Back Up Child Care

Even the best planned child care arrangements can be disrupted from time to time. Without emergency care, more commonly known as back-up care, working parents may be forced to stay home or bring their child to work with them. By planning ahead and knowing your options, you can be prepared to meet the unexpected. Back-up…

Serve And Return Interactions

Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or…

Brain Architecture

Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood. Brains are built over time, from the bottom…

A Child’s Capacity To Thrive

We know that attachments to their parents are primary, but young children can also benefit significantly from relationships with other responsive caregivers both within and outside the family. Close relationships with other nurturing and reliably available adults do not interfere with the strength of a young child’s primary relationship with his or her parents. In fact,…

Core Principles of Development Can Help Us Redesign Policy and Practice

According to The Center On The Developing Child at Harvard, recent advances in the science of brain development offer an unprecedented opportunity to solve some of society’s most challenging problems, from widening disparities in school achievement and economic productivity to costly health problems across the lifespan. Understanding how the experiences children have starting at birth,…

The Magic Of Everyday Moments

Have you ever noticed your child watch a truck driving by or pick up a ladybug? That is an example of how your child develops thinking skills. Young children develop thinking skills—such as understanding cause and effect and developing the ability to reason—by exploring and learning how things fit together. They use their senses to…

Positive Parenting Tips

In their first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive, or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”), or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names…

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention: Is the term used to describe services and support that help babies and toddlers (from birth to 3 years of age in most states/territories) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. May include speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family. Can…

Raising A Confident Child

From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don’t taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. Yes, this is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Parents quickly learn to say “no” when their childs exploring becomes dangerous .    Parents are encouraged to become…

Kids Develop In Many Ways

Lots of things impact how your child will develop.The most important is the family, but your community and culture also play a part.  Your family is considered to be the strongest relationship your child can have when they begin early learning. Support and nurture are the building blocks from which your child grows. To make…