United Way of Adams County has announced the launch of their “Let’s Talk” initiative to support early childhood efforts in Adams County. Research indicates that children of a higher socioeconomic status hear 30 million more words than children living in poverty by the time that they are three years of age. Follow-up studies showed that these differences in language and interaction experiences have lasting effects on a child’s performance later in life. In order to affect this, United Way of Adams County has launched “Let’s Talk.”
The first phase of “Let’s Talk” involves the Labor and Delivery Department of Adams Memorial Hospital. Staff nurses have agreed to share a key message with new mothers about the positive impact that talking to a young child can have on the child’s capacity to learn.
The message is delivered with a gift that includes a resource guide for parents, a board book, suggestions for when to talk to a baby and what to talk about, an infant wash cloth, a bath toy (to gauge bath water temperature) and a registration form that will allow new mothers to receive weekly texts with a simple message on how to build language into daily routines.
New parents may also sign up to receive a second gift from United Way of Adams County in the mail when their child is 3 months old. The gift will include another board book, a bib, information on local parenting resources, a list of books to read with young children and a nursery rhyme guide.
Healthy Families distributes our “Let’s Talk” materials to their clients. We are very grateful to Adams Memorial Hospital and Healthy Families for their partnership in this effort.