Show Notes

It is never too early to begin supporting the healthy growth and development of a child. The first years of a child’s life are a period of incredible growth and development.  By building relationships as well as social and emotional skills, caregivers can promote healthy brain development and set the stage for future learning success.

Today, Brandie and I are fortunate to sit down with Dan Torres, Senior Program Manager at the Bezos Family Foundation and Cathryn Miller, Deputy Director for Save the Children West Virginia to continue our discussion on building foundational interactions to support child development. Listen as Dan and Cathryn share simple tools and tips that caregivers of young children can incorporate into their daily routines to begin developing these positive interactions from birth.

What to Listen for:

  • How has Vroom taken the research and put it into the hands of parents and other caregivers?
  • What are the five actionable categories that Vroom utilizes to develop their interactive tips?
  • What is the core message of Vroom?
  • How can school districts, community partners, and other organizations use Vroom to support their school readiness work?
  • Since implementing Vroom tips, what impacts has Save the Children West Virginia seen with parents and caregivers around the state?

I encourage you to share this episode with families, caregivers, and fellow educators in your life to help them realize that interacting with children a way that positively impacts their growth and development does not have to be complicated. It is the simple conversations and interactions that we have with children as a part of our everyday routines that make a huge difference in their development and future success.  Lastly, remember Dan Torres’ advice, as a caregiver, “you are your child’s first and foremost teacher and you already have what it takes to help them be successful.


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