Adapted from the TMW Center’s flagship home-visiting program, 3Ts-Let’s Talk reinforces parents’ understanding of the critical role their talk and interaction play in their children’s foundational brain development, and shares research-based strategies to enhance that development. Developed for both English- and Spanish-speaking families, each session consists of interactive review of multimedia content, group discussions, practice activities, quantitative feedback on language environments, and real-time coaching led by a skilled facilitator. Designed for virtual implementation, one of the defining features of 3Ts-Let’s Talk is the opportunity it provides to build community with other parents and harness the social capital that results from individuals learning alongside one another.
A preliminary review of pilot data suggests that the 3Ts-Let’s Talk program may change parental knowledge and expectations related to early language and cognitive development, as measured by the TMW Center’s SPEAK survey tool. To date, over 130 parents have participated in the program in six cities across the country, with plans to expand the intervention to more cities in the coming years. Feedback from program participants has been overwhelmingly positive. As one 3Ts-Let’s Talk graduate said, “This has been a great experience and a good reminder of how you can be an active part of your child’s development on a daily basis.”