Language Development

Did you know when you "TALK, READ, and SING" —even before your child can use words—you’re building up your child's vocabulary and preparing him/her for success in school and life. We know it may not always be easy to talk to babies, especially when they can’t talk back to us. That is why Help Me Grow Allegan is excited to offer families fun new tips,  songs, books and even games to help you better connect with your child every day so he/she is a stronger reader and writer in school!!! After all, YOU are your baby’s first and best teacher!

Free "TALKING IS TEACHING" materials are available at local playgroups and on our social media links below. If you are interested in receiving "TALKING IS TEACHING" materials, please contact your local family coach below

Allegan, Amy Rogers
Fennville,  Dolores Benincasa
Hopkins, Kelli Stuifbergen
Martin Dolores Benincasa
Otsego, Heather Badders 
Plainwell, Kelli Stuifbergen
Wayland, Laurie Zywiczynski

Let’s Work Together

"TALKING IS TEACHING: TALK, READ, and SING” is a grassroots effort to boost child brain development and early learning in order to tackle the "Word Gap".

"TALKING IS TEACHING" takes normal, every day conversations parents & guardians have with their children and turns them into fun, teachable moments. If your agency is interested in partnering with Allegan County's Great Start Collaborative and our early literacy campaign, please fill out the form below. After all, WE are a community that ensures all children have opportunities to learn and understand the meaning and uses of new words. 

 "Talking is Teaching" Community Campaign Form:

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