To some extent, a baby’s brain is predictable. It builds basic circuits for simple skills first and builds more complex circuits for more complex skills later. These different skills come in at a predictable times. The timescale of when these skills and circuits are built is pretty much controlled by genetics, but how they’re built is controlled by experience.

The theme of connections is central to the Urban95 approach. There are connections between neurons within the brain, but it is really the connection between child and caregiver – and the presence of affection and nurture – that really consolidates and bonds these connections.

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