Project BrainHeart

Illustrated brain development research

What parents can do

Infant needs can be overwhelming. Although parents want the best for their children and try their hardest to meet their needs, sometimes lack of information or support result in a chronically impoverished relational environment for infants to develop in.

Understand infant needs

Parents, caregivers, educators, medical doctors, psychotherapists keep learning and adapting how we behave towards infants, what we prioritize, how we spend our time with them.


Seek support

  • The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center: The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center provides a Playroom where children play with trained staff and volunteers while parents attend counseling or take a break in the lounge. I spend a few hours every week at the Center, and have observed firsthand the wide spectrum of behaviors of children as young as two years old, and the extraordinary work of parents and staff collaborating to strengthen these infants’ skills.
  • Homeless Prenatal Program: Homeless Prenatal has been in operation in San Francisco for 25 years.
  • Child First: Child First operates in three States and is in the process of expanding nationally.

Quickly diagnose and treat special brains (autism, ADHD)

Autism and ADHD diagnoses are on the rise. “Autism is a social disability that develops so quickly it can become an intellectual disability” – according to The Economist. Recent research shows that early investment in infants’ emotional development can play a great part in enhancing these children’s wellbeing.


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