Research & Resources

The parenting journey can be a long and challenging one with many hurdles to overcome. Let the experts lighten the load! Compiled below are some helpful parenting resources and links to the research that inspired the IT ALL MATTERS team to make a difference. 


A joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth.”


Zero to Three works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.


Pregnant women and new mothers work with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child.


Specific ideas to help develop new skills for talking and thinking, moving and doing, feeling and learning about themselves, and getting along with others.

Did You Know?

“Much of our emotional intelligence is learned in the first year. Children learn how to react in hundreds of simple cause and effect situations with parents. These situations guide them about being disappointed, pleased, anxious, sad, fearful, proud, ashamed, delighted, or apologetic. Children need this close, connected interaction and handling.”

Eric Jensen: Teaching With the Brain in Mind


Preparation for Parenthood

“We have for decades ignored the deteriorating preparation for parenthood that plagues so many families. If we don’t change the level of our thinking to encompass the systematic problems within which our schools are embedded, and if we persist in believing that the problems of our schools can be solved by only improving schools, we will never succeed.”

Clayton M. Christensen  Disrupting Class


Importance of Reading

“In 2003, a national study reported the positive influence of early parent- to- child reading, regardless of parental education level. In 2006, a similar study again found the same thing about reading, this time ruling out any effects of race, ethnicity, class, gender, birth order, early education, maternal education, maternal verbal ability, and maternal warmth.”

David Shenk: The Genius in All Of Us


Environment and Development

“Children develop only as the environment demands development.”

“A child’s home and family provide the circumstances for the emergence of language and word learning.” 

 Lois Bloom, PhD Columbia University ‚Äč


You Matter

“You are the most ‘significant other’ your baby interacts with [in relation to communication.] The way you engage with him or her will determine the path that language development takes in the first vital years.”

Caroline Bowen

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