Research shows that simple, everyday interactions with your children – like describing objects seen during a walk or bus ride, singing songs, or telling stories – can build their vocabularies, prepare them for school, and lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning. First 5 Santa Barbara County is proud to launch Talk, Read, Sing, a county wide effort to encourage you to boost the early brain development and language skills of your children.

Talk, Read, Sing” aims to provide you the resources you need to talk, read, and sing more with your child every day. So join us! Take a look at the steps we’ve outlined below for some ways you can participate.

How can you participate

Take the Talk, Read, Sing Pledge!
Take the pledge to talk, read and sing to your children more often and receive a free “Lee the Bee” book mailed directly to your house.

Share the Talk, Read Sing video on your social media channels!

Share a picture (selfie or regular) picture of you talking, reading and singing to your child with First 5 Santa Barbara County for our social media channels and your social media channels. Tag your social media posts with #talkreadsing

First 5 Santa Barbara County is committed to your privacy.
We will not share the content you send to us without contacting you first!

Pledge to talk, read, or sing to your child each and every day!
Take the pledge and receive a “Lee the Bee” book from First 5 Santa Barbara County.

TRS Resource Links


Online activities or download an app that will send one activity per day based on your child’s age.

Talking is Teaching

Videos and how-to sheets for incorporating talking, reading, and signing into everyday activities.


Build routines with charts, songs, printable activities, and a daily app with ideas.

US Department of Education

“Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day” tip sheets. Made specifically for families, caregivers and early educators, these resources can help enrich a child’s early language experiences by providing research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.

First 5 California

Boosting your baby’s brainpower starts with you.

Grow & Learn Together

Great activities and ideas broken out by age. Bonus; maybe your child will develop and Australian accent.

Let’s Talk About Feelings

Let’s Talk About Bathtime

Let’s Talk About Books

Let’s Talk About Bedtime