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Diverse babies and parents

Ohio State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences offers Early Childhood Education programs in numerous counties throughout Ohio.

According to Groundwork Ohio's early childhood mental health:

"Brains are built on a foundation of early experiences.
In the first few years of life, more than one million neural connections are formed every second. These neural connections, the brain’s architecture, are formed through the interaction of baby and his or her environment through early enriching experiences. While genes provide a blueprint for brain architecture, neural connections must be formed through repeated use. All children are born with the ability to reach their highest potential, but connections that form early either form a strong or weak foundation for the connections that form later. These critical interactions with adults lay the foundation for all later learning, behavior, and health."

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