There has been a great deal of research in recent years into how the brain develops. We know that healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for kids to succeed in school and at work, and leads to better community health and wellness.
We also know that the brain starts with simple circuits that develop into more complex circuits with age and experience. The genes we get from our parents provide the basic blueprint. Our early experiences influence how those genes are expressed to shape learning, health, and behavior down the road. Positive early experiences are critical for creating a strong brain foundation.