Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

AFWI is an excellent resource for information about how healthy brain development can be built. There are many articles, videos and links to information about how to promote healthy brain development and how communities can work together to facilitate healthy development of all children. As this excerpt from the websites says: "LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT: Nurturing environments, particularly from pre-natal to six years of age, are essential for healthy brain development. The basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood. Like the construction of a home, the building process begins with laying the foundation, framing the rooms, and wiring the electrical system in a predictable sequence. Early experiences literally shape how the brain is built; a strong foundation in the early years increases the probability of positive outcomes, while a weak foundation increases the odds of later difficulties."

You will find a link to a short animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences:

A link is also available to Apple Magazine which features cover to cover resources and information on early brain and biological development, children's mental health, and the development and prevention of addiction: