Children start developing listening skills at birth. Your baby begins to hear sounds, they are startled by loud noises and they begin to recognize familiar voices. Soon afterwards, they start to understand language and can speak and participate in conversations. You can help your child build and develop these skills.
Many factors can determine whether kids have a solid foundation or one that will crumble when they are challenged with tough decisions. Developing the strengths of our children is as important as the quality of the tools we use to accomplish the task. The Search Institute has identified the 40 Developmental Assets®, a proven tool, resulting from years of research, conducted with millions of children across the country. The Assets are the experiences, qualities and relationships (spread across eight broad categories) young people need to grow up healthy, competent, principled and prepared for success.
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Assets are building blocks for healthy development. They have the power to promote success and help to prevent problematic behaviors. Research shows that the more assets our children have, the more likely they are to do well in school and to help others. They are also less likely to use drugs and alcohol and engage in problem behaviors like violence and gambling. Parents who intentionally build assets in their children prepare them to make positive choices when they are faced with tough decisions.
All children need assets! As key asset builders, parents can ensure that children have the experiences, training and relationships that prepare them for healthy and successful lifestyles. Asset-building is an ongoing process which begins when a child is born and continues through their teen years and beyond. For a list of the 40 Developmental Assets® and great examples of how parents can build assets with children of all ages, visit the Search Institute’s webpage.
: Bringing together City, Schools, and the Community for
a common mission.
GrowSmart’s mission is to promote and improve the
healthy development, school readiness, and reading
proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia
This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8.
The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can get involved.
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