Rich language environments, responsive caregivers, and adult-child exchanges are critical to building children’s brains. Programs that strengthen parent and caregiver engagement around language development and tools that assess their efficacy are essential. The TMW Center’s suite of interventions support parents and caregivers in their efforts to foster their children’s early brain development. Created in partnership with parents and other stakeholders, the evidence-based interventions translate emerging brain science into parent-directed strategies to enhance children’s early language environments.
To date, our programs have reached more than 5,000 families in 7 states and counting. Initial results indicate they are effective in increasing caregivers’ knowledge, as well as behaviors that are known to support young children’s brain development, including more frequent conversational turn-taking and use of open-ended questions. The latter is particularly meaningful as new and emerging scientific research points to the importance of conversational turn-taking in building children’s language and cognitive skills.