The Child Care Directors Associaton of Southwest Alberta 

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Child Growth and Development 

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

Building Cognitive, Emotional & Social Capacities

These three capacities develop largely in the frontal cortex of the brain. Their development is interdependent – one can't develop without the others – and dependent on interactions from caregivers.

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Through play, children become eager, capable learners. They know how to navigate their way through tough problems and social roadblocks, pursuing their own ideas to a successful conclusion.

The most important skills one needs for success in life are developed through play. Language and social skills, concentration, memory and adaptability in the face of change also contribute to a child's executive functioning. Research has shown positive executive functioning skills are the foundation upon which academic concepts can be successfully learned. Readiness for school, therefore, means much more than IQ or knowing letters and numbers.