The first few years of a child’s life are essential for their future health and development. One of the key reasons is the rapid growth of the brain, which begins before birth and continues through early life. Even while the brain develops and changes throughout adulthood, the first eight years can build the foundation for future learning, health, and success. Children are born with the ability to learn and have a wide range of talents to master during their lives. Kids look up to their parents, grandparents and other family members as their first teachers to gain the skills they will need to become self-sufficient and live healthy, wealthy lives.