Dougherty County is home to 93,000 people. It also has a high infant mortality rate among its African-American residents. The local health department is trying to curb that with a program that combines prenatal care with parenting lessons.
Babies learn to talk following an intricate biological progression. It may sound like babble, but those noises babies make represent distinct milestones along the road to talking. And the absence of sounds can be cause for concern. When GPB reporter Jeanne Bonner had her first child almost two years ago, she started recording the sounds of her baby’s voice. As she reports, Atlanta researchers are conducting the largest-ever study of infant vocal development.
A chasm exists in language learning. It involves the cumulative total of words that babies and toddlers hear — and even more importantly, the words they don’t hear. It’s called the “30 million word gap.” If children don’t have good language skills, they can’t make good progress. And Georgia is losing too many before the age 3 when it comes to verbal proficiency.
A measure to deny birthright U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants was introduced in Washington Wednesday. The push is being made by a group of state lawmakers from across the country, including Georgia.