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New program helps children be ready for school

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Parents try everything they can to make sure their children get a head start in school.

However, research shows though that some parents are forgetting about the basics. But now there is a new program in the metro pushing three easy steps parents can take.

The Family Conservancy's new campaign, "Talk, Read, Play," offers a simple message for parents to talk to their children every day.

Olathe mom Traci Dillavou talks, reads and plays with her kids every day. She says it gave her oldest son a head start in kindergarten.

"He knew all of his letters going into school. We worked on some of his sight words. He knew all his numbers," she said.

The Family Conservancy wants every parent to do the same. That is why they are pushing their new childhood development campaign.

"Research shows that the earlier you start talking to your child, the bigger vocabulary he or she will have by the age 3," said Meg Fuehne, with the Family Conservancy.

Talk, Read, Play is based off a University of Kansas study.

That research shows toddlers who hear more than 2,000 words per hour will know 1,100 words by the time they're 3 years old. 

But kids who hear roughly 600 words per hour will only know 500 words.

Parents don't even need a book. The program is as easy as talking to a child every day from the day they are born.

"What I tell parents a lot is to narrate what you're doing. While you're changing a diaper, you can say, 'I'm unsnapping your snaps, we are getting a clean diaper, and you're going to feel so much better,' and say what you're doing, because a lot of times it is hard to talk to an infant," Fuehne said.

For Dillavou, the program has been a good reminder.

"We are really, really busy in our days with work, school, everything else in the day, to take the time to take 20-30 minutes every day ... Talk, read play, take some time to spend with your child," she said.

Click here to find out how to incorporate the program in every day activities.

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