Sandra Aamodt, PhD, the coauthor of the book Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
and the former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience
, along with researchers from the renowned childhood development program
at Harvard University, affirm that Child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society
" The basic architecture of the brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood.
Early experiences affect the quality of that architecture by establishing either a sturdy or a fragile foundation for all of the learning,
health and behavior that follow. In the first few years of life, more than one million new neural connections are formed every second.
After this period of rapid proliferation, connections are reduced through a process called pruning,
so that brain circuits become more efficient."Center of Developing Child
, Harvard University