Resources

Welcome to our resources section, especially made for parents, caregivers, educators, ECD practitioners and legislators.  Below you will find free shareable videos, articles and links to other resources provided by Brain Matters and leading programs and organizations.

Brain Science

Why the Baby Brain matters

Why the Baby Brain matters

Parenting is considered one of the most difficult jobs in the world, but there’s no formal education available on how to parent successfully. There are many ways parents can stimulate their babies’ brains and use day-to-day events as exceptional learning...

What is Early Childhood Development?

What is Early Childhood Development?

Healthy development in the early years (particularly birth to three) provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. What...

What is Early Childhood Development?

How Children’s Experiences Affect Their Genes

New scientific research shows that environmental influences can actually affect whether and how genes are expressed. In fact, scientists have discovered that early experiences can determine how genes are turned on and off and even whether some are expressed at all....

Nurturing Relationships

What is Early Childhood Development?

5 Steps for Brain Building Serve-and-Return

Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps...

What is Early Childhood Development?

Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for Practitioners

We all need a set of core life skills (or, adult capabilities) to manage work, family, and relationships successfully. These skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility. No one is born with these skills, but we can all learn them over...

What is Early Childhood Development?

How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute...

Take home Friday Tips

Take home Friday Tips

Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute...

Vroom

Vroom

Over 1,000 free activities! Boost your child's learning with fast and fun tips. Give your child a great start in life today—and an even better future. Vroom tips add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime!

Language Stimulation

Language research

Language research

Words are the building blocks of language, and language is one of the key behaviors that distinguishes us from animals. We know a great deal about when children say their first words. We know much less about how they learn these words. In the last 20 years, advances...

Intentional Play

Why the Baby Brain matters

Music and the Baby Brain

Did you know that music makes you smarter, more productive and happier? Just listening to music has many benefits but playing an instrument can actually change the way children’s brains are wired and protect them from depression and toxic stress. An increasing number...

Language research

Play Research

Preschool children learn through play. The history of developmental psychology attests to this message. Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotional regulation and peer cooperation. Despite overwhelming...

Language research

Learning Landscapes

At the intersection of the global cities movement and the movement to optimize early education in and out of school, lies Playful Learning Landscapes.  Twenty-first Century Learning models will need to embrace a breadth of skills that allow children to succeed in a...

Proper Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Good nutrition is not just about strong bodies – it’s also about strong minds. During the first two years, up to 75% of each meal goes to building your baby’s brain. As your baby grows, so do his nutritional needs. Here’s what to know.

Lifelong Skills

Take home Friday Tips

Skill Building

Mind in the Making (MITM) at BFF is culling through the behavioral issues that pediatricians hear most frequently from families during well-child visits. The questions have come from reviewing Bright Futures (the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Guideline for Health...

What is Early Childhood Development?

What is Executive Function?

As essential as they are, we aren’t born with the skills that enable us to control impulses, make plans, and stay focused. We are born with the potential to develop these capacities—or not—depending on our experiences during infancy, throughout childhood, and into...

Economics of ECD

What is Early Childhood Development?

From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts

Experiences in the earliest years of life form the foundation of brain architecture, for better or for worse. Learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan are all built on that foundation. We know today’s best programs and practices can help support child...

Food and Nutrition

Call to Action

The evidence is clear: Early childhood development must be a global and national priority. Governments already have pledged to achieve the early childhood development targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But they need to back up this pledge with action...

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