What does research say?

  • “The brains we’re born with change based on the experiences we have in our earliest years. Nurturing experiences build strong brains that support good health throughout life.”- Brain Architecture, Alberta Wellness Initiative Building Brains is Child’s Play


  • Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. – Zero to Three


  • The language and literacy environment of the child’s home and early learning and child care (ELCC) settings are therefore strong determinants of early language and literacy skills. As parents are their children’s first teachers, they need to be aware of the importance of creating a language- and literacy-rich environment in the home.

(National Strategy for Early Literacy,  2009)   http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nsel/summary/summary.pdf


  • “Basic communication and language development skills are a crucial part of the foundation of school readiness that is formed during the earliest months and years after birth. Research demonstrates that these skills depend in large part on language experiences during infancy and toddlerhood.” – (Start Early) https://startearly.org/why-early-childhood/research/


  • “The development of the architecture and function of the brain in early life affects health, learning and behaviour until we die.” – Early Years Study 3 


  • “The foundation for literacy skills is laid years before children enter school. It begins at birth. During the early years, children develop competency in language and literacy… through interactions and experiences with the adults around them.” – Zero to Three


Articles and Videos:

Guide: Supporting Early Literacy Learning through Play -Ministry of Education Ontario http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/ww_Supporting_Learning_Through_Play.pdf


Article: Science of Early Childhood Development – Centre on the Developing Child, Harvard University https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-science-of-ecd/


Article: The ‘Missing’ First Year: Parents Underestimate How Much Children Know and Feel from Birth – Zero to Three



Article: Two-Year-OLD Vocabulary Predicts Kindergarten Success – New America



Article: Build Your Child’s Vocabulary – Hanen



Article: Play’s Potential in Early Literacy Development – Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development



Video: “Children Are Born Learning” – Andrew Metzloff



Video: “Secret Life of Babies: Hours old baby mimics sticking out tongue”



Videos: “Early Learning” series – Zero to Three



Article:  “Babies and Their Senses”- Zero to Three



Article: “The Importance of Gestures” – Hanen



Article: The importance of protecting home language – My Language, Ryerson



Article: Canadian Pediatric Society’s November screen time recommendations