How Does Your Child Learn?

A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three — developing approximately 80% of the adult brain in this time frame. The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment.

Click on the links below to learn more about your child’s developing brain and how to best support healthy brain development.

Zero to Three: Early Connections Last a Lifetime

Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

Rocking and Rolling: It’s Never Just Play

Twenty-two-month-old Shane and 27-month-old Kara are playing nap time in the dramatic play area. As their caregiver Vivian watches, Kara tells Shane they are going to play nap time and asks him to get his blanket from his cubby. FIND OUT MORE.


Use the science of early learning to help your child succeed and thrive. Brain building with your child during their first 5 years gives them a strong base for lifelong learning. FIND OUT MORE.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country. FIND OUT MORE.

APA ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, developed by the APA Violence Prevention Office, teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. FIND OUT MORE.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Find research-based resources, tips and ideas for families—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more! FIND OUT MORE.

The Raising of America

The acclaimed five-part documentary series and companion tools illustrate how a strong start for all our kids can lead to better individual outcomes AND a healthier, safer, more prosperous and equitable America. FIND OUT MORE.