Core Concepts

•   Infant physical development is easier for a caregiver to see,
understand and respond appropriately

•   Observing infant development builds attachment of the caregiver
to the child and can influence lifelong relationship

•   Providing early sensory experiences allows infant to better meet or
exceed important  developmental milestones

•   Parents are more likely to change their behavior if they have the correct
tools/toys and are shown how to use them and why it is important.

•   Early appropriate development can reduce needs for intervention in later years

Program Design

•   7-10 Caregivers meeting one time per week without  sibling distraction
•   Gifts given each week  to caregivers for  use with their babies
•   Caregivers agree to come every week  and try each new activity between classes

Lesson One
•   Learning begins at birth
•   Neurons <> Synapses
Potential to learn <> Sensory Experiences
•   Caregiver provides experiences to ‘teach’ baby’s brain and affect later life learning
•   Tummy Time is an important way to provide experience

Lesson Two- Tummy Time
•   Strengthens neck and core
•   Provides opportunities for ‘teaching’ infants through providing sensory experience
•   Builds attachment between caregiver and baby
•   Back to Sleep/ Belly to Play

Lesson Three- Touching, Closeness and Attachment
•   Skin is how babies take in important information about their world
•   Massage builds attachment between caregiver and infant
•   Wearing a child in a carrier builds attachment with the caregiver

Lesson Four- Cause and Effect and Movement
•   The child needs to experiment with new experiences to grow the brain
•   Causing something to react teaches and empowers infants through learning
•   Babies need to move through crawling, pulling up and cruising to grow their brains

Role of the Facility Staff
•   Support the new information through modeling and teaching
•   Build self esteem in caregivers by noticing changes and improvements in parenting strategies
•   Understand the difficulties that exist for the caregivers and acknowledge their efforts