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Early Literacy Tip—December 2017

Families have Ongoing and Engaging Conversations with their Children

 Parent–child conversations stimulate children’s growing language. The amount of language that young children hear is related to their vocabulary and language understanding. In addition, the quality of language that parents provide—including using rich vocabulary, complex ideas, talking about past and future events, and asking open-ended questions— is even more important than just the amount of language they use. These types of conversations can take place anywhere, anytime.


This is the second step in, Seven Research-Based Ways That Families Promote Early Literacy published by

The Global Family Research Project