MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The city of Minneapolis is launching a new campaign to support children in the community.
It’s called Talking is Teaching, and it encourages everyone to talk, read and sing to children as much as possible.READ MORE: 2 Killed, 3 Injured In Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle, Police Say
Mayor Betsy Hodges says it helps expand brain development, especially with children under the age of three.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 9 Live Updates: Witnesses For The Prosecution Resumes
“Eighty percent of brain development happens by the time a person is 3 years old, and we know we can expand that brain development by talking, by reading, by singing,” Hodges said at a Tuesday press conference.
The mayor says lower income kids hear about 30 million fewer words than higher income kids.MORE NEWS: University Of Wisconsin Regents Set To Extend SAT, ACT Exemptions
She says this initiative will help develop children’s brains to the maximum potential.