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The Power of Stories

With one compelling story, we can build a relationship with potential advocates or policymakers, offer a new perspective and real-life experience, help them understand the impact of a complex issue, and change minds.

by Elizabeth DiLauro, Director of Advocacy, ZERO TO THREE

As early childhood professionals, we know the power of stories. We have seen young children drawn in to stories, captivated by characters and what happens to them. Families share stories with their children to strengthen relationships, connect them to their community, and offer important lessons about values. In classrooms and family child care homes, caregivers offer stories that spark conversation or teach particular concepts or processes. Young children engage with stories cognitively and emotionally—even physically as they act them out—in ways that can change understanding, behavior, and perspective.

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