Early Childhood

Brains Aren’t Just Born, They’re Also Built

“Science tells us that the experiences we have in the first years of our lives actually affect the physical architecture of the developing brain. Everyone has a set of genes that provides cells with a basic blueprint for development and operations. But research shows that our genes are sensitive to experiences during certain periods of development.

Our earliest experiences with caregivers cause physical changes to the area surrounding each gene, influencing how brain structures are built. For example, the  quality of the infant-caregiver relationship has an impact on the child’s emotional regulation and sensitivity to stress.” – From the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

Click here for an informative 4 minute video: How Brains are Built – The Core Story of Brain Development.

Act Early

CDC Act Early – from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern. Act Early Wisconsin aims to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development, early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern.

The Raising of America

“The Raising of America reframes the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series and multimedia initiative by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

The Raising of America includes an hour-long documentary for public TV broadcast and video release, 6 shorter video learning modules, an online learning center and a national public engagement campaign.” – From raisingofamerica.org.

View the trailer for the documentary below: