About the Ossining Basics!

  • The Ossining Basics is based on The Boston Basics, a set of five easy and nurturing practices that stimulate brain growth in children from birth to age 3.
  • These practices help parents and caregivers of young children thrive cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally, and enter school ready to learn.
  • The Ossining Basics Campaign is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life.
  • During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. This does not need to be!
  • Everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life.
  • The Ossining Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three.
  • Every parent, family member or caregiver can use and share these principles.
  • Every child from every background can benefit.

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