The relationship between brain development and early childhood (Part 1)

Does early brain development affect child development?


The science of early brain development can provide vital information to early childhood investment. These basic concepts have been established by neuroscience and behavioral researchers for decades that help to explain why children’s development, especially from birth to five years, is the foundation of a wealthy and sustainable society.

Genes and environment interact throughout brain development that genes determine neurons, connections among major brain regions, while environment and experience refine the connections, enhancing some connections while eliminating others.



Early brain development affects childhood development in different important areas including physical, emotional and behavioral:

  • Motor skills
  • Cognition
  • Self-control or self-regulation
  • Language or communication
  • Learning
  • Social-Emotional function

It seems the impact is wide-ranged and comprehensive.

If you would like to know how the impact occurs, you should first understand the brain structure and development.