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The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, in partnership with Too Small to Fail, have created a series of six Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day tip sheets:

(1) It's Never Too Early to Help Your Child Learn—Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!
(2) Tips for Families
(3) The Benefits of Being Bilingual—A Review for Teachers and Other Early Education Program Providers
(4) Tips for Using Language at Home and in the Community
(5) Tips for Infant & Toddler Teachers and Caregivers
(6) Tips For Preschool Teachers & Other Early Childhood Education Program Providers

All the handouts are available in English and Spanish and provide practical tips families and service providers can use to encourage language development in young children.

The ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) describes core knowledge and role-specific competencies needed for early intervention service provision, incorporating current research and evidence in the field of early intervention. To access the ESPM, click here.

This resource is related to the following ESPM knowledge-level competencies:

  • Core Knowledge (CK):
    • CK5: The importance of play as context, method and outcome of learning.
  • Individualized Family Service Plan Development and Review (IFSP-i):
    • IFSP-i3 (EIS): Knows generic and specific evidence-based early intervention strategies to support all areas of development.
    • IFSP-i5 (EIS): Understands issues related to English language learning and maintenance of home language.
    • IFSP-i6 (EIS): Understands the need for developmentally appropriate strategies (for example, hands-on, experiential, child-centered, play-based activities within daily routines), adaptations, assistive technologies and other supports that maximize the child’s learning opportunities.
    • IFSP-i11 (EIS): Knows strategies that support parents in adapting the natural environment to meet infant/toddler developmental needs.
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