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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Communication Tools

How to Write a Letter to the Editor and an Opinion Editorial
This advocacy tool outlines suggestions for writing letters to the editor and op-eds and getting them printed, as well as examples of published opinion pieces. 

Effective Communication About the Early Years: Framing Early Childhood Issues 
This series of articles is intended to help support infant-toddler professionals in their communications efforts.  

Effective Communication about the Early Years: Understanding
the Basics of Framing
This article is designed to provide you with a basic introduction to some concepts of effective communications, including the fundamentals of framing and ways to think about reframing your communications.

The Elements of the Frame—Context, Numbers & Messengers
This article begins to break the process of framing down by examining the strategic elements that comprise a frame. 

The Elements of the Frame- Visuals, Tone, and Metaphors and Simplifying Models
This article examines three additional elements of the frame – the research which supports each element, how to use it effectively in your communications and examples that relate each element directly to communicating infant-toddler issues.

Framing Early Childhood Development: Recommendations for Infant-Toddler Professionals & Advocates
This article explores some specific early childhood frames, the impact of those frames on how people reason about infant-toddler development, and the consequences of these messages for public policy.

Effective Communication about the Early Years: Strategies for Becoming a Better Communicator
This article in the framing series addresses strategies that infant-toddler professionals can use to become better communicators about the early years.

When is the Right Time to Use Personal Stories & Vivid Examples? How to Effectively Communicate about Early Childhood
This article in the framing series takes a communications challenge head-on:  Is it really effective to include the stories of specific children or families in our communications and advocacy efforts? Drawing on research from the Frameworks Institute, this article focuses on an analysis of personal stories and vivid examples to inform our advocacy and communications practice.

Telling the Solutions Story
This article in the framing series is about solutions storytelling and shows how to develop a story that begins with an effective solution or intervention and then follows with a definition of the problem.

How to Talk About Early Childhood Mental Health
This article in the framing series highlights the communication research on childhood mental health, and also provides tools to help us communicate more effectively and promote public policies that reflect what we know about early childhood mental health.

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