Early Childhood Brain Development
Child Care & Learning Centers in Raeford, Cameron & Hope Mills NC
Throughout the years, Building Blocks Early Education Centers have helped nurture children’s spiritual, emotional, and cognitive development. Together with families, we work to encourage children to learn, grow, and create, under the guidance of our loving teachers and staff. We provide children with a variety of ways to expand their knowledge and further their development. This includes Bible Stories, outdoor activities, interactive play, and more. It is our goal to instill a lifelong love of learning in each child, as well as the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ in their hearts.
Our curriculum and programs are focused on early childhood brain development and encouraging cognitive growth from a young age. Our teachers meet both NAEYC and DCDEE requirements for teaching young children, and all have associates or bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. We maintain smaller staff-to-child ratios to ensure your child receives individual attention and care. We work hard to provide parents with the resources they need to help their child grow, while maintaining the highest level of compassion and care for their children.
The First 2000 Days
The first 2000 days of a child’s life is a critical time for learning, and also imperative for their brain development. Creating an environment that caters to the most important aspects of your child’s brain development is our top priority. Our staff and teachers work to maintain a healthy, clean, and nurturing environment which encourages young minds to expand and grow. We use state-of-the-art tools to help jumpstart each child’s brain development. By helping a child feel comfortable and loved, they are more receptive to learning!
For updated information about early childhood brain development and the importance of the first 2000 days of their life, please see the links below.
Video Resources on Early Brain Development
The 6 videos below serve as a basic introduction to understanding Early Brain Development. Each video is accompanied by a brief research document. We recommend viewing and reading them in numeric order.
Introduction to Brain Development
Brain development from birth to four years old sets the foundations of development for a child’s entire life. From the beginning of our lives, our brain is prepared to be shaped by interactions and experience. Brain development is a back and forth interaction, not a one way street. and the brain is prepared to be shaped by experience and interactions. This video (and the 5 that follow) highlights the importance of helping shape a child’s brain development from day one as we help shape the next generation.
Brain Architecture refers to the brain’s ability to create, and keep, connections. Connections turn into circuits, which controls the brain’s ability to communicate. When these connections are not used they disappear in a process called pruning. In order for your child to have the ability to grow, learn, and develop, his or her connections must be present and strong. Think about how easy it is for children to learn multiple languages. Now reflect on how hard it is to learn a second language as an adult. This is because between the ages of zero to four these connections and circuits are constantly being made, growing stronger with each interaction. Once older, these connections are rarely made. When trying to form new connections, or circuits, as an adult it takes lots of practice and determination to create. Brain architecture creates the foundation for the ability to learn throughout lifetime. The goal for our children is to create as many connections as possible during their time at Building Blocks, before he or she gets too old, and it becomes too difficult for these connections to form.
Serve and Return
Interactions with adults (“serve and return”) — is a key component of building strong brain architecture in young children. During this process, a baby “serves” to an adult by babbling, and the adult “returns” with an interaction through expressions and gestures. This helps create neural connections between areas of the brains. Building strong brain architecture during infancy helps children develop skills they will need throughout their life. In addition, it helps shape behavior and health that follow.
Neglect in children happens with the brain does get what is it is expecting to get, especially input from those around us. Back and forth interaction (conversation, reading, rolling a ball back and forth) helps forge connections in the brain and between the child and those around them. When these interactions do not occur, it strips away the essential components of building brain architecture. Neglect is more likely to occur than any other kind of maltreatment.
Our early experiences set a foundation for everything that follows. The things we experience as young children is literally built into our body, for better or worse. Exposure to levels of chronic stress changes the way our bodies function and can lead to disease and negative effects on the quality of life. To promote a healthier life, it is important to promote strong brain development.
In the face of adversity, resilience is a good outcome. Building strong resilience through brain development can help children deal with bumps in the road. It allows them to develop positive skills, while managing difficulties. Just like the brain, resilience must be built over time. It is not an inherent ability, it is built by interaction with our environments and those around us. Promoting resilience in childhood help them to grow up to be productive citizens.
For more information about our programs and the many ways we promote early childhood brain development, please contact BBEEC today at 910-703-8714. We look forward to hearing from you and caring for your child.