Read. Talk. Play. Everyday!

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Reading, talking, and playing are essential skills that young children should practice every day - and you are their best teacher!

Here, you’ll find resources and tools to help engage your child in the three key areas each day. Thank you for your commitment to the success of the children in Champaign County.

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A strong foundation for language and literacy development begins at birth! To help with their development, you can read, rhyme, talk or sing about pictures in stories, and make books a part of their daily routine - even when they're a newborn.

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When baby is a newborn, you'll be doing most of the talking! Baby Talk is more than a cute and fun way to communicate - it builds brainpower!

Learn about baby talk and why it is important.

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At three months, your baby generally develops certain physical skills: "raises head & chest when on stomach, stretches & kicks on back, opens and shuts hands, brings hand to mouth, and grasps and shakes toys."

Learn more about this age range and find simple activities to help baby grow through play!

Help is available.

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If you're struggling with parenting, new to the area, or just don't know where to turn to find help for your family, call 211.

Specialists are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and connect you to local resources.

Call 211 from any phone, or text your ZIP Code to 898 211.

211 is a free service thanks to United Way of Champaign County and the Champaign County Mental Health Board.

About Us

Read. Talk. Play. Everyday! is a community-wide initiative to provide preschool-aged children (0-5) and their families with opportunities and resources for reading, talking, and playing, every day so they can enter kindergarten ready for success.