Baby Talk

Dad, mom and baby together

Baby Talk, a community initiative built from the ground up with the community organization COQEBS (Concerned Organizations for Quality Education of Black Students), recently entered its fourth year. The initiative provides trainings for families, childcare providers, and all agencies and field professionals serving higher-risk children so that we all can be working with a common vision and skill set. The skills taught are those shown to make a difference for infants and toddlers, with nationally-recognized leaders joining the FSC to bring the latest, cutting-edge, and culturally-informed knowledge to the community to help prepare children for the challenges of preschool – and for life.

The Baby Talk Initiative is comprised of 4 key components. (1) Baby Talk is an annual community event for families and direct caregivers which makes accessible current research regarding infant brain development, and provides practical skills for promoting in infants and toddlers the social and emotional skills needed for school readiness. (2) Baby Steps continues the mission of Baby Talk throughout the year by conducting similar events for families and caregivers at local childcare centers. (3) Listening to Babies is a two day event for professionals held on campus to introduce evidence-based training for engaging babies and toddlers in ways known to promote brain development and early learning; day one is tailored to the needs of professionals and community leaders from early education, health and human service agencies, and day two is geared to serve direct caregivers. (4) The FSC further promotes the Baby Talk principles by partnering with a local daycare and preschool learning center to help the center incorporate evidence-based practices for promoting school readiness.

Baby Talk 2015