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Early Childhood Development Strategies

The cumulative risks to which many children across the world, particularly in the developing nations are exposed to, suggest the need for intervention. Early child development programmes are designed to improve the survival, growth and development of young children, prevent the occurrence of risks and ameliorate the negative effects of risks. Though evidence suggests that integrated interventions are definitely effective, there are also a range of early childhood programs which are promising. These include programs to improve food intake and reduce stunting (supplementation programs, exclusive breastfeeding, conditional cash transfers, nutrition monitoring), stimulation programs combined with nutrition and health programs, centre based programs, parenting and parent-child programs.
Featured below are abstracts of publications focussing on interventions/strategies that aim to enhance early childhood development:

Play has been proven countless times to be a necessary contributor to child development. The more parents can employ it, the better it is for the child's cognitive, emotional, and social functioning. Hide-... Read More

In an article published on the BID Mejorando Vidas website, researches found that parents across socio-economic backgrounds lack insight into how babies develop language skills and other cognitive functions... Read More

Nigeria is 2nd in the world for annual maternal deaths.They account for 14% of all annual maternal deaths and 13% of all global deaths of children under age 5 world-wide. The Federal Ministry of Health... Read More

The World Bank announced the launch of a new independent fund aimed at helping to tackle child undernutrition in low-income and middle-income countries. In order for a child’s health and brain to develop... Read More