OBCARES is a prenatal educational program for expecting parents. It stands for Obstetricians Children and Reading Establishment Sessions and its goal is to provide information on the importance of reading, singing and talking to your baby from birth (More information for providers of services to parents and children can be found here). At your clinic visits, you will be given more information and also your baby’s first book.
Why is this important? 80% of brain development occurs before the age of 3. To strengthen brain connections and maximize learning, children should be READ to, TALKED to and SUNG to everyday starting as soon as you bring your baby home.
The number of words a child has heard and has learned by the age of 3 predicts school readiness. In other words, a child must be ready to start school to be most successful and that preparation begins at home, with you.