Our first teachers in life, and perhaps our best teachers are the people we are closest to. This might be mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, or a family friend or caregiver. The adults that surround babies and young children exert tremendous influence over them, much more than they generally realize. Thus, the importance of the interactions between a child and their first caregivers and the bearing those interactions have on early learning abilities cannot be overstated. Caregivers who read to their children, speak to their children frequently and clearly, and participate in the reading and writing process of early childhood offer the most powerful tools for adult success later in life. Children learn what they live.