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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:

Authors Tania Barham, Karen  Macours and John Maluccio, in this IDB paper  test the hypothesis that the first 1,000 days are the critical window for both cognitive skill formation and physical development... Read More

The recently released ‘World Development Report 2015: Mind Society and Behaviour’ published by the World Bank Group highlights that children in poor families can differ... Read More

The recent IDB blog features an initiative from Bolivia, designed to address chronic malnutrition in children aged 0-5 years, that uses puppets to educate parents on the importance of nutrition for children... Read More

GCDG Steering Comittee member, Prof. Sally M Grantham-McGregor along with researchers Orazio P Attanasio, Camila Fernández, Emla O A Fitzsimons, , Costas Meghir,  and Marta Rubio-Codina, assessed the... Read More