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The key to school readiness is language development, fostered in caring relationships through frequent, vocabulary-stretching conversations that stimulate and build upon children’s natural curiosity.
Young bilingual children, learning two languages simultaneously, tend to have the same overall vocabulary (with some words in each language and some in both) as monolingual counterparts
Learning a second language – or two first languages – increases cognitive flexibility (seeing the same thing in two different ways)
Learning a second language in childhood increases verbal and nonverbal IQ
--- Genesee, F., J. Paradis, and M. B. Crago (2004) Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, Paul H. Brookes Publishing .
Positive Caregiving for US Children Ages 1 to 3 Source: NICHD Early Child Care Research Network. (2000). Characteristics and quality of child care for toddlers and preschoolers. Applied Developmental Science , 4.
Cumulative State Investment by Age, Contrasted with Brain Growth
Source: Voices for America ’ s Children and the Child and Family Policy Center (2004). Early Learning Left Out: An Examination of Public Investments in Education and Development by Child Age.