The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to represent Louisville, KY as one of five cities chosen to implement an innovative early childhood vocabulary building initiative. NCFL will work with local organizations to increase parent’s and caregiver’s ability to connect with their children through conversations during routines and events. Through the Say & Play with Words initiative, resources are available online and in-person. NCFL has a goal of supporting and preparing children for kindergarten and continued reading level achievement. See below for find free online resources and a list of organizations hosting parent and play groups.

Resources

Our free resources help family members and caregivers engage with infants and young children through everyday interactions. Try these simple activities created to build a strong vocabulary foundation in your children.

Families can participate in Say & Play with Words Parent Groups or Playgroups. Both groups will learn about ways to talk more and encourage conversation with their child. Parent groups consist of all parents learning together. Playgroups consist of both parents and children interacting together. Utilizing a LENA talk pedometer and talking tips, parents will see weekly progress of interactions with their children.

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Which location and time are best for you? View this Play Group calendar or this Parent Group Calendar so you can join us.

Find a Group near you:

Parent Group Locations

Family Health Centers – East Broadway (834 E Broadway, 402040)
Louisville Urban League (1535 W. Broadway, 40203)
MiniVersity Child Development Center (306 Roy Wilkins Ave., 40203)
St. Benedict Early Childhood Center (946 S 25th St., 40210)

Play Group Locations

Backside Learning Center (4574 S. Third St., 40214)
Chestnut Street YMCA (930 W. Chestnut St., 40203)
Family Health Centers (at Holy Name Catholic Church-2914 S. Third St., 40210)
Kerrick Family Resource Center (2210 Upper Hunters Trace, 40216)
Eisenhower Family Resource Center (5300 Jessamine Ln., 40258)
Louisville Free Public Library, Newburg (4800 Exeter Ave., 40218)
Louisville Free Public Library, Portland (3305 Northwestern Pkwy, 40212)
Louisville Urban League (at New Zion Baptist Church-1501 S 34th St, 40211)
MiniVersity Child Development Center (306 Roy Wilkins Ave., 40203)
St. Benedict Early Childhood Center (946 S. 25th St., 40210)
St. Joseph Children’s Home (2823 Frankfort Ave., 40206)
University of Louisville Pediatrics Norton Children’s Hospital (231 E. Chestnut St., 40202)
Visually Impaired Preschool Services (1906 Goldsmith Ln., 40218)

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Read the press release to learn more about the NCFL partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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