UGA Extension offers information and programs for professionals, parents and other caregivers on the developmental needs of, and healthy strategies to care for, infants, toddlers and young children.


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Popular Publications
  • Building Baby's Brain Series: 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.
  • Building Baby's Brain Series: 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.
  • Building Baby's Brain Series: 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.
  • Building Baby's Brain Series: 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.
  • Building Baby's Brain Series: 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.
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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

Child Care Quality Matters An interactive resource for parents looking for child care. The site answers some key questions about high-quality child care, and includes an interactive guide to help you find the types of child care programs that best meet your family's needs.

Early Childhood Development and Child Care Family and Consumer Sciences' Extension information related to early childhood development and childcare.

CAES Hot Topics: Health and Nutrition A collection of reports and news stories related to children's health.

Impact Statements: Childhood Development Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to childhood development.

Impact Statements: Adolescent Development Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to adolescent development.

Teen Development Family and Consumer Sciences' Extension information related to youth and adolescent development.

UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Learn more about the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia.

External sites

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Bright from the Start administers the nationally recognized Georgia Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.

Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies A non-profit membership organization composed of six regional Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) serving the state of Georgia.

Georgia Association on Young Children Encourages and supports healthy development in young children by working with others to increase public awareness of the importance of early childhood education, and to improve the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators.

National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC and its members are a leading voice for early childhood education to Congress and other federal entities, governors and state legislatures, state and local agencies, and other policy makers throughout the country.

National Head Start Association An organization advocating for early education for vulnerable children and families.

Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network Practical, research-based information about children and families from U.S. universities.

Georgia Family Connection Partnership An organization sharing research and information about building strong families.


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  • Traveling Kitchen Rockdale County Extension agent teaches good nutrition, cooks healthy meals in mobile kitchen. Published: 07/13/17
  • After-school Snacks A little prep work can help kids make better after-school snack choices. Published: 07/13/17
  • On-the-go Snacks Healthy on-the-go snacks keep family nutrition on track. Published: 07/13/17
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