The Science: Children are Born Learning
Quality early care and education makes such a tremendous impact on a child's life because, between birth and age five, the brain is extremely responsive to experience.
The messages a child gets during interactions with the environment and those around him/her create synapses ("connections") between neurons ("brain cells"), thus creating the structure of the brain. Synapses that are strengthened through repetition become permanent. The synapses that are not "excited" are pruned away. For example, a child who is rarely spoken to or read to in the early years may have trouble mastering language skills later on.
The Child Care Council of Westchester wants every child in Westchester to develop to his or her full potential by facilitating access to high quality care and education while parents are working.
In good child care situations, children are exposed to warm, loving interactions with caregivers, and talk, sing, read, play and explore objects and physical space – which are the best ways to stimulate brain development and promote the cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional skills that will prepare them for success in school, career and life.
Children are born learning and with the potential to be bright, healthy and successful, and to contribute to their communities. Support the Child Care Council and help us make that a reality.