Communities Across the State Promote the Importance of “Brain Building”

PrintFor the fourth year in a row, Massachusetts is celebrating “Brain Building in Progress” week to promote the importance of quality environments and experiences in young children’s learning and development.  For one week every year, parents, business leaders, educators, and leaders from over 80 communities host special events both during the official celebration week from April 12th – 19th, as well as throughout the month of April, to help build young minds and a more prosperous future for everyone in Massachusetts.   

Since 2012, Brain Building in Progress Week has grown to include hundreds of participants in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Past events have ranged from literacy fairs and business roundtables to visits to legislators. “Brain Building in Progress Week” celebrates the statewide campaign led by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and United Way to bring together local partners around the importance of enriching and engaging environments that offer learning opportunities for young children. Brain Building in Progress Week also occurs during the national Week of the Young Child. More on this year’s events, happening in communities like Lawrence, Westwood and Boston, can be found here.

 “It is so important for young children to be exposed to enriching environments because these support the healthy development of their brains, and brain building provides children with a solid foundation for learning and future academic success,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber.  “Our family and community engagement networks are important partners in communicating and teaching about brain building, especially ways that parents can be brain builders at home or anywhere.”

Are you a local business or community-based organization looking to support young children in your community? Check out #IamABrainBuilder on Twitter or see where our Brain Building in Progress Week events are happening and stop by to learn more.