KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Studies have shown that 90 percent of the brain’s development happens by the age of 5 years old.

Due to early absorption and character development, a child’s environment, both inside their home and out, matters.

United Way of Greater Knoxville is kicking off its Bright Steps Activity Packs which will give parents/caregivers a look into how they are ensuring support for families with young children.

They do this by working with community partners to expand high-quality learning environments for children 5 and under the outside of the home. United Way of Greater Knoxville also supports families by increasing their access to resources and improving access to physical and mental health development.

With sensory-friendly games and resources, you can ensure your child is developing basic motor skills, speech, and emotions at a young age. By the age of five years old, children can understand colors, shapes, sizes, noises, touch, and more.

“The foundation for lifelong learning and success starts in early childhood,” says Early Child Care coordinator, Kyle Pickell.

Visit their website to learn more about their Bright Steps campaign.