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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:

Researcher Helen Baker-Henningham  opines that there is growing evidence that early childhood education (ECE) interventions can reduce the loss of developmental potential of disadvantaged children in low-... Read More

Researchers Betsy Lozoff, Julia B. Smith, Katy M. Clark, Carmen Gloria Perales, Francisca Rivera, and Marcela Castillo conducted a study to determine if a home-based intervention to foster child development... Read More

In this article, authors Betsy Lozoff, Marcela Castillo,Katy M. Clark and Julia B. Smith report on  a randomized control trial in urban  areas around Santiago, Chile, assessing long-term developmental... Read More

Authors Betsy Lozoff, Marcela Castillo, Katy M. Clark, Julia B. Smith and Julie Sturza report on a study determining long-term behavioural effects of iron supplementation in healthy Chilean infants. Most... Read More

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