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Early Childhood

Friday, March 3, 2017

Investing in the Early Years Infographic

This infographic provides a 5 minute guide for investing in the early years.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Investing in the Early Years, Presentation Slide Deck

The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood in New Hampshire Presentation Slide Deck from Forum on the Future Breakfast Meeting.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NH Leaders: Why I Care

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Framework for Action for New Hampshire's Young Children

Spark NH is the governor-appointed early childhood advisory council for the State of New Hampshire.  Spark created this ten-point framework which outlines important steps for health, education, and family economic stability that support key areas of childhood development.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Investing in NH’s Workforce: The Earlier, the Better

Investing in NH’s Workforce: The Earlier, the Better
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Why Babies Matter to Business

This is the first in a series of stories about early childhood education as a workforce issue written by Matt Mowry in Business NH Magazine that will run throughout the year examining the economic impact of early childhood education in NH. The article discusses how investing in the education of babies and toddlers is a wise use of resources.
Monday, February 3, 2014

Three Core Concepts in Early Development

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.  The series depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.

1) Experiences Build Brain Architecture

This video is part one of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.


The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through a process that begins early in life and continues into adulthood. Simpler circuits come first and more complex brain circuits build on them later. Genes provide the basic blueprint, but experiences influence how or whether genes are expressed. Together, they shape the quality of brain architecture and establish either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the learning, health, and behavior that follow. Plasticity, or the ability for the brain to reorganize and adapt, is greatest in the first years of life and decreases with age.

 
2) Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Connectivity

This video is part two of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

 

One of the most essential experiences in shaping the architecture of the developing brain is "serve and return" interaction between children and significant adults in their lives. Young children naturally reach out for interaction through babbling, facial expressions, and gestures, and adults respond with the same kind of vocalizing and gesturing back at them. This back-and-forth process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain, especially in the earliest years.

3) Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

This video is part three of a three-part series titled "Three Core Concepts in Early Development" from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

 

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Early Childhood Matters, Invest in Us

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Change the First Five Years


If we invest in programs that promote learning beginning at birth, the statistics will change, the stories will change, the future will change.