Early Learning

Early Learning – Learning Lifeskills Begins at Birth

From the moment a baby is born (we’ll say, for this example, it’s a baby girl), she begins to learn. Her earliest experiences affect how her brain will work, whether she’ll be able to form trusting relationships and how she’ll respond to stress.

According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, billions of connections between individual neurons in the brain create the foundation for future learning for each individual child.

This formation of a child’s “brain architecture” helps determine her Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI).

Researchers who study the social and cognitive development of children agree that children with strong social and emotional intelligence

  • Are easier to teach,
  • Tend to do better in school, in the workplace and in all relationships,
  • Have stronger social skills and fewer disciplinary problems,
  • Tend to make better choices in social situations and in business.

The Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation (SELF) strongly believes social and emotional intelligence is critical to all children regardless of their race or socio-economic status. It is the foundation of our society and SELF is dedicated to identifying and supporting resources that foster social and emotional intelligence in young children beginning at birth.

The Santoro Lifeskills Foundation would like to see government funding invested into our most precious asset – our children.

And with this funding, Early Learning centers servicing children from infant to five years of age, could have universal access to this social and emotional education.

In addition to our middle/high school program, Alive2Thrive, we also encourage you to explore the resources offered by Mind In The Making.

To learn more about the importance of early learning and how it shapes our philosophy and SELF, please watch our video (Coming Soon).