This guide contains ten key practices that help early childhood educators enhance the language and communication development of infants and toddlers. Using these practices, early childhood educators can increase the amount and complexity of the language they speak to children, be more responsive to children’s vocalizations and speech, and engage in more conversations with children. These practices can be adapted to working with children of different language and cultural backgrounds to support the language and communication development of all children.

By giving children a rich language environment in infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood educators can play an important role in supporting children’s development. By providing children with multiple, varied opportunities to engage in language and communication, early childhood educators can help equip children with the skills they need to thrive in preschool and beyond.