New initiative launches in Columbus to promote learning and language development for children

New initiative launches in Columbus to promote learning and language development for children

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A new community-wide initiative launched in Columbus to promote learning and language development for children.

Columbus 2025’s Basics Chattahoochee Valley initiative is targeted toward children from birth to three years old.

The program was founded by Harvard professor, Dr. Ron Ferguson, who presented and introduced it to community leaders Tuesday at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center. Ferguson explained his five fun and powerful ways to interact with children to give them a great start in life.

"Sometimes, they think we will wait until they start kindergarten is when they will start learning school stuff, but there is a lot of brain development that happens in those first three years of life,” said Ferguson. “What the Basics do is give parents a guide for the kinds of things they can do to help their baby grow smarter and happy."

The Basics Chattahoochee Valley’s vision for the community is to increase prosperity, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for everyone.

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