104: Fostering WIC and EHDI Community Collaborations

Research demonstrates early exposure to language-rich interactions between adults and children forms the basis of Language Nutrition. This is a term created to describe the use of language sufficiently rich in engagement, quality, quantity, and context that it nourishes the child neurologically, socially, and linguistically. This presentation will focus on building an innovative community framework with the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs to foster language and nutrition coaching to facilitate literary success. By teaching families the importance of incorporating nutritious food, and promoting language rich environments, WIC providers will lead infants and children on a pathway toward literacy and health.