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3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Feb 11, 2021

While classroom teachers are significant in every student’s learning journey, that journey begins before children ever enter a school.

Today, 3Ps hosts Danielle and Mary welcome on Dr. Dana Suskind, Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Founder and Director of Thirty Million Words.

Dr. Suskind shares about how her career as a cochlear implant surgeon led her to recognize the range of language development in her patients. Her curiosity about what led to such differences in language acquisition set her on a path of research and awareness about early childhood brain and language development. Dr. Suskind created the Thirty Million Words initiative, which became the TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health. She also published the book Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain. She shares about the Center’s research and its work to have a “population level impact on what parents do and believe” in the early childhood space.

Danielle, Mary, and Dr. Suskind also discuss how the coronavirus pandemic may affect early childhood and the importance of teachers across grade levels understanding early childhood development.

Learn more about the TMW Center for Early Learning and Public Health at and find resources related to the “3Ts” strategies (Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns) to support children’s early learning at

Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at