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The Power of the Voice for Healthy Brain Development

EPL and Dr. Amber Reichert, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) Neonatologist with a passion for early literacy, share research on babies' brain development and the importance of language to our overall health.

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The Research

Sharing your voice with your baby is essential for brain development.

What follows is a simplification based on research that Dr. Reichert uses to train staff on the role of reading and language in babies’ brain development. It conveys what EPL staff have intuitively known for years – that sharing meaningful, daily interactions with babies is a simple and powerful way to give your baby an advantage for life.

A summary of the research is available in two PDF formats: a 12" x 18" poster suitable for printing and a file optimized for viewing on the web.

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Welcome Baby

EPL's Welcome Baby program puts books in the hands of families across Edmonton.

Available at your baby’s two-month immunization, this FREE package includes a board book, music CD, tote bag and early literacy information and book suggestions.

You’ll also receive a second free board book and an illustrated songs and rhymes booklet when you sign up your child 36 months of age or younger for a FREE library card. To get your child a library card, visit any EPL branch or sign up online at epl.ca/Membership.

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