What Is Serve And Return?

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 supports the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or…

Summer Brain Builders Series

On August 14th, 6:30 – 8:30, we will be hosting the first “Summer Brain Building Series” here at CCR in Neptune. We are encouraging parents to come with their babies and older siblings for a night of information and fun! The topic of the night is “Brain Builders At Work” and we’ll share how parents…

Experiences Build 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. An “environment of relationships” is crucial for the development…

What to Look for in a Child Care Program

The way children are treated by caregiving adults shapes their development in important ways, so it is crucial to find a childcare professional who both understands and nurtures children’s learning through the everyday moments they share. For example, does the caregiver talk to your baby during a diaper change, comfort or sing to her if…

A Good Caregiver…

Is loving and responsive One who hugs, rocks, cuddles, seeks eye contact and enjoys the child…who responds to the baby’s smiles and emerging skills and interests…who finds ways to expand upon children’s play to help them learn new skills…who is sociable and interested in children. One who talks with the baby about what they do…

Why It Takes A Village

Child Care Resources recognizes the positive impact of parent partnerships. Our Parenting Village is designed to be an integrated approach that provides on-going opportunities for parents to engage with their children, connect with other parents, and gain insight on parenting and their child’s development.  This kind of partnership was born out of seeing a need…

Ease The Anxiety

A new childcare experience can be overwhelming. The tips below will help you prepare your child for this experience and help you establish a good working relationship with your childcare provider. Some children adjust to a new childcare situation almost immediately, others might take several months. Follow your child’s lead. Give them the time they need…

Building Brain Power In Toddlers

Supporting brain power in children is easy! Children will show you windows of opportunity through their curiosity; pay attention to signals and help them to explore. By age 3, toddlers know more than 1,000 words! By age 3, the brain is equipped to juggle multiple tasks like focusing and storing information. Skills start to develop…

Summer Time Means More Time To Play

Now that the kids are out of school, remember that play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play as a family weaves the ties of love and connection that bind family members together. Make sure your child gets plenty of play time with their child care provider…

What Are “Quality” Early Childhood Programs?

Quality early childhood programs provide experiences that optimize each child’s development, learning and health, engage families and communities in partnerships and cultivate life-long learners and productive members of society. What does this mean for families? Early childhood programs refer to any program or service related to young children and families. While programs and services are…

5 Important Ways Fathers Impact Child Development

When it comes to parenting,  a mother’s love is important and special, but having an active father figure plays an equally important role in the healthy development of a child. Here are 5 important ways fathers impact child development: 1. Increase Intellect. An active father can help increase your child’s emotional intelligence and problem solving capabilities.…