Baby Talk: Resources to Support the People Who Work With Infants and Toddlers: Issue 45, February 2015

Early Caregiving Experiences Have Long-Term Impact on Social Relationships and Achievement

Researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that sensitive caregiving during the first three years of life was connected with improved academic and social outcomes in the first three decades of life. The study found connections between sensitive parenting and academic success even after controlling for socioeconomic factors. Read more at

The Magic of Everyday Moments – New Video Series

ZERO TO THREE has published a new series of free videos, The Magic of Everyday Moments, which explores key aspects of early childhood development and can be used for working with parents and trainees. The videos show how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers.

  • Brain Wonders: Nurturing Healthy Brain Development From Birth (Runtime: 6:05)
  • Literacy Skills: The Roots of Reading Start at Birth (Runtime: 6:15)
  • Power of Play: Building Skills While Having Fun (Runtime: 5:33)
  • Temperament: What Makes Your Child Tick? (Runtime: 4:37)

Are Boxes More Fun Than The Contents For Babies?

Why do babies like gift boxes best? The answer lies in their development. While the toys and presents can be cute and interesting to adults, babies can’t do much with them and they do not offer the endless opportunities that the box and the paper do for exploring with all the senses. Children at one year of age are in the stage of development Piaget (a psychologist who studied child development) called sensor motor play when babies actively explore toys and other objects—first with their eyes, then with their hands and mouths.

 See For Yourself: How Brains Are Built

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative recently unveiled an animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format. This video, “How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development,” can be used in staff development and parent education as well as advocacy efforts. 


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