According to a new study by researchers at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, the quality of the interactions between early childhood educators and parents, and the babies and toddlers they are caring for, have an influence on the development of the language and communication skills of the children. The brain growing at high speed during the first years, the use of complex grammar and a rich vocabulary as early as possible is a good means to build a firm learning foundation.

Gardner-Neblett, principal investigator for the FPG study, said that “Early language and communication skills are crucial for children’s success in school and beyond… Children who develop strong language and communication skills are more likely to arrive at school ready to learn and are more likely to have higher levels of achievement.”