Making a Positive Early Childhood Impact
During the first three years of life, children experience an incredible growth in brain development. “By the age of 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells (Zero to Three® 2014). Researchers continue to provide crucial information regarding brain development in young children. Starting with our youngest children, Infant and Toddler care creates a solid foundation to promote healthy brain development. Rainbow Child Care understands the importance of early childhood education and strives to create a developmentally appropriate environment for our infants and toddlers to flourish. Our curriculum, The Creative Curriculum®, is designed to offer stimulating interactions and activities, providing infants with a good start and forming healthy patterns for a love of life-long learning.
What can I do at home?
- Daily care and routine experiences such as feeding and diaper changing can lend itself to wonderful learning opportunity for you and your baby. During these experiences, you can sing nursery rhymes, play games such as “this little piggy” touching their fingers and toes and gently massage their arms and legs.
- It’s never too early to start reading with your baby. Emergent literacy in young children can be a crucial component to their long-term academic success. Helping children develop meaningful literacy experiences around books may create a passion for learning that can open many doors and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. So grab a book and cuddle up to enjoy a story together.
- Although brain development is extremely important at this stage, infants are also increasing their physical skills and abilities. Allow your baby plenty of time to explore toys on the floor giving them time to practice a full range of body movement. Holding devices such as bouncers, swings and ExerSaucers can limit your baby’s ability to strengthen their gross-motor muscle development.
Brain Development, Zero to Three® 2014