AAP Strategic Plan: Early Brain and Child Development Priority Initiative
One of the three top priorities for the next several years as decided by our national AAP leadership is early brain and child development, or EBCD. Why? Recent scientific advances are driving a paradigm shift in the understanding of how child development impacts human health and disease across a lifespan.
The 5 Rs of early literacy proactively build the critical social-emotional-language skills that promote brain development. Encouraging parents to engage in the following activities with their children will help build these skills and will alleviate or minimize the stressors that can derail healthy development and effect life course outcomes:
- Read together every day with your child (your practice can participate in Reach Out and Read and provide books to families)
- Rhyme, play and cuddle with your child every day
- Develop Routines, particularly around meals, sleep, and family fun
- Reward your child with praise for successes to build self-esteem and promote positive behavior
- Develop a strong and nurturing Relationship with your child as the foundation for their healthy development
Here in Idaho, through a recent grant, we are working in close collaboration with such Early Childhood Systems as child care centers, the Early Childhood Coordinating Council, Head Start and the Home Visiting federal programs grant (MIECHV). Together we will attempt to promote the AAPs message of urgency in the role we all play in building brains and creating hopeful futures for children.
Noreen Womack, MD FAAP
Idaho Chapter Child Care Contact
- Early Reading Proficiency in the United States (website)
Children who are proficient readers by the end of third grade are more likely to graduate from high school and to be economically successful in adulthood.