Daily Brain-Building Interactions.
Every child benefits from daily brain-building interactions with a caring adult right from birth.
Neuroscience tells us that our brains develop through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Early life experiences affect the quality of this development by establishing either a strong or a fragile neurological foundation for all future learning. A critical ingredient in this process of brain development is the frequency and quality of interactions between children and their parents and others in their home and community.
Everyday interactions present the perfect opportunities to build and strengthen a child’s ability to learn
Early language and literacy skills are developed through everyday moments – telling stories, reading books, having back and forth conversations (even before a child can speak) and playing together.
Many parents assume that learning begins when school does. They are not aware of the simple, but powerful learning opportunities that lie in their everyday interactions with their young child.
We invest in solutions that help parents* understand why and how to have daily brain-building interactions with children from birth.
*Parents include any adults who are the primary caregivers/guardians for children.
Take a look below at some of the enabling ingredients for daily brain-building interactions. Each contains opportunities for innovation and investment.
We hope this information will create a launchpad for creative ideas on how to act on opportunities or solve problems in this area.
We have a year-round open call for applications for funding and support for ideas that meet our investment criteria .
- Parents who are suffering from depression or anxiety, need to be supported so that are able to support their child’s early brain development.
- Parents, and other adults in a child’s life, need to know about the importance of early brain development and that there are many opportunities in a daily routine that can be used for learning.
- Parents need to have the opportunity, ability (time, knowledge, tools, prompts) and networks of support for daily brain-building interactions to happen.
- They also need to know that it is important to talk in their home language using a wide range of vocabulary and full sentences with their child.
- Parents with children who have special needs require more support and information on how best to enable their child’s early learning.
Resources & tools
Parents need access to affordable resources and tools that make it easy for them to have daily brain-building interactions with their child.
- They also need to know that there are many free resources available to them in their everyday environments that can be used in early learning activities.