Links to Other Websites
The URLs listed below are resources that may help you learn more about early brain development and its implications for children, families, and society. Better Brains for Babies does not recommend or endorse any specific site. Be sure to review site content carefully before using or recommending any of the links below.
- Brain Development FAQs from Zero to Three
- Want to know more about how the brain changes during the early years? Zero to Three has answers to some of their most frequently asked questions about early brain development.
- BrainFacts.org is the public information site of the Society for Neuroscience. The site includes a variety of information about the brain and neuroscience, presented for lay audiences.
- Brain Insights
- Brain Insights is sharing information about early brain development through presentations, a brain development blog, and other resources.
- The Dana Foundation
- The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports and reports on brain research and advances public awareness of brain research.
- The Lieber Institute for Brain Development
- The Lieber Institute is a private medical research institution conducting research on the effects of genetics and environment on the developing brain. They are specifically interested in the neurodevelopmental origins of schizophrenia.
- Neuroscience Core Concepts
- Learn more about the fundamental principles of the brain and nervous system, thanks to the Society for Neuroscience.
- Neuroscience for Kids
- This site is a place to explore the brain and learn more about how it works. This site is a rich teaching and learning resource. It has clear explanations, a variety of activities, suggestions for further study and an extensive collection of Internet links. You can also sign up for an e-mail newsletter.
- New Horizons for Learning
- This site from Johns Hopkins University has a wealth of information about neuroscience and its application to education and learning. The “News from the Neurosciences” section includes a wide variety of articles on brain development.
- Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development
- The Network’s goal is to study the relationship between brain and behavioral development, to clarify the role of experience in brain development, and to enhance the understanding of how neurobiological development and behavioral development are linked. This site provides numerous references to scientific articles on brain development.
- Science Daily Mind and Brain News
- This site provides summaries of recent research on a wide vareity of topics, including the brain and child development. Check out the Mind and Brain section for new findings related to the brain.
- Society for Neuroscience
- The Society for Neuroscience has a variety of research updates and resources on the brain and neuroscience, including a public outreach section with information about Brain Awareness Week in March and other resources.
- Zero to Three Baby Brain Map
- Check out this interactive view of the baby’s brain, with answers to common questions about early development.
Child Development and Early Learning
- Center on the Developing Child
- This Harvard University center translates and applies research about child development to help improve life outcomes for children worldwide. The Center is known for its National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, which communicates scientific information about child development and the brain.
- Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network
- CYFERnet is a compilation of children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- NAEYC is a professional organization for people working in early childhood, including teachers, educators, and parents. This site includes a wide variety of information on early childhood development and developmentally appropriate care and education for young children.
- Parents Action for Children
- Parents Action for Children is an online store that distributes 14 English and 11 Spanish-language DVDs and supporting materials in the critically-acclaimed I Am Your Child series. The materials provide simple, accessible information about a wide range of issues related to brain development and early childhood.
- Zero To Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
- Zero to Three is a national nonprofit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners, and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. The brain development section offers information for parents, child care providers, pediatricians, and others with a direct interest in children’s brain development.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- This site contains information on nutrition and healthy eating, including specific information on child nutrition and mealtimes and links to MyPlate.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- This site offers child health information to both parents and professionals. The publications section is particularly helpful to obtain the latest policies and publications regarding children’s health and safety.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- This site contains information on a variety of issues related to physical well-being in children, including environmental hazards such as lead poisoning. The site also has a wide variety of links to other sites.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- This site is operated and maintained by an independent federal regulatory agency. Their goal is to reduce the risk of injury or death from consumer products. The site includes information on product recalls and educational materials related to child and adult safety issues.
- Find a Child Passenger Safety Technician
- Find a child passenger safety technician who can check the installation of your safety seat, and teach you how to install it safely.
- Developed by pediatric medical specialists, this site offers information on child health to children, parents, and medical professionals. The parenting sections offer information about specific illnesses and parent support groups. The site also includes a section for children.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- This site provides information on seat belt use, children’s safety seats, booster seats, recalls, and appropriate safety seat installation and use.
- National Institute for Child Health and Development
- The National Institute for Child Health and Development seeks to assure that every individual is born healthy, is born wanted and has the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential for a healthy and productive life unhampered by disease or disability.
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Safe Kids Worldwide is an international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on strategies to prevent unintentional injury and death due to causes such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls.
- Birth to Five Policy Alliance
- The Birth to Five Policy Alliance promotes and funds innovative and successful policies to promote early learning, strong families, and good health for children ages birth through five who are from vulnerable backgrounds. The alliance focuses on Policy, Research, and Advocacy, and is funded by 7 investors interested in young children’s well-being.
- The Future of Children
- The Future of Children seeks to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research. The Future of Children is a series of downloadable publications developed by The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution.
- National Center for Children in Poverty
- The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. The site includes several reports related to the effects of poverty on brain development.
- The Urban Child Institute
- The Urban Child Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of young children in Memphis, Tennessee. They are using brain development research to promote policy and practice changes for the youngest children. They have a wide variety of resources, including a wide variety of articles on the brain and an active social media presence.
Stress and Trauma
- Child Trauma Academy
- The ChildTrauma Academy is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas focused on education, service delivery and program consultation in the areas of child maltreatment. This site includes a variety of information on brain development and the effects of stress and trauma. The site includes links to several online learning modules related to brain development. Information is based on the work of noted researcher Dr. Bruce Perry.