Brain Building? In Progress?

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Brain Building? In Progress?

(Blog Post from May 1, 2019) by Mary Jane Estrada-Lyder

So, in creating this website, my husband came across a bunch of very interesting and fun sites promoting learning and enriching opportunities for kids and parents.  One site in particular, was a site called Brain Building in Progress.  This site was launched in 2010, which I found amazing because I had no idea it even existed.  I'm wondering how many parents who stumble across this site are thinking the same thing. This is what we are talking about here. As we do our research and learn about new opportunities and events and products, we're thinking,"We have to share this!" This website is amazing,, and chock full of child-friendly goodness :)

Brain Building in Progress was launched as a joint initiative of the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. It is a statewide campaign in Massachusetts to raise public awareness and involvement in young children's healthy development and early learning. The content is based on current science and research on early childhood development. Their mission is to raise awareness of the crucial importance of fostering the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children by emphasizing its future impact on the economic prosperity of everyone in Massachusetts.  We could not agree more with this mission!  I/we encourage you to take a look at this site and take advantage of what it has to offer!!  I think we're so lucky here in Massachusetts to have campaigns for our kids, our future, such as this. 

What I thought was neat is that they have a section on the site called, "Brain Building Zones," which kind of reminds me of Bob the Builder and the Building Zone section at the Boston's Children's Museum, which my boys absolutely LOVED!  So, this section shows you the many very cool and different places in Massachusetts that offer fun and engaging environments, enriching learning opportunities that also connect you to the amazing supportive communities within a 50 mile radius of Boston.  Check it out! 
Here are a few of the Brain Building Zones we found in our search:

ACCEPT Education Collaborative


    • 508-655-2557
    • 179 Boden Lane
    • Natick, MA 01760

Alewife Brook Reservation


    • Communities Served: Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville
    • Cambridge, Arlington, Somerville, MA 02140


Appalachian Trail

Western Region-wide, MA


Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University


    • (617) 524 - 1718
    • 125 Arborway
    • Boston, MA 02130

Beaman Memorial Public Library


    • (508) 835 - 3711
    • 8 Newton St
    • West Boylston, MA 01583

Beaver Brook Reservation


    • Mill Street
    • Belmont, MA 00000


Belle Isle Marsh Reservation


    • Bennington Street
    • East Boston, MA



Boston Children’s Museum


    • (617) 426 - 6500
    • 308 Congress St
    • Boston, MA 02210

Boston Harbor Islands


    • Boston Harbor Islands, MA


Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary


    • (617) 983 - 8500
    • 500 Walk Hill St
    • Mattapan, MA 02126