Initiative focuses on 'Growing Little Minds'

Hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth are working together launching a new program to educate parents on the importance of infant brain development.

The free program called "Growing Little Minds" is designed to encourage parents to promote their child's brain development during the first 12 months of life.

Recent studies show how important that connection can be to a child's growth, their success in school, social activities and even their professional career later in life.

It was inspired by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He and DFW Hospital Council President Steve Love stopped by Good Day Thursday to explain how easy it is for parents to help their children absorb knowledge.

Some natural interactions include talking to infants, reading to them or just playing with them. It can even be as simple as hugs and kisses.