The Basics are five evidence-based nurturing practices that encompass much of what experts find is important for children ages 0-3 to experience. During these early years, a child’s brain is growing at a rapid speed. Because 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years of a child’s life, learning actually begins at birth. Building a strong foundation for learning early on ensures that children can reach their full potential as they grow! Anyone who interacts with children can do The Basics; parents, caregivers, neighbors, and even organizations who serve families with young children can provide brain boosting experiences by doing The Basics. Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing the five Basics.