Strategic Partners

Hemera Foundation

Hemera Foundation

Hemera Foundation has supported the Thirty Million Words® Initiative since 2011.  Through its Awakening Child Program, Hemera works to promote innovative strategies focused on enhancing the developmental capacity of children between the ages of 0 and 3 and supporting children’s abilities to realize their fullest potentials.


We believe parents are TMW’s most important collaborators. Our curriculum is parent-developed, parent-tested, parent-directed and one day soon, parent-delivered. If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved in our program, please email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


We’re looking for families interested in participating in the video component of the Thirty Million Words® Initiative. Real parents demonstrating easy-to-follow strategies for improving the early language environment of their children on video are a key part of our instructional curriculum. Be a part of something great and build your child’s brain at the same time!

Ideal candidates have tons of personality and are comfortable having both parent and child on camera. You must also live within 25 miles of downtown Chicago and have weekday availability.

If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

In the event you are chosen, the time commitment includes a few preliminary phone calls and a short home visit prior to filming to discuss the type of interaction we’d like to shoot. The filming will be done at your home and will last approximately 4 to 6 hours, with lots of downtime built in for the kids We use a 3-person crew: a producer, cameraman and sound person. It’s very low-key; we all love being around kids and feel passionate about the work we do. Families selected to participate will receive $75 upon completion of filming.


Do you want to be a part of the Thirty Million Words® Initiative? Volunteers are the heart and soul of our operation and we’re always looking for good people to join us! If you live in Chicago and would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with TMW send us an email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.