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If children do not have good language skills, they cannot make good progress, officials say. (Special photo: Thirty Million Words Initiative)

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Starved for words?

Program uses talking to nourish kids’ brains

Research shows that by three years of age, children from low-income households hear 30 million fewer words than a child from a professional family, says Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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