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As fascinating and enriching as brain research is to individual parents and practitioners, the real power in understanding early brain development lies in applying this new knowledge to change the current systems of care and community practices that affect all young children and their families. Just as the brain is the ultimate "use it or lose it machine," the new research findings must be used to help improve physical, emotional, educational and social outcomes for our children.
This section begins to define and catalog policy implications of the widely available information about early brain development. Some policy issues are specific to changes in Georgia; others may be applicable in other states or at the national level as well.
The following Brain Development Briefs have been created by Better Brains for Babies to educate decision-makers about early brain development and its implications for policy decisions. Feel free to share these briefs with decision-makers.
In this section, policy is defined broadly as decisions and actions of elected officials, governmental agencies, courts, regulatory bodies, or voters that affect public and private services and service delivery systems. Examples of policies that affect young children include laws, budgets, regulations, judicial decisions, agency practices and executive orders.
The following links have public policy and advocacy information for issues affecting infants, toddlers and their families. This section will always be a work in progress as parents, trainers, workshop participants and experts from around the state contribute new ideas to the catalog for change. Sites are listed alphabetically. If you would like to recommend a policy-related site for this list, please contact us.
The following are public policy issues and recommendations that stem from our increasing understanding of early brain development, based on recent research findings. Some of these recommendations are specific to Georgia — but many are equally important in other parts of the United States and the world. Click here to see the entire list of policy recommendations, or click on the links below to see policy recommendations in specific issue areas.