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Brain Development

Early Brain Development

The first three years of a child’s life are more important for emotional and intellectual growth than previously thought. This is one significant finding of the new discoveries about brain development. The quality of early experiences influence the brain structure and a child’s development with lifetime impact.

During the first three years of life, the brain is forming connections that will determine a lifetime of skills and potential. Parents, early childhood teachers and caregivers, policymakers and employers all have a role to plan to insure that these early years are safe, and responsive and stimulating for young children’s optimal development.


Brain Development Annotated Bibliography is a list of selected titles available from the media center on the topic of brain development.


The following is a list of links to other sites which address the topic of brain development:

Brain Connection to Education contains a vast array of information on conferences, education and the brain, neuroscience, research, and more.

Brain Development, from the Neuroscience for Kids website at the University of Washington.

Brain Development. Zero to Three has created this site about how the brain develops, within the context of relationships, from conception through three years of age.

Brain Development: Frequently Asked Questions addresses prenatal, postnatal, and general questions on brain development.

BrainNet distributes or assists in the distribution of information related to the central nervous system and various neurological disorders. What makes this organization unique is that most of the information they distribute cannot be found on the Internet.

The BrainWeb and Brain Information. The Dana Foundation’s website provides information on brain diseases and disorders, and includes the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and organization of 170 pre-eminent neuroscientists.

Learning Windows and the Child’s Brain, is from Superkids Educational Software Review and the Parent’s and Teacher’s Guide to Software.


For additional information about brain development, or to request training on this topic, contact Emily Nash at or 402-557-6893.