Resources for FamiliesRaising a Reader: How to Share Books with Your Child (VIDEO)
This parent training video by Raising a Reader Massachusetts discusses the value of reading with your child and the benefits shared reading has on brain development and school readiness. There are also tips on turning book sharing into a fun experience for both you and your child!
Early Childhood Resource Centers have been set up at five libraries across the state. Browse the collection and have material delivered to your local library. All you need is a library card.
Learn and Grow Together file size 3MB
This resource guide helps parents understand the many stages of child development (from birth to 14 years) and includes suggestions for fun, low-cost family activities.
Also available: Español file size 3MB , Português file size 3MB
The, “Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers”, were developed with the focus on relationships between all significant people in the child’s world.
EEC has developed materials for parents which are inspired by “Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers”. They focus on five different areas of development and contain things you can do every day to positively impact your child’s brain development.
Using the Massachusetts common core standards, EEC has developed 5 additional learning guides that cover the pre-school years. They contain great ideas about things you can do to support your child’s learning.
Started in 2010 as a joint initiative of the Department of Early Education and Care and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Brain Building in Progress is a statewide campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of young children's healthy development to the future economic prosperity of the Commonwealth, and the important role everyone can play in building young children’s brains. Children's brain development in the first five years of their life significantly influences their ability to learn over their lifetime. Children develop strong brains when they are exposed to enriching environments with positive stimulation. The Brain Building in Progress campaign provides resources for the public to support children's healthy brain development. Visit the Brain Building in Progress campaign website to learn about the different ways you can engage with the Brain Building in Progress campaign, including:
- Be a Brain Builder! - activity guides for tips to help build a child’s brain, and a calendar of brain building events in your community.
- Be a Brain Building champion! – marketing resources to promote brain building in your community, such as holding a Brain Building event, turning your business into a Brain Building Zone, or submitting a Brain Building Letter to the Editor of your local paper.
- Visit a Brain Building Zone! - places to bring young children that provide an engaging and stimulating environment that supports brain development.
- Make any moment is a Brain Building moment! Our featured partnerships with the MBTA, Registry of Motor Vehicles and Vroom show you how!
Brain Building in ProgressSM and the Brain Building in ProgressSM logo are servicemarks of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Brain Building in ProgressSM word mark and logo may only be used with the express consent of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
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EEC, in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation, created Resources for Early Learning, a media-rich site of educational resources to help support adults who teach, nurture, and care for children from birth to age five. These resources were developed by a team of early childhood experts, educators, and parents. Resources for Early Learning contains activities for parents and early educators to engage in with young children, parenting education videos, WGBH-themed videos and interactive games for young children that focus on language and science concepts, curricula for early educators, and professional development for early educators. For more information visit the Resources for Early Learning website.
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