Foundations of Communicating

Foundations of Communicating and the Importance of Parental Involvement

Language competence is one of the main developmental events of early childhood. Language and literacy development begin very early in a child's life. Family involvement is an integral part of the developmental process for children.

For children whose first language is not English, research has shown that children need to have their first language facilitated in the early years, and also need effective language facilitation in English.

Developing language around picture books has been identified as a critical language experience leading to school success. Picture book interactions provide a very rich opportunity for young children to learn language and early literacy skills.

In the following video segment, you'll hear how the foundations of language are a part of your child's development and how picture books can help build those skills.

Now you're ready to begin learning the three things you can to do support your child in learning language.