Home Start

Baby Home StartIncreased guidance and support for families help them use lots of language throughout the day to close the 30 million word gap. Baby Home Start focuses on creating and nurturing rich experiences in the home through meaningful activities, routines, and interactions so each child can grow into a curious, successful learner.

Babies learn through their own senses and experiences. Before entering school or a more formal caregiving setting– the best and most influential learning begins from day one at home and sets the stage for future success. When babies have the opportunity to absorb and explore and have rich interactions and experiences in the home, they’re more curious learners, however many parents and early caregivers don’t know where to start. While incorporating learning moments into the daily care routines of infants may seem difficult – there are plenty of simple, high-quality activities that can be done with your baby right from the start.

Baby Home Start brings fun, easy, and enriching activities into the home, covering physical, cognitive, social emotional, and language areas using different rooms of the house as literal rooms for learning moments. With a focus on repetition and routines, Baby Home Start nurtures learning during key moments in the newborn/infant period – such as feeding time, changing time, bath time, play time, and bed time – to help families use lots of language, strengthen bonds, and develop each child’s wealth of experiences

Available in English and Spanish, Baby Home Start is appropriate for ages 0-2 years and can be used by anyone looking to increase family learning experiences and language exposure, to support more natural, curious learners and a lifelong love for learning.

Buy Now (Baby Home Start)

Why Baby Home Start?

English / Spanish

Available in English and Spanish
to support all children and families.

More impactful and intentional family activities
to support how infants learn best.

Smiley Face

Proven, easy guidance for families
to increase learning moments and experiences in the home around key objectives in early childhood development.

Increased engagement between children families and caregivers
improves school readiness and fosters a lifelong love for learning.

Impacts and Outcomes

Limited academic background knowledge and language exposure is a contributing factor to the ongoing achievement gap in school. When children have opportunities to engage in meaningful learning experiences at home they’re more successful in school, however many parents and caregivers don’t know where to start.

Baby Home Start helps families use everyday objects and routines in the home to strengthen bonds, and increase early language exposure and early cognitive skill development to foster a generation of curious lifelong learners ready for school and life.

Affectionate mother and baby playing together on a carpet on the floor at home

Who can benefit from using Baby Home Start?

Baby Home Start is used by many organizations and programs to help the following people:

People with heart and arrows


Looking to provide simple but meaningful early learning experiences in the home.

Family Members

Who help care for young children in the home and want to support learning.

Home Visitors

Looking to support parents through a coordinated system of services for children and families.


Looking for ways to extend learning into the home and increase language exposure.

  • In four years, an average child in a professional family would accumulate experience with almost 45 million words, and average child in a working class family 26 million words, and an average child in a welfare family 13 million words.

    —Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, The 30 Million Word Gap

Through Baby Home Start, The Discovery Source aims to provide families with tools to develop and strengthen early learning in the home.

Increased and ongoing exposure to routines and experiences in the home increases social emotional and cognitive skills in young children. Families who create authentic learning moments in the home through talking, listening, guided activities, and play result in more “ready children,” better prepared for school and life. Baby Home Start helps families use familiar objects, routines, and activities in the home to develop each child’s experiences while increasing language exposure, ultimately strengthening learning connections for more successful learners. Learn more about The Discovery Source and Baby Home Start by clicking below.