Many of us ignore or take for granted the importance of early education in a child’s life. This is a big mistake, and an organization in New Bedford is doing everything to let young families in our area know about it.

The Basics, Southcoast and partners provide information for families on building an educational foundation for their young children.

Jose Santos Cardova, program implementer, joined town square sunday this week. He said the program really started in 2017 when officials at Northstar Learning Centers began discussions about early childhood education.

What followed was the creation of the Southcoast Coalition for Early Childhood Education and the Basics Program itself, developed by Harvard professors.

As Cardova explained, the basics are designed to give infants an early start in learning.

“Scientifically, we know that 80% of a child’s brain is developed before the age of three, and following these steps will ensure that all parts of the brain will be developed and not disappear,” he said.

For parents, this means maximizing love and managing stress with their young child, talking, singing and pointing, counting, grouping and comparing, exploring through movement and play, reading and discussing stories.

Cordova said its partners are also doing great work, such as Southcoast Health, which provides parents of every newborn with information about the basics. He added that local business owners are now inviting Basics staff into their buildings to provide information to their workers, and that Basics information is now available to parents via text messaging.

the town square sunday interview with Jose Santos Cardova is available here:

town square sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard Sunday mornings at 6 and 11 a.m. on 1420 WBSM and 99.5 FM.

The program shines a light on individuals and organizations who seek to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live and work.

If you would like your organization to be listed on town square sundayplease email the host at [email protected]

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