Rhythm, Regulation and ACEs

We have good news and bad news here in Shasta County. The bad news first: we have much higher ACE scores than the rest of our state. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as stressful or traumatic events that can … Continue reading

ACEs and Brain Architecture

A healthy newborn brain is about one-quarter the size of an adult brain, but it comes packed with the pieces and parts required for phenomenal development, especially from birth to age 3. An average baby’s brain triples in size during … Continue reading

WOYC Fun With Your Little One

It’s the second-most wonderful time of the year! A certain tune has claimed Christmas as the most wonderful, so we’re happy to claim second-most for Shasta County’s Week of the Young Child (WOYC). This celebration of young children takes place … Continue reading

Visual and Performing Arts and Active Learning

Children are active learners who thrive when given opportunities and challenges, so art experiences for children are more about the process than the product. We often think of performing arts with children having to take place on a stage. But, … Continue reading

Serious Science: Play!

“Babies learn through their five senses rather than an academic style of learning. That’s why talking, reading, singing, tummy time, grabbing books and toys, and knocking over that pile of blocks is optimal for development. It’s all part of the … Continue reading