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Extension News
Mosquito Season link Mosquitos are on the move across Georgia. By Merritt Melancon | Published: 8/9/2018
Master 4-H'ers link Fifty Georgia 4-H members are now headed to national competition. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 8/9/2018
Creepy Crawlers link Worm-like, multi-leg critters come out at night and hunt for cockroaches. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney | Published: 8/9/2018
SNAP Website link Redesigned website makes it easier for SNAP-Ed clients to eat healthier. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers | Published: 8/2/2018
SNAP-Ed link Under proposed 2018 farm bill, Cooperative Extension assumes lead role implementing SNAP-Ed. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers, Merritt Melancon | Published: 7/26/2018
Healthier Georgians link UGA Extension programs teach Georgians to eat healthy meals and get health check-ups. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers, Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Clint Thompson | Published: 7/27/2018
Eating Insects Athens link Athens-based conference explores insect agriculture. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers, Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Clint Thompson, Cole Sosebee | Published: 7/10/2018
Radon Poster Contest link UGA Extension invites Georgia students to help spread the word about radon. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers, Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Clint Thompson, Cole Sosebee, Christina Conner | Published: 7/4/2018
Outdoor Safety link Once lost in the woods himself, UGA forestry professor spreads the word about outdoor safety. By Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Michael Abney, Austin Childers, Merritt Melancon, Sharon Dowdy, Clint Thompson, Cole Sosebee, Christina Conner, Sandi Martin | Published: 7/2/2018
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Staff Listing
Carin Booth Family and Consumer Sciences County Extension Agent boothc@uga.edu 770-535-8293
Sandra Stringer Family and Consumer Sciences EFNEP Program Assistant stringer@uga.edu 770-535-8290
Extension Publications
  • The Role of Music (C 1053-06) Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music-related connections in the brain. Some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. Listening to classical music seems to improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills. Here is some information on how music affects our brains and ideas on how to help nurture children's love of music.
  • Prime Times for Learning (C 1053-02) Research in brain development shows there are certain windows of opportunity, known as sensitive periods, when certain parts of the brain develop most quickly. These windows are prime times for learning certain skills because the brain is ready to build networks of connections in response to what the five senses absorb. Here are some of those prime times, what to expect, and what you can do to improve brain development.
  • The Basics (C 1053-01) From the moment a baby is born, every experience taken in by the five senses helps strengthen the connections that guide development. No two brains are alike! Each child's brain creates individual pathways of connections based on specific experiences. Here are some general tips you can use to help wire the brain for success.
  • What Parents Can Do (C 1053-03) All parents want their children to be smart and successful. Researchers have found that a child's brain continues to develop long after birth. Parents can do many things to support their child's healthy brain development, beginning before birth and continuing until their child is an adult. This publication explains some of the things you can do to ensure healthy brain development for your child.
  • What Child Care Can Do (C 1053-04) Child care providers play an important role in nurturing children's healthy brain development. When it comes to supporting healthy brain development, the type of child care is less important than the quality of care a child receives. This publication will help you understand the components of quality child care and the effects of low-quality child care on brain development.
  • Learning Language (C 1053-05) If you're like most adults, learning a new language can be challenging. But the average baby learns a new language relatively easily. Babies learn language by hearing other people speak around them and by practicing making those sounds. Here is some information on how babies learn language and ways you can help your baby.
  • Buffering the Brain From Toxic Stress (C 1053-12) Children who live in unpredictable worlds, who do not have the opportunity to form a secure attachment with a caregiver, or who live in an unsafe physical environment live in a constant state of heightened stress. This severe, chronic stress can have profound and long-lasting negative effects on brain development. Buffering children from toxic stress and helping reduce that stress to more tolerable levels are important ways adults can support early brain development. This publication explains what stress is and gives ways to can help young children deal with stress in a healthy way.
  • Is Breast Milk Best? (C 1053-07) Deciding how to feed your baby is one of the most important decisions expectant parents make during pregnancy. The first year of your baby's life is a time of rapid growth. By making sure your baby gets the nourishment he needs, he'll be able to develop to his fullest potential. This publication address questions you may have regarding breast- vs. bottle-feeding and what you can to do enhance your baby's brain development.
  • The Importance of Play (C 1053-10) Play is one of the most essential activities babies do. Through play, babies and young children have the opportunity to experience new things and practice existing skills, which strengthens networks of brain connections. This publication explains what babies learn while playing and what you can do to help build brain connections through play.
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