News You Can Use: Early Experiences Build the Brain

Explore in this News You Can Use how the connections within the brain are created and made strong, the negative impact of chronic stress at an early age, and how caring adults can help even in difficult situations.

News You Can Use: Approaches Toward Learning Part 3—Foundations of School Readiness

Young children's ability to remember what they see and hear, to relate what they remember to previous experiences, and to use what they know to meet challenges and solve problems are examples of using learning approaches. Part 3 of the News You Can Use series on approaches toward learning explores memory, persistence, and problem solving, and provides teachers, home visitors, and family child care providers with ways to help infants and toddlers develop these qualities.

School Readiness Action Steps for Infants and Toddlers

All Head Start agencies must establish program goals for improving the school readiness of participating children and follow steps to achieve those goals. These action steps will help Head Start agencies providing birth-to-three services meet the needs of infants and toddlers. The four school readiness action steps involve establishing goals, implementing a plan for achieving the goals, assessing progress, and analyzing data in order to make plans for program improvement. Note: This resource is under review.