The Issue

The foundations of our brains are established in early childhood. However, the connections and pathways within them evolve over the course of our lifetimes, depending on experience. In order to have healthy outcomes in our adult lives, it is important that, as children, we have the necessary support that we need. As the following video states, "positive interactions between young children and their caregivers literally build the architecture of the developing brain." Without these connections to buffer us in times of stress, we do not fully develop our abilities to cope and to thrive - this lack of development can lead to mental, emotional, and behavioral issues. Healthy connections help us to build resilience, which ultimately leads to more wholesome futures.