By three years of age, a child’s brain is 85% developed. Parents, caregivers, and communities have an opportunity in the early years of a child’s life to affect brain growth through positive speech and experiences. There is a 30 million word gap between children from professional families and those children who come from families at or below the poverty level. Focusing on the power of words gives Greater Cleveland’s youngest brains the foundation for academic success.

#WordGapCLE is an awareness campaign to reach adults with the message that the words and language they use with a young baby/child make a significant impact on a child’s development. We work with community partners to share this message using posters and collateral materials.