Small Talk

Small Talk Story County

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Parents, you have the power to jumpstart your baby's development!

Sign up for Small Talk and participate in a series of free classes filled with learning, support, and valuable research. A healthy snack or meal and childcare are provided, and your child will receive a free book after each session.

About the project:

We’re testing an exciting program to help you, the parent, create an enriching language environment for your child  and learn about how to help your baby’s brain grow. There is no cost to participants.

Benefits of participating:

  • You will learn more ways to talk, read, and play with your baby and receive feedback with a new “talk pedometer.”
  • You will learn how these skills help your baby's brain grow.
  • Small Talk is both a parent education program, and a research project. By participating, you will  help us better understand how to deliver such a program in the community. 
  • If you choose to take part in the research you may be compensated. 

You can participate if:

  • Your child is 0-30 months old.
  • You have access to a cellular phone.
  • You will attend the meetings and use the "talk pedometer."

Ames Public Library's Small Talk program received the 2017 Library Awards for Innovation from the The Penguin Random House Foundation! The first place prize includes a $10,000 grant for Ames Public Library's future Small Talk efforts.
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