Brain Development

FFYF Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day -

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and FFYF proudly celebrates this important reminder from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prioritize mental health initiatives that promote children’s healthy development from the start. Beginning at birth, a child’s social-emotional development significantly impacts their subsequent development and learning, including their capacity to withstand instances of stress and do well in school. Long before children learn to … Read More

How Early Learning Can Help Young Children Overcome Trauma -

Research shows us that the first five years of life are critical for brain development. Unfortunately, half of all children in the United States, approximately 35 million, have experienced one more types of trauma, and young children are especially at risk. A new report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty outlines promising strategies for child care and preschool programs to help young children who have … Read More

New Research Shows Significantly More Neural Connections Formed During Early Years Than Previously Thought -

The early years matter. In fact, just last week the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child released new research showing that significantly more neural connections are made in the brain during the early years of life than previously thought. The Center’s Dr. Jack Shonkoff and his team had previously found that the brain makes 700-1000 new neural connections per second in the first few years of life. However, the … Read More

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Early Childhood Education Is Key to Ending Generational Cycle of Poverty -

A new study released by the Federal Reserve shows that children who grew up in poverty are two times as likely to struggle financially later in life. Fed Chair Janet Yellen spoke to a conference on community development today, where she says that providing children with the opportunity to learn important skills earlier is essential to ending this generational cycle of poverty. “This research underscores the value of starting young … Read More

Secretary Colin Powell: We Need Preschool, We Need Head Start -

Colin Powell is an iconic American statesman who has served Democratic and Republican administrations in the highest military and diplomatic posts. The history-making former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State also knows that a child’s education begins long before he or she sets foot inside a kindergarten classroom. In a 2012 TED Talk, Secretary Powell makes the case for the need to support young children … Read More