Brain Building for Families
Laying the foundation for success.
Caring adults are the ultimate brain builders. A caring adult’s back and forth serve and return interactions – cooing or speaking, touching and making eye contact – begin building brain architecture from the moment a baby is born. As a young child grows, these interactions and experiences create connections that wire the brain for future success. They also lay the foundation for the next phase of learning – like reading and math – and lifetime of school success. Whenever children are nurtured and engaged in an interactive, enriching environment at home or in the community, that’s brain building in progress!
In Massachusetts, families have many partners. The most valuable are the educators, caregivers and after school and summer programs that you choose during the first five years and beyond. Look below and in the sidebar for resources on brain building, choosing programs and everyday activities that you can do with your child.
Before the age of three, the human brain develops more rapidly than at any other time in life.
Young children’s brains develop 700 synapses (neural connections that transmit information) every second.
Ideas for building your child's brain:
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24/7 referrals to Community services and support
Choosing quality early education and care or after school program
What you can do to support healthy development plus fun activities
Advocate for young minds and Massachusetts’ future.