The experiences we have as children shape our brains and set the stage for a lifetime of learning. In this podcast, learn the basics of brain development and how to support children's healthy brain development.
School readiness is foundational across early childhood systems and programs. It means children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children's learning, and schools are ready for children. Head Start views school readiness as children possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for later learning and life. Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are all essential ingredients of school readiness. Managers, teaching staff, caregivers, family advocates, and families can learn more about creating enriching and supportive learning environments for young children ages birth to 5.
Children need extra support in their earliest days to grow a healthy brain. Caring relationships, child-centered interactions, and responsive care are keys to nurturing healthy brain development.
Discover the basics of brain development and how early experiences shape the architecture of a child’s brain. Learn about the importance of back-and-forth interactions and strategies that support this growth.
Explore this module to learn about children's brain building and development. It includes the following topics: Brain Building Basics, the Brain and Learning, and Stress and the Brain.