How Does Learning Happen (HDLH)

Children’s early experiences last a lifetime.

During our first years of life, the brain develops at an astounding rate. Scientists now know this process is not just genetic but is dramatically influenced by our early experiences with people and our surroundings.

While a child’s principal sources for supportive relationships and learning experiences are at home, many Ontario children also attend child care and child and family programs. Early years programs play an important role in supporting children’s learning, development, health, and well-being.

Evidence from diverse fields of study tells us that children grow in programs where adults are caring and responsive. Children succeed in programs that focus on active learning through exploration, play, and inquiry. Children thrive in programs where they and their families are valued as active participants and contributors.

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