Do early childhood experiences change the actual structure of the brain? Yes, they do! Brain development is “activity-dependent,” which means early experiences shape young brains. While brain development is a lifelong process, the first three years are a period of rapid growth, laying the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health. By age three, your child’s brain has built about 1,000 trillion connections!
What is executive function and how can you help your child develop it? Executive function is a group of skills that helps regulate behaviors and manage emotions: they allow us to process information, focus attention and control impulses. Executive function skills help children learn new information, plan, and solve problems, which is why they can predict school success better than IQ scores.
This Father’s Day, we’re celebrating dads and the big impact they have in our children’s lives! For the past few years, scientists have been discovering more and more about the positive influence dads can have on their little ones’ development.
Research shows that engaging young children in language-rich interactions such as talking, reading and singing every day can boost their brain and language development. We’ve partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Head Start Association and the National Association for Family Child Care to create Strive for 5!, a new national program designed to equip early educators with unique bilingual (English/Spanish) tools and resources to create language-rich environments for young children.