Books Build Better Brains: How Promoting Literacy Is Key to Early Brain & Child Development
February 11, 2016
The first thousand days of a child’s life are of critical importance, and human relationships and interactions play a key role during this time period. Learn from Dr. Navsaria, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, about the importance of early literacy, key concepts about literacy development, and how toxic stress and early adversity can lead to lifelong issues. You’ll also hear about the structure and concept behind the Reach Out and Read program, which provides early literacy promotion, as well as how libraries can become crucial partners in promoting and developing early literacy skills and helping to offset the effects of adversity.
- The importance of the first years of a child’s life for developing lifelong mental and physical health as well as learning potential.
- The concepts of early literacy and dialogic reading and how this plays into the advice and modeling you do with families.
- How promoting early literacy in community settings can be a powerful approach to affect early brain and child development on a population health level.