Research tells us that early childhood is a critical period of brain development. Babies are born learning. They are wired to seek attachment to responsive, caring adults. Caregivers’ everyday interactions with their children play a critical role in supporting healthy brain development, creating a foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Positive caregiver-child interactions also boost protective factors that are proven to reduce the likelihood of neglect and abuse.
This research informs Washington’s Essentials for Childhood Initiative, a cross-sector partnership working toward the vision that all children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. One strategy we are deploying is engaging partners and providing training and technical assistance with Vroom. Vroom takes brain science out of the lab and puts it into the hands of parents and caregivers of children birth through age 5. It empowers them to see what they are already doing to support their child’s brain development and encourages more. It turns shared, everyday moments into brain building moments, offering tips that are fun, easy, and promote bonding. And it explains the science behind every activity.
Vroom fits in a wide range of programs and settings, including but not limited to social services, community settings like libraries and museums, play and learn, parent education, health services, and more. Vroom can help you support the families you work with, be a tool for engaging families and build common language & connection across systems.