March 17, 2020

Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

ILASCD Conference 3-6-20

By the end of the conference of educators the hotel was posting signs on the doors reminding people to wash their hands. We drove home to radio announcements of quarantines in Italy...

January 13, 2020

Childcare Professionals Meet in Nashville & Chicago

Next at Opening Minds Conference 1-30-20

In the heart of Nashville’s Music City Center, Talk to Me Mama’s Tracey Young and Tammy Steele presented Big Vocabularies Start with Little Children. A discussion of ways parents...

January 8, 2020

Give Our Children the Words They will Need to Save the Planet

October 27, 2019

Play Smart Literacy, The Gift of Words, HelloBaby, and Ready Rosie,will present at the

2019 conference of the NCFL

National Center for Families Learning

at the Marriott Downtown from 3:15 P.M - 4:30 P.M.  in Louisville, KY, on November 4

Learn more about the 2019 FAMI...

October 7, 2019

I am excited to announce that Tracey Young and I will be presenting at NAEYC’s (National Association for the Education of Young Children) 2019 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN November 20–23. Our session, Big Vocabularies Start with Little Children: conversations wit...

June 18, 2019


Babies understand what we say to them long before they can say a single word. We all have trouble starting conversations with a 1-year-old, but if we start by naming what we see that child doing, we have begun. How do we know if a baby understands what...