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Every Child Deserves a Great Start at Life

The Basics are strategies that caregivers can implement in the early years of life to improve the quality of interactions with children. These seven strategies require no extra cost or materials and can be incorporated in everyday routines.

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1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress

When you respond to young children with loving smiles, words and touch they learn their world is safe and predictable, so they develop a sense of security and self-control.

2. Talk, Sing, Point

Respond to children’s sounds and words with eye contact and pointing to their surroundings to help them follow along.

3. Count, Group, Compare

Every child’s brain is wired for math. Talk about basic math concepts such as numbers, shapes, patterns, and comparison to help build a foundation for learning.

4. Explore Through Movement and Play

Pay attention to what interests your child and build on that curiosity as they learn through play and exploration.

5. Read and Discuss Stories

Use books as a way to teach children about the world and turn them into confident thinkers. For infants, this can look like pointing at pictures and using your tone of voice to narrate with excitement.

6. Take Turns

Back and forth interactions while you talk, play, or explore with your child are important for brain development.

7. Stretch

Build on what your child says by asking follow-up questions that expands on their thinking and learning.

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