The Foundations of Lifelong Health

What Does Your Child Need to Thrive?

A range of scientific evidence tell us the early years,  particularly  from birth to five years, are the most active period to establish healthy brain development. The quality of a child’s earliest environments and the availability of appropriate experiences at the right stages of development are crucial to experience, regulate, and express emotions and form close and secure interpersonal relationships. 

 

Disruptions in early childhood development can derail this development process, including social and emotional development, causing a lifetime of implications. What are the building blocks that support healthy child development and their future.

Newborn

An amazing transformation takes place during the first 5 years of life.  With so much to learn before they start school, this is a memorable time and a life changing period of essential development.  

Early child experiences

has critical implications

on development.

KEY RESPONSIVE

RELATIONSHIPS

Responsiveness to a young child’s signals and needs provides an environment rich in serve and return experiences.

PARENTS MENTAL HEALTH

& CORE CAPABILITIES

Chaotic, stressful, and threatening situations can derail any parent. Children need a sense of safety and security at home. 

 KEY TO PARENTING

 Fostering strong nurturing  relationships can shield children from the impact of negative experiences and can create a protective barrier. 

High-quality relationships are fundamental to children’s resilience and are the principle components children and adults need to build their abilities to cope and overcome adversity. 

Early Child Brain Development

Learn about your baby's amazing development

Birth

25%

1 year

70%

3 year

85%

5 year

92%

Child Brain Development
Child Brain Development
Child Brain Development
Child Brain Development
LEARNING PROGRAMS
AND CHILDCARE

 

5 Steps to Choosing Child Care
​Child Care Quality Ratings
Choosing Safe & Healthy Care
Find Local Child Care Resources

Head Start

AGES & STAGES
TRACKER 

Follow your child's Ages and Stages  to help you learn more about what to expect from your child’s development, positive parenting......

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NUTRITION
& HEALTH

HEALTH HABITS BEGIN AT BIRTH

Expansive Infant Toddler Nutrition Guide

Key points for women who are or may become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and young children.​​

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The Role of 

Play in Childhood