Decades of scientific research have confirmed the importance of brain development during the first years of life. The connections between nerve cells in the brain (called synapses) are forming more rapidly than they ever will again. These connections create the basic architecture for vision, hearing, language, emotions and lifelong learning.

Early experiences have powerful effects on brain development. Stimulating environments and nurturing caregivers strengthen the brain architecture of young children. Impoverished environments and lack of nurturing place children at risk for developmental problems.

© 2014 West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force