The Basics, Inc. grew out of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in partnership with the Black Philanthropy Fund in Boston. The mission is to bolster brain development for social, emotional, and cognitive skill building among children birth to age 3, as a foundation for school readiness across whole communities. The Basics Bartow aims to equip families, caregivers, social service agencies, child-care centers, health care providers, resource centers, literacy partners and other local community partners with the simple, yet powerful message of The Basics.
The Basics approach is grounded in the latest research in early childhood learning, brain development, behavioral science, and community change. There are five science-based parenting and caregiving principles that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children from birth to age three. These principles are simple enough to commit to memory for regular use and every child, from every background, can benefit from engaging in The Basics learning experiences. Daily interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life and school readiness.
Using social media, local events, community gatherings, toolkits, and one-on-one relationships, we work to equip community partners with the resources needed to incorporate The Basics with services already offered to the families they serve.
80% of brain growth happens by the age of three! The Basics Principles are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-3 grow to be happy and smart.