TLC Ė Toddler Language in the Classroom

Overview

This three-year study will develop and document the feasibility and promise of a professional development intervention targeting teachers of at-risk toddlers in childcare settings. This eight to 10 session intervention, to be called “Toddler Language in the Classroom” or “TLC”, will be designed to improve at-risk toddlers’ language outcomes by increasing quality language and literacy experiences in the childcare setting. The intervention will include didactic training and in-class mentoring to assist teachers in achieving knowledge of early language development, empowerment in their role in supporting toddlers’ language development, and competence in applying specific language promoting strategies within daily care giving contexts such as meal/snack time, centers time, circle/book-reading time, outdoor time, and transition times. 

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