Building Brains with Language Nutrition
Talk First Stark - one of the subcommittees from the Great Start for Great Futures Coalition - is a Stark County strategy geared towards families with children from prenatal to age 3. The initiative promotes the importance of language nutrition as the foundation for healthy growth during this critical time in a child's brain development.
According to the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, "Early exposure to language-rich interactions between adults and children forms the basis of language nutrition - a term created to describe the use of language sufficiently rich in engagement, quality, quantity, and context that it nourishes the child neurologically, socially and linguistically. Just as a child needs an adequate amount of nutritious food for physical growth, so too does a child need language for his or her brain development."
Using social media, advocacy training and public service announcements, Talk First Stark has begun spreading their message to the community across all systems - health, business, social service, education, etc. The first of five public service announcements - "It Starts With You. It Continues With Us" - was recently released addressing the importance of talking to your child before birth as well as after they are born. In addition, advocacy and awareness trainings have launched throughout the county. (Request an advocacy conversation for your organization HERE.)
With ongoing conversations and early prevention initiatives like Talk First Stark, our county will continue to shine a light on the significance of early childhood development.
 Formed in 2016, GSGF is a coalition of Stark County early education providers, agencies, advocates, and community leaders collaborating to improve the outcomes of prenatal to kindergarten children.