Town Square Research to Practice Statements offer information from theory and research with examples and suggestions for what it means in your work with children. This series of position statements includes topics such as the benefits of a home-like environment, the power of open-ended materials, and the benefits of incorporating the arts.
This tip sheet focuses on cultural considerations for providers working with immigrant or refugee families to better understand early experiences as they relate to brain development. It offers suggestions for beginning a conversation with families about supporting healthy brain development through experiences and relationships and perspectives that support a provider’s sensitive engagement with families.
The brain is developing at the most rapid rate during the early childhood years. As infants, toddlers, and young children experience new things, connections between neurons (synapses) are being formed. As experiences and patterns of behavior are repeated, the synapses are strengthened. For optimal brain development, positive patterns of behavior and exposure to sensory experiences are important.