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Want to Light Up Your Baby's Brain? Talk, Coo, and Smile, Too.

What’s the most important (and easiest) thing a parent can do to stimulate the development of their baby’s brain? Take time to interact. Talking, smiling, asking open-ended questions: All of these exchanges are called serve and return, and they’re powerful moments. “This back-and-forth exchange of serve and return is important from the very first day your child is born,” says Dr. Elanna Yalow, KinderCare Education’s Chief Academic Officer. Watch to learn more!

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Meet Dr. Yalow.

As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Elanna Yalow is responsible for the development of our educational programs as well as ensuring we employ best practices in education, professional development, and quality assurance. A passionate advocate both for young children and the educators who teach them, Dr. Yalow is a renowned thought leader on early childhood education and has published and presented extensively on education topics. Dr. Yalow, a mother of two sons, holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Stanford University School of Education, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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