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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 DG Murray Trust, South Africa in partnership with other donors recently launched the Social Franchising for Early Childhood Development (ECD) project. The project aims to reach large numbers of children... Read More

Researchers Prof. Susan P Walker, Susan M Chang, Christine A Powell and Prof. Sally M Grantham-McGregor did a trial of nutritional supplementation and psychosocial stimulation in stunted children aged 9–24... Read More

Susan P. Walker, Susan M. Chang, Marcos Vera-Hernández and Sally Grantham-McGregor evaluated adult benefits from early childhood stimulation and/or nutritional supplementation in growth-retarded children... Read More

Researchers Sally M Grantham-McGregor, Susan P Walker, Susan M Chang, and Christine A Powell followed up 127 7-8-y old children who had been stunted in early childhood and received supplementation,... Read More