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Chattanooga Basics

What is it?

The Chattanooga Basics are five evidence-based parenting principles for children birth to age three. The priority of the Basics is to narrow the achievement gap by equipping families with the information and support they need to raise their infants and toddlers. The Basics also serve as a framework for family engagement and include learning resources that organizations can use to support families. The Basic Principles are maximize love; manage stress; talk, sing, and point; count, group, and compare; explore through movement and play; and read and discuss stories. 

What is the evidence base?

The Chattanooga Basics foster secure parent-child relationships, promote children’s development and emotional well-being, accelerate language development, lay the foundations for mathematical thinking, enhance motor skills, and build reasoning and early literacy skills. 

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