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The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation New research shows the benefits, across all socioeconomic levels, of talking with (not just to) your young children.  Document
The Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) The Center of Excellence for IECMHC helps communities support the success of the next generation by increasing access to evidence-based IECMHC. Website
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. Website
The Genius of Play This website is a great source for play ideas that build on these skills, expert advice and the latest research on the value of play. Website
The Importance of Responsive Feeding One of the major factors that contributes to healthy growth and development is the feeding of a child. This info module addresses the concept that how a child is fed is critical since the infant and toddler years are when food preferences and dietary patterns begin to develop.   Info Module
The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play As cognitive, language, and motor skills improve, toddlers are able to engage in more sophisticated play. One cognitive skill that develops during early childhood and greatly influences engagement in age-appropriate tasks is attention. Attention allows an individual to gather information about and sustain engagement with a target.  Document
The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies Reading to babies as young as six months of age leads to stronger vocabularies and better early literacy skills four years later, just as the children are getting ready to go to school. How often and how vividly kids and adults engage in books together through the toddler years also mattered, predicting early reading and writing skills.  Document
The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) are professional associations of more than 700 members each. The members from our organizations are a diverse group of professionals representing early care and education and school age and youth programs across Minnesota. The members are teachers, youth workers, center directors, site coordinators, program managers, trainers, and advocates. MnAEYC-MnSACA promotes quality in early care and education and out-of-school time programs and supports the leadership and development of early care and education and out-of-school time professionals. We forward this mission by focusing on Professional Development, Program Improvement, and Policy & Advocacy. Website
The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection And Intervention The Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program ensures that all newborns are screened for hearing loss. Children need screening for hearing loss beyond the newborn period. Not all newborns receive recommended follow-up and not all hearing loss can be identified at birth. Continued periodic hearing screening programs are critical for identifying a wide range of hearing health needs not found though hospital-based newborn hearing screening programs. Website
The Playground Where Babies Learn to Talk A campaign to encourage brain development is using parks to deliver its message to children and their caregivers. Website