FACES SF News - November 2013
Ga-Ga Over Language?
In a world of "goo-goo" and "ga-ga," it may seem that infants and toddlers have yet to develop much in the way of language skills. But it turns out that their brains are more developed than we think. A one-year old child can understand some 70 words, but may use only a few of them, according to neuroscientist Lise Eliot, author of What's Going On in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. Then, somewhere around the 18-month mark, a child's vocabulary starts to snowball, as he or she learns new words at a pace of one every two hours!
So how do parents nurture their child's budding language skills? Well, it helps if their child's daytime environment is a safe and stimulating one that will foster development. When you are with your child, really pay attention and listen. Children will express themselves when they know they've got your attention. It also helps if parents talk to their children about what they are seeing and doing. And when reading to a child, make it an interactive experience - ask the child to find and name objects in the pictures to foster the development of vocabulary.
So the next time you hear a child say "goo-goo," just think of it as a practice run for what may become "To be or not to be."
Low Income Investment Fund's Emergency Grant Helps Re-Open FACES SF Classroom at Masonic Site
When FACES SF had to close one of its classrooms at its Masonic Avenue Child Development Center recently because of a damaged floor and sink, we faced a serious dilemma. Closing the classroom meant that 16 children would go without childcare, creating much stress for their parents - who rely on subsidized childcare to keep their jobs or stay in school. Fortunately, FACES SF was able to apply to the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) for emergency funding to fix the damaged room. Repairs were scheduled on a fast track and the classroom is set to re-open in November. Thanks so much to the Child Care Facilities Fund of the Low Income Investment Fund for its support of our mission and the low-income children and families of San Francisco.