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BIRTH TO AGE 2


Children build most of their speech and language skills during their first three years of life.

You are your child’s first teacher. The more words your baby hears from you, the better prepared they will be to learn.

Small, everyday moments provide powerful opportunities to help your child grow these skills. Try talking, reading, rhyming, and singing while changing a diaper, giving a bath, or preparing a meal
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 Narrate your day to your little one. What are they looking at? Name it. What are you doing? Tell your child. You may feel silly at first, but hearing lots of words helps your child learn language.

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Read a book to your baby every day—in whatever language you feel most comfortable—beginning at birth. And if you don’t feel comfortable reading words, you can point out the pictures in the book and talk with your baby about them.

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Say and sing rhymes like ‘The Itzy Bitzy Spider’, ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes’, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, and ‘Wheels on the Bus’

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SING Sing the ABC song ‐ sing during diaper changes, washing hands, while you are getting their food ready

WHAT IF MY FAMILY SPEAKS A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

Talk, read, rhyme, and sing with your child often – in both your native language as well as other languages you know. Research from brain scientists and linguistic experts tells us that a child who learns many words in their home language will have a stronger foundation for learning a second language, like English.

Studies also show that exposing a child to two languages during their preschool years may help them learn more efficiently as they grow!

Families who talk, read, rhyme, and sing, with their children – often and in the languages they know best – will prepare them for success in preschool, elementary school, and beyond.

OAKLAND RESOURCES

OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Find a storytime at your local library branch.

LOTUS BLOOM

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Free family play groups for children ages 0-5 at several locations across Oakland.

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OAKLAND PROMISE
BRILLIANT BABY INITIATIVE

Start your baby's college savings account and tap into a supportive community of Oakland families.

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ALAMEDAKIDS.ORG

Get answers to your parenting questions big and small and referrals to a large network of resources available for families of children ages 0-5. 

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LEARN ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S GROWTH

From birth to age 5, most children reach certain milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Knowing more about these "developmental milestones" can help parents and caregivers understand more about how to help your child at home. 

MILESTONES IN ACTION

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A FREE library of photos and videos of developmental milestones from the CDC.  

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CDC’s MILESTONE TRACKER APP

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing. Available in English and Spanish. 

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DIGITAL ONLINE MILESTONE CHECKLISTS

Find milestone checklists that you can fill out online for ages 2 months - 5 years.

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 CONCERNED THAT YOUR CHILD ISN'T MEETING THE MILESTONES?

1. Talk to your child's doctor

2. Fill out a milestone checklist

3. Ask about a developmental screening

 

ARE YOU CONCERNED YOUR CHILD IS STRUGGLING TO REACH THESE MILESTONES?

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READING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Reading with Young Children

Reading with Young Children

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