With its first policy statement addressing early-childhood literacy, the American Academy of Pediatrics now endorses reading to children beginning in infancy and recommends that pediatric care providers help parents acquire the tools to establish a strong literacy environment at home.

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Last month, we focused on specific, actionable steps parents can take to promote positive social and emotional outcomes. This month, we’ll take a different approach. What if, despite your best efforts, your child’s behavior is frequently problematic? What are the possible causes?

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Language and speech development is an early milestone that is vital for all infants to reach in order to promote healthy progression into childhood and to encourage school readiness. It is critical for a child to learn how to use her words to communicate feelings, emotions, and desires instead of relying on the instinct to cry and whine for attention and affection.

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The new video focuses on the future of our children, but it also speaks to the future of Memphis itself. it summarizes a message that matters a great deal for Memphis — the first years of a child’s life predict his future.

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We hear it all the time: Read with your children. It can boost their vocabularies and prepare them for school. It may also advance their social skills, and lay the groundwork for learning to read on their own.

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On the day of the “Live Museum,” for which students were asked to represent an historical character, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Jr., Galileo, and Anne Frank were all in attendance. But Max Adelman, a rising 8th grader at the Lausanne Collegiate School, chose to be Dr. James Heckman.

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