As former Director of Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE, Dr. Dorinda Williams, discusses brain science in the early years and why early experiences like reading are so important for young children in military families.
Ready for Reading is a podcast by United Through Reading dedicated to helping military families create reading routines that support family connection, help with navigating change, and build literacy skills for military children.
A military spouse herself, Dr. Williams is an infant and early childhood mental health expert who has spent much of her career working with military families. She is the author of Over There, a popular book with many military families that features children expressing their feelings about their parents being away on deployment.
Like so many military-connected families with young children, I wasn’t sure how to find the words to talk about their daddy being away. And how would I be able to support them in staying emotionally-connected with their daddy? – Dr. Williams
Resources from this show:
- Learn More About the United Through Reading Program
- Book: Over There (Daddy version) (Mommy version)
- Book: Home Again
- App: Babies on the Homefront
- Resource: Read Early and Often
- Self-care resources on Military One Source
- Other books for 0-3 military kids: