File Name: in the beginning the brain early development and learning .zip
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In the earliest years of life, especially from pregnancy to age three, babies need nutrition, protection and stimulation for healthy brain development. In the brain-building process, neural connections are shaped by genes and life experiences — namely good nutrition, protection and stimulation from talk, play and responsive attention from caregivers. A mix of factors determine why some children receive the nutrition, protection and stimulation they need, while others are left behind. Poverty is a common part of the equation. Often, the most disadvantaged children are least likely to have access to the essential ingredients for healthy development.
It is the interaction between the genes and environment that really shape the developing brain; a dance between biology and experience. While genes provide the initial map for development, it is the experiences and relationships babies and children have every day that literally shape their brains. The community and service environments in which children and families interact also play a key role in supporting optimal development. This helps communities, schools and governments pinpoint the services, resources and support children need to give them the best start in life. Genes provide the initial map for brain development, beginning with the basic connections in the brain from birth. At three, a child has around trillion brain connections or synapses, which in later development are selectively pruned.
The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, so as to maximize their future well-being. The early years of human development establish the basic architecture and function of the brain.
One of the main reasons is how fast the brain grows starting before birth and continuing into early childhood. Although the brain continues to develop and change into adulthood, the first 8 years can build a foundation for future learning, health and life success.
Choosing quality care that is in a healthy and safe environment should be your number one priority. Understanding what makes your child feel secure and knowing the activities he enjoys and will learn from will make a difference in your final child care decision. Each child has his own personality and responds to caregivers or experiences differently. Just like adults, children may have outgoing, shy, or even-tempered natures. This is crucial to nurturing his healthy emotional growth. As your child grows, you may find yourself searching for clues to her behavior. At times, she may be fascinated with her hands, her feet, and her mouth.
Child development involves the biological , psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the conclusion of adolescence. The main 3 stages of life include early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. During this period, development is significant, as many of life's milestones happen during this time period such as first words, learning to crawl, and learning to walk. There is speculation that middle childhood, or ages 6—13 are the most crucial years of a child's life, ranging from the starts of some sorts of formal schooling to the beginning of puberty, and this is also the period where many children start to gain a more sense of self. Adolescence, is the stage of life that typically starts around the time puberty hits, all the way up until legal adulthood.
This brief is part of a series that summarizes essential scientific findings from Center publications. The science of early brain development can inform investments in early childhood. These basic concepts, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society.
Check out our interactive infographic to see progress toward the Early and Middle Childhood objectives and other Healthy People topic areas. Document and track population-based measures of health and well-being for early and middle childhood populations over time in the United States. There is increasing recognition in policy, research, and clinical practice communities that early and middle childhood provide the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional foundation for lifelong health, learning, and well-being.