We believe it is critical to close the gap between what experts know about the science of early childhood and what the public understands and ultimately does about it. From birth to three years, a child’s brain is literally building itself from the ground up, setting the course for the child’s learning, behavior, health and life path.

Vermont Birth to Five  recognizes the awesome responsibility we place in the hands of child care providers every day to interact positively with children in stable and stimulating environments. We want to fuel that daily effort towards an even loftier goal to help create a sturdy foundation for later school achievement, economic productivity, and responsible citizenship of as many Vermont children as possible.

We encourage you to take time to learn about the true impact of the people and the environment which influence the growth of our children every day and ask yourself, “Are they thriving?”

What Does the Research Tell Us?

Five Numbers to Remember About Early Child Development (video and PDF file)

Three Core Concepts In Early Development (videos)

  1. Experiences Build Brain Architecture

  2. Serve & Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry

  3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation (a documentary series)

Leading Experts in the Field of Early Child Development:

Board on Children, Youth and Families – a non-governmental, scientific body within the National Academy of Sci­ences

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University and the Center’s YouTube Channel

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs