Babies and toddlers who have lost their families need more than food and shelter. They need consistent loving attention from at least one person they can always count on.
During the early years, when the brain is developing at lightning speed, there is a unique window of opportunity for optimum social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Young children who do not form bonds, who are not nurtured, will likely fail to develop a strong sense of self or be motivated to learn.
Half the Sky-trained caregivers learn the art of “responsive care” – paying close attention to their small charges' needs and interests, even during the most routine activities of the day. By simply recognizing that even the tiniest child needs human interaction, caregivers help stimulate attachment, growth, curiosity, confidence and a child's sense of how s/he fits in the world.
More about our Half the Sky Infant Nurture Program