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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:

The Guardian reported that an ankle band that reminds parents when their childs vaccines are due has come through trials in Pakistan. The band which was designed by the British company Timestrip, changes... Read More

Researchers Saraswathy Sabanathan, Bridget Wills, and Melissa Gladstone investigated the effectiveness of the use of Child Development Assessment Tools (CDATs) in  Low-Income and Middle-Income countries (... Read More

A recent study by Frances E. Aboud and Aisha K. Yousafzai evaluates how health and nutritional risks along with inadequate psychosocial stimulation negatively impact children from developing expected... Read More

The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally announced the release of their report, Financing Investments in Young Children Globally: Workshop Summary. The report summarizes the workshop held August 26... Read More