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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:

Researchers Lia  Fernald, Paul Gertler and Lynnette  Neufeld  investigated the effect of Mexico’s conditional cash transfer programme, Oportunidades ( which was started to improve the lives of poor families... Read More

Authors Emily  Ozer, Lia Fernald,  James Manley, and Paul  Gertler,report on the effects of a cash transfer program on children’s behaviour problems. In 1997, the Mexican government initiated a large-scale... Read More

Researchers Lia Fernald, Paul  Gertler and Lynnette Neufeld report results from an intervention that began in 1998 in Mexico where low-income communities (n=506) were randomly assigned to be enrolled in a... Read More

Researchers Lia C.H. Fernald and Melissa Hidrobo examined the effects of Ecuador’s Bono de Desarrollo Humano (BDH) – an unconditional cash transfer program that was rolled-out using a randomized design – on... Read More

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