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THIRTY MILLION WORDS: Early childhood literacy workshop to help parents build their children’s brains and shape their futures

Image of the 30 Million Words flyer The BSD2 Birth-to-3 Program and Project HELP will present a free workshop series on the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

The workshop will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, December 9, at Tioga School, 212 W. Memorial Road in Bensenville. Parents will learn about early literacy and how they can empower their kids to thrive through simple early education techniques.

WHAT IS THE THIRTY MILLION WORDS INITIATIVE?

The Thirty Million Words Initiative is based on a world-famous study that found that some children heard 30 million fewer words by their fourth birthdays than others. Also, those children were typically exposed to harsher language, less complex vocabulary, and less conversational give-and-take. Children who heard more words were better prepared when they entered school. When followed into third grade, they had bigger vocabularies, were stronger readers, and got higher test scores. 

The bottom line: the study found that kids who started out ahead, stayed ahead; the kids who started out behind, stayed behind. This disparity in learning is referred to as the achievement gap.

The Thirty Million Words Initiative believes those 30 million words are key to closing the achievement gap and giving children the best start in life. 

Through its workshops on this topic, District 2 encouraged parents to use the power of their words to build their children’s brains and shape their futures. They provided parents with strategies to enrich their children’s early language skills by incorporating more words into their day-to-day life.