Stephen Massey, a representative of Too Small to Fail, was the inaugural speaker for the Trusted Messenger training on February 7. He delivered a lively and engaging discussion from the Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing campaign to a room full of early childhood learning professionals. For me, as the newest team member on the Talk Read Sing team, I was very honored to be included in this special training! Present in the room to receive this unique information were representatives from Growing Up Great in Town and Country, Reach Up, Healthy Start, Early Learning Coalition, ECC, Crisis Center, YMCA, HCC Child Development (professors and students), The Learning Center, Children’s Home Network, Metropolitan Ministry, Community Roots, Hillsborough County QEES Licensing, Frameworks, Glazer Museum and other interested individuals and advocates, to name a few of the involved collaborative Talk Read Sing partners in these trainings. Stephen came packed with knowledge, tools and tips on how to be confident as a trusted messenger and reminded us that everyone in the room is already a trusted messenger. With the tricks Stephen demonstrated, participants were able to think further about how they can engage parents and most effectively spread the TALK READ SING messages within the context of the work they are already doing.

Who is a trusted messenger? They are individuals like health care providers, teachers, faith leaders and anyone else committed to educating parents about early brain development while sharing why talking, reading and singing with children everyday is essential for the child’s future development!