Studies show three-year-olds from wealthier families are exposed to 30 million more words compared to kids from lower income families. Kids with a smaller vocabulary are more likely to fall behind when they enter school. Learn how local child advocates are trying to close that achievement gap. In this special, learn effective ways to connect with your babies and toddlers. Discover local programs helping low income parents bond with their children. Find out how many words your child should know by age three. Check out a south valley program that puts books into parents' hands before babies are born!
Children First is a year-long effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California. The program shows how the average person can make a difference in a child's life and highlights local organizations that work with kids. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs like "The Early Years," thirty-second public service announcements, and special stories on Action News. ABC30 thanks our partners below for putting Children First in the Central Valley.
Children First is sponsored by:
Fresno County Office of Education
Valley Children's Hospital
Educational Employees Credit Union
First 5 Fresno County
First 5 California Parents Page
Fresno County B3 Challenge
Central Valley Children's Services Network
Read for Life
Pixley Medical Clinic
Too Small To Fail
Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing
Talk Read Sing
Early Edge California