actions – like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time, parents are empowered with fun and easy ways to improve their children’s learning.


Did you know our local libraries offer FREE story times and activities for children ages 0-5 years old? Each library offers a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten as well as other fun educational events. Visit your local library to find out about these amazing literacy opportunities.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: A FREE book every month

Having a literacy-rich home environment is very supportive of children learning to read. You can build your own home library with the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

Books are sent each month from birth until they turn five years old! Children enrolled in the program will receive a new, age-appropriate, book in the mail each month. Children must be registered and live in Van Buren, Cass or Berrien Counties. To register, visit United Way of Southwest Michigan.

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