Feed Me Words is an awareness campaign launched by the Alabama Partnership for Children to get Alabama families connected with vital resources aimed at increasing the language nutrition of young children birth to three years of age.

“Language nutrition” refers to rich language interactions between caregivers and infants and is critical for a child’s socio-emotional and vocabulary development. Remarkably, vocabulary at the age of three is the single strongest predictor of a child’s future literacy and educational success, which has important implications for health and economic outcomes.

Background

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) has partnered with the Georgia Department of Public Health to bring the expertise and resources of its Talk With Me Baby™ initiative to the state of Alabama. The Feed Me Words campaign was launched by APC in 2019 to spread public awareness of these resources, as well as the importance of intentional early language and literacy.

Talk With Me Baby™ resources provide both visual and written cues, and bright, positive, baby-friendly designs to help bring the message of language nutrition to all families. Talk With Me Baby™ is reaching caregivers through a variety of media sources and touch points, like print media and resources, digital media, social media, and a comprehensive website.

Click here to browse the Talk With Me Baby™ resources.

The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) partnered with the Atlanta Speech School’s Cox Campus to bring Read Right from the Start – a free, online professional development program – to anyone in Alabama working with children from birth to pre-k, who wishes to enhance their skills to help children develop strong language and literacy skills.

Click here to find out more, and to register for the Read Right from the Start online training program.

Talk With Me Baby™ and Read Right from the Start are generously supported through funding from the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and by private funding from the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Protective Life Foundation and the PNC Foundation.