This week, Too Small to Fail and former Secretary Hillary Clinton announced our first local campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The new campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching”, is being developed in partnership with local organizations, including the George Kaiser Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa and Tulsa Educare. These partners have been actively working on early learning and family support programs in Oklahoma communities for years.
“Talking is Teaching” will communicate directly with Tulsa parents and caregivers through ads on buses, grocery stores and other places that families congregate. But the campaign will also enlist pediatricians, faith-based leaders, business owners and educators to share how talking, reading and singing to babies every day can boost their vocabularies and brain development.
Research shows that just 15 minutes a day—or five minutes, three times a day—of reading, talking or singing can make a big difference. And parents and caregivers can do these things with their babies and young children while they’re doing other things, like taking a walk, doing laundry, or cooking a meal.
We believe that parents and caregivers want the best for their children’s early learning, and we are optimistic that through community-wide initiatives like the one in Tulsa, more families will make talking, reading and singing part of their daily routines.
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Tulsa, OKPress Release
Multi-Media Campaign Will Empower Parents and Family Members of Young Children to Realize Their Potential as Their Children’s First Teachers by Offering Tools and Tips to Boost Vocabulary and Early Learning
Tulsa, OK—Local community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma will come together today to join forces with Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, to announce the launch of a new local campaign that will help parents and caregivers of children ages birth to five prepare their children for success in school and beyond.
Tulsa has notably emerged as a national leader in its commitment to early childhood education. The campaign, titled “Talking is Teaching”, has been developed in partnership with local community organizations that have extensive experience in improving early learning and health among Tulsa families, including the George Kaiser Family Foundation, CAP Tulsa, and Tulsa Educare. The campaign will use a community-wide approach—engaging pediatricians, business owners, faith-based leaders, librarians and others—to empower parents and caregivers to boost young children’s brain development and build their vocabularies by increasing the number of words they hear spoken to them every day.
Upon learning about the effort, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma and family physician Tom Coburn expressed support for the campaign: “When it comes to raising children no one knows better—or cares more—than parents. Every parent wants to ensure the healthy development of their infants and toddlers. I appreciate what the George Kaiser Family Foundation and others are doing to help convey to parents the best advice about what they can do to encourage the physical, cognitive and personal development of their children.”
When parents and caregivers talk, read and sing to their young children every day, they help develop important vocabulary as well as cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary for later learning. Put simply, the more words children hear spoken to them directly every day, the better they learn.
According to recent field research conducted, a majority of low-income parents, grandparents and other caregivers in Tulsa recognize that they personally have an impact on their child’s brain development. Yet, many of those surveyed admit that they could be doing more on a daily basis to help their children increase their vocabulary:
- Only 55 percent of parents and 47 percent of grandparents report reading to their children every day.
- Fewer than half report telling their children a story, singing a song or playing a non-electronic game every day.
“Talking is Teaching” will share with parents and caregivers how simple actions—like describing objects seen during a walk or bus ride, singing songs, or telling stories for just five minutes, three times a day—can significantly improve a baby’s ability to learn new words and concepts.
“Through my involvement with Educare,” said Rondalyn Abode, Tulsa Educare parent and employee, “I was taught that I can be the very best teacher for my children. It’s good to have resources and support to help me do this. The ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign will help bring resources and support to a broader audience, and it’s exciting that this is starting in Tulsa.”
In addition to creative messaging from the campaign that will appear throughout the community, local partners and pediatricians will disseminate messages directly to parents and caregivers using family toolkits developed with Sesame Workshop; and to pediatricians using clinical toolkits on early literacy developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The campaign will also test new technology developed by the Bezos Family Foundation to help remind parents to build these activities into their daily lives.
“Talking is Teaching” will be developed as a model that can be learned from and shared in other communities across the country.
A PDF of tips for parents is available for download at www.talkingisteaching.org. Additional samples of the message campaign will be made available to members of the press upon request.