Frequently Asked Questions

”What
Providence Talks is a new, voluntary, early childhood intervention focused on developing children’s vocabularies and oral language skills. Providence Talks is a local response to research demonstrating that children from different backgrounds are exposed to dramatically different levels of adult talk in the formative early years of their life.
”How
Providence Talks pairs a trained home visitor, a “word pedometer” and other resources like books and information on community resources, with the family of a child aged three to twenty-four months. Over the course of several months, families conduct home recordings, receive feedback reports on the number of words and conversational turns their child is exposed to during the course of a day and participates in a series of coaching sessions on topics regarding language development.
”What
A child’s vocabulary and home auditory environment has been linked to academic success later in life. Providence Talks maintains both short- and long-term goals. In the short-term, Providence Talks aims to help participating families build their children’s vocabularies enrich their auditory environment. In the long-term, Providence Talks aims to ensure that more children enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed over the course of their academic career.
”How
Right now, families eligible for Providence Talks must be enrolled in certain home visitation programs. In the future, Providence Talks will expand to serve children not otherwise enrolled in a home visitation program.
”What
Providence Talks will launch in January of 2014 in a “pilot” phase. The purpose of this pilot phase is to test Providence Talks’ model and determine how best to strengthen the program for future expansion. In the spring of 2014, Providence Talks will identify additional providers to grow the program beyond the pilot phase.
”How
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