The first years are the most crucial to a child’s healthy development. During this period, one million new brain connections form every second, laying a foundation for social-emotional development, learning and skill-building. While a child's genes provide the blueprint for these connections, early experiences influence brain development. Connections that are used are strengthened, while those that aren’t stimulated are lost through a natural process called pruning. This means that helping our children build strong brains means giving them stimulating learning opportunities and nurturing, responsive relationships—from day one. (Watch this great "Brain Builders" video to learn more.)
Getting kids ready for school means more than helping them with their ABCs, packing their lunches, filling their backpacks and getting them to the bus on time. It starts the day they're born with quality early experiences.
Scientific data from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and Zero to Three.