Brain Research

Where does your information on brain development come from?
Better Brains for Babies uses the most updated research on early brain development in our workshops, print information, and website. In 2012, BBB released the second edition of released a second edition of our in-depth Educator’s Guide, along with updated slides in both PowerPoint and Keynote formats. BBB educators use these resources to share brain development research with audiences across Georgia and in a few other states. Our project leaders scan current research reports for updated information on the brain. Highlights of recent research are posted to the BBB website at least monthly, and shared regularly on the BBB page on Facebook and Instagram. Our References page is updated regularly as new research is released.
Where can I go to find out more about the brain?
The BBB website has a wide variety of information on brain anatomy and development. The website is divided into the following information sections:
Brain Development provides basic information about the brain and how it develops. It also includes a breakdown of child development along a timeline.
Experience discusses the role of experience in brain development, including sensitive periods and negative experiences.
Our sections on Physical Well-Being, Attachment, Play, Consistency, and Stress explain how adults can help support brain development.
If you have explored our site and are still seeking more information, check out our Media tab to learn more.

Better Brains for Babies Brochures

Where can I get more print copies of the developmental milestones poster?
To order copies of the Better Brains for Babies brochure, fill out the order form and return it via fax, mail, or email.
Is the BBB brochure available in languages other than English?
A Spanish translation of the brochure is also available in print.

Better Brains for Babies Educators

How do I find a Better Brains for Babies educator who will teach my group about brain development?
Go to Invite an Educator. BBB has almost 200 educators from many different organizations who have successfully completed the two-day train-the-educator workshop, and are ready to teach your group or organization about early brain development. We also have 9 educators who can teach the BBB workshop in Spanish. You can search for a educator by last name, organization, or county.
What if I can’t find a educator in my city or county?
Try broadening your search. Many educators are willing to travel to different areas of the Georgia. Educators from many organizations cover several counties and may work in your area. If you searched for a city, search for the county instead. If you searched for a county, try a region to find educators who are willing to offer training in your area of the state. Click here to see a map of the regions.
If you don’t find a educator after searching by region, click on “view all” to see all educators’ records, or “view Spanish educators” to see records of educators who offer training in Spanish. The “where” field will show you where each educator is willing to travel. If you still can’t find an educator, feel free to Contact Us.
How are your regions defined?
Our educators specify the region or regions where they are willing to train using the Georgia child care resource and referral agency map. Click here to see the regions.
How much will educators charge for a workshop?
BBB educators are committed to sharing brain development information, and many educators provide training free of charge or for a low cost. Better Brains for Babies does not set specific educator fees, but some educators may charge fair and reasonable rates to cover their time and travel. Check with individual educators for their rates.
How can I become a Better Brains for Babies educator?
Our educators are professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher, experience providing training and education, and opportunities to share the Better Brains for Babies message with groups in Georgia and Tennessee. All educators are required to complete a two-day Better Brains for Babies train-the-educator workshop, and commit to provide at least one training a year. Applications from potential educators are accepted beginning about 6 weeks in advance of each train-the-educator workshop. Go to Become an Educator for more information.
Is Better Brains for Babies training available in Spanish?
Yes! If you are searching for a bilingual educator, go to Invite an Educator and click on “view Spanish educators.”
We have translated the Educator’s Guide and slides into Spanish, and will be including bilingual educators who speak both Spanish and English in some future train-the-educator workshops. We are interested in having more bilingual educators participate, in order to build a core group who can offer BBB trainings in Spanish. If you know of a qualified bilingual educator, please encourage him or her to apply to be a BBB educator on the Become an Educator page.

The Better Brains for Babies Initiative

How did Better Brains for Babies get started?
In 1998, fourteen public and private Georgia organizations with interest in supporting the state’s efforts to improve child outcomes formed a team to guide the Better Brains for Babies initiative. Since 1998, four different versions of the BBB educator’s guide have been released, and thousands of Georgians have participated in a training workshop led by a BBB educator. For more information on the initiative, go to our History Page.
Who leads the Better Brains for Babies initiative?
The BBB initiative is co-led by The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Sheltering Arms Child Development and Family Centers, with funding from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families. The leadership team includes individuals and representatives of public and private organizations in Georgia with a professional interest in spreading the word about early brain development. Our Partners page describes our partners and provides links to their individual websites.