The Chattanooga Basics: New Resource Boosts Brain Development

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Research has shown that 80 percent of brain development happens in the first three years of life. A child’s environment during these years has long-term impacts on their learning ability, decision-making, and other life skills. As a result, gaps emerge between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups. The good news is that simple day-to-day interactions and activities during the first three years can help ensure children receive a jumpstart at life, said officials.

Members of Chattanooga 2.0’s Early Childhood Coalition have launched the Chattanooga Basics in order to raise awareness and provide parents and caretakers with resources to level the playing field and give every child in the community a great start. 

The Chattanooga Basics are five evidence-based principles that can benefit children from all backgrounds, said officials. By combining forces with existing nonprofits and community leaders, Chattanooga Basics has the potential to increase the number of kids who enter kindergarten ready to learn. 

Help a child be ready to learn by trying the Basics in everyday life: 

1. Maximize love, manage stress. (ex. Hug children and tell them you are proud of them) 

2. Talk, sing and point. (ex. Point to objects as you say the name.) 

3. Count, group, compare. (ex. Use math words like more, less, big, short, tall, round, square.) 

4. Explore through movement and play. (ex. Allow children to run and climb every day.) 

5. Read and discuss stories. (ex. Read with children 20 minutes a day.) 

Learn more details about the Basics, watch videos, find example activities, and see a full
list of partnering organizations at www.ChattanoogaBasics.com. Follow Chattanooga Basics on
Facebook (@ChattanoogaBasics) and Twitter (@ChattBasics). Join the conversation using
#ChaBasics and #5toThrive.



VIDEO: New Hospice Care Center

A new Hospice Care Center has moved across from Erlanger Health System on 3rd Street. It will open  on Monday . (click for more)

State Representatives Gerald McCormick And Ron Travis To Serve On Wellness Caucus

State Representatives Gerald McCormick and Ron Travis announced Wednesday that they will serve on a Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.   The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams and Senator Bo Watson. It consists of 37 members from both the House ... (click for more)

Spring Creek Elementary Closed Monday And Tuesday Due To Fire In Boiler Room

There was a fire early Monday around  4 a.m.  in the boiler room at Spring Creek Elementary School causing the school to be closed Monday and Tuesday.    Damage from the fire was contained to the boiler room but the utilities to the building are also in the damaged boiler area which left the school without power, heat and other necessities to have ... (click for more)

Tony Williams, 26, Shot On Dodson Avenue Late Sunday Night

Tony Williams, 26, was shot late Sunday night on Dodson Avenue. Chattanooga Police responded at 11:50 p.m.,  to the 900 block of Dodson Avenue on a shooting.   Upon arrival, police located the victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. HCEMS responded and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim advised police that the ... (click for more)

Pollution For Profit?

Why should Chattanooga allow special interests to boost sediment pollution in our South Chickamauga Creek? To pad their profit margin and pass that cost on to city taxpayers? If your city council votes to reduce the storm water regulations – that is the result we can expect. Special interest homebuilders profit, but citizens pay.  More sediment pollution and paid for with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s ‘Shush’ Fund

Michael Reagan, the son of one of our nation’s greatest presidents, wrote a wonderful op-ed piece on Sunday that explained why he believes the women who have stepped forward to allege they were once abused by Judge Roy Moore. He wrote that when he, a political consultant, is asked why the women waited 40 years to bring up the charges, “I tell them I didn’t reveal my sexual abuse ... (click for more)