Home Module 004 - School Readiness Begins in Infancy: Building Foundations for Learning

Module Overview

School Readiness Begins in Infancy: Building Foundations for Learning

Length: 1 – 1.5 hours
ETO: Relationships among Family, School and Community

Home visitors need to understand how early experiences affect brain development. They also need to be aware of the impact of social interactions during the first two years of life as it relates to future learning and school readiness. This session explores how early experiences are built into children’s bodies and brains, and explains the impact of developing skills, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life.

One of the most essential experiences in shaping the developing brain is found in the relationships formed between children and significant adults that care for them in the early years as this process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain. Without caring adults to cushion stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or other factors that can derail healthy development, infants and toddlers face long-term consequences in learning, behavior, and health. This session will enhance a home visitor’s understanding of current research on early childhood development and its application as it relates to school readiness.

Objectives

By the end of this training Home Visitors will be able to:
•Examine how early experiences affect brain development.
•Examine the impact of social interactions during the first two years of life on future learning
•Identify factors that can derail healthy development
•Explore keys to healthy development and school readiness for infants and toddlers


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