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1144 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 584-1441

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With the birth of my second grandchild (grand parenting has become one of the greatest joys of my life), I am reminded of the importance of the first 5-years of a child’s life in regards to cognitive and emotional development. Research is clear that the first 5-years in a child’s life is a critical time for brain development and has a profound impact on virtually all developmental milestones. Did you know?

- At birth, a child’s brain already has about all of the neurons it will ever have, which emphasizes the importance of prenatal care.
- A child’s brain doubles in size in the first year of life.
- A child’s brain reaches about 80% of its adult size by age 3.

New parents often wonder, what’s the best thing I can do for my child? New parents are also flooded with information. It is best to remember that the brain needs exercise and learning begins at birth. This is why First 5 California developed the “Talk, Read, Sing”, public awareness campaign. The focus of the campaign stresses the importance of taking every opportunity to talk, read or sing to your baby from the moment they’re born. Describe everything, count everything, sing songs, and read books. By doing this you are boosting your child’s early brain development and you are stacking the building blocks in their favor for future learning.

To learn of additional Resources click on Early Child Development Link (left side).

Tim Bowers
County Superintendent of Schools


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Hanford, CA 93230
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