The BOSTON BASICS are five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life.

80% of brain development happens during the first three years of life. Let’s seize the opportunity!

1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress

2. Talk, Sing, and Point

3. Count, Group, and Compare

4. Explore through Movement and Play

5. Read and Discuss Stories

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The Boston Basics Campaign is a citywide coalition of organizations and individuals working to make sure that every child gets a great start in life. The founding partners are the Black Philanthropy Fund, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, the Boston Mayor’s Education Cabinet, and WGBH Public Broadcasting.