Toddler Talk is a new research program that goes beyond the lab and into the community. We have created a parenting education program to improve children’s language development. The program is designed for 18-24 month-old toddlers from low-income households.
Researchers have found a significant language development gap between rich and poor children. The development of Toddler Talk was prompted by contact from public school officials who were concerned about this language development gap in their entering elementary school students. While other similar intervention programs exist, our program specifically targets low-income families and focuses on making the most of parent-child interactions despite limited time and resources.
The Toddler Talk program is currently undergoing pilot testing as refine the parent education curriculum.