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Concurrent Program Session

Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109 AB

Everyday interactions such as talking, reading, and singing strengthen early brain development. Libraries are uniquely positioned to support and equip parents and caregivers with tools to be their child’s first teachers. Too Small to Fail and the San Francisco Public Library will present opportunities and share materials on how to best engage families in language-rich activities so that more of America’s children are prepared for success – both in school and in life.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Be able to teach parents, grandparents and caregivers how to use simple, everyday interactions such as talking, reading, and singing to strengthen children's early brain development 2: Understand the benefits and successes of a partnership between the San Francisco Public Library system and Too Small to Fail's Talking is Teaching campaign, including introducing new families to library services and resources 3: Understand the partnership opportunities available to their local libraries in developing a targeted Talking is Teaching campaign in their community

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Serving Youth, Family Engagement, Literacy, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming/Services, Social Change, Youth Services


Jane Park Woo, Deputy Director
Too Small to Fail , New York , NY

Jane Park Woo is Deputy Director of Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation. She was previously the Associate Director of Content of Sesame Street. In that role, she developed curriculum and educational resources for the TV series, interactive media, publishing, and community outreach initiatives. Jane holds an M.A. in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in communications from the University of California at San Diego.

Maricela Leon Barrera, Early Learning Coordinator
San Francisco Public Library , San Francisco , CA

As Early Learning Coordinator for San Francisco Public Library, Maricela Leon Barrera leads programs, partnerships and initiatives for age birth to five. She chairs the SF Early Literacy Network and supports the annual Big SF Playdate and Tricycle Music Fest programs for families.

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