"The brains of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers undergo rapid physical and neurological growth. Children's environments and interactions with caregivers literally shape the development of the brain creating a framework that lasts a lifetime."                       -Teachstone

Q:  How can I support my child's development before

he/she enters Head Start?

A: Long before your child enters school, he/she is already learning. Babies are born wired to learn. As your child's most important & invested adult, your daily intentional interactions with your child will nurture this learning & make a significant difference in his/her development.  See how your intentional interactions can help support your young child's development below.


Head Start Infant & Toddler Teaching Practices & Other Early Learning Resources- For infants and toddlers, all learning happens within the context of their relationships with important adults in their lives.

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NEWBURGH BASICS- HSEOC partnered with NECSD's The Newburgh Basics Campaign, which is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. The Newburgh Basics are 5 fun & simple ways families can give their child a head start before they enter Head Start.

Maximize Love, Manage Stress

Young children thrive when their world seems loving, safe, and predictable.

Read & Discuss Stories

The more we read with young children, the more prepared they become to enjoy reading and to do well in school.

Talk, Sing & Point

Young children are born wired to learn . They learn and mimic sound from infancy. Making these moments meaningful will help support their development & help them thrive.

Count, Group & Compare

Math skills are developed long before children enter school.

Explore Through Movement & Play

Young children's coordination, strength & overall health is dependent on their activities through movement & play.