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Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Global Child Development Group is to use scientific evidence to promote optimal child development, with a focus on children under age 5, in low and middle income countries. We have a particular emphasis on children's social, cognitive, emotional, behavioural and motor development.
We aim to:
  • Review, evaluate, and disseminate information on child development, including links with health and nutrition, risk/protective factors, intervention efficacy trials, and effective programs.
  • Encourage engagement between researchers and program and policy makers and facilitate translation of research to policy
  • Encourage/promote research and research capacity in child development in low and middle income countries
  • Advocate for early childhood policy and programs based on the best available scientific evidence