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The Language of Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Connecting Research to Practice


January 2007

Even before a child learns to speak, the amount and quality of the language she hears has an important impact on her developing communication skills. Sadly, for many children, particularly those facing multiple risk factors including poverty, their home and primary care environments are not structured to maximize language and literacy development.

We now know from research that there is a strong association between the 'language gap' children display in the early years and the eventual achievement gap they exhibit in school.