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Introduction and Overview

A child's beginning represents the foundation upon which a happy life is established. A child's beginning serves as the birthplace upon which a healthy civilization is built. Good beginnings beget good journeys. Parents, grandparents and other adults play the most critical role in the type of beginning children experience.

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In this process, important questions arise for parents and care providers to consider. How important are the early years of a child's life? Why? What is a parent's role? How do you understand and enhance a young child's growth and development? These and other questions are central to discovering how to help children have a good beginning, a happy beginning, a bright beginning.

Encouraged by ground-breaking research on the importance of young children's development, this curriculum focuses on key aspects of a child's growth and development. It also describes practical approaches for parents and other adults to understand and enhance such growth and development. The past three decades have seen a transformation in our scientific understanding of the significance of a child's early years. Research into brain development, parent-child attachment, prenatal health, social development, children and play, and other topics has resulted in an explosion of knowledge about the absolute need to help young children have a good beginning in life.

The Bright Beginnings curriculum includes the following:

  • 10 Lesson Modules, including presenter's guide, lesson outline, lesson evaluation, reference list, resource page, participant handouts, and lesson overheads
  • Ideas on how to use the curriculum
  • Tips on teaching the curriculum
  • Evaluation tools

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