This month we feature the Roving Caregivers Programme, a regional programme initiated by The Caribbean Child Support Initiative. The programme aims ‘to provide early childhood stimulation to children from birth to three years of age who are at risk, by focusing on parents and children through a home visitation intervention model.’ In particular it aims to enhance parenting knowledge, stimulate good parenting behaviour and change inappropriate child rearing practices, facilitated through regular visits by the home visitors.
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This month, Annette Champion, Education Project Manager of the Jujurha Preschool in Nqileni village which is one of the poorest districts in South Africa, shares the school enrichment programme at the Jujurha Preschool. In a resource starved setting, through community involvement, the initiative aims to enrich learning opportunities for young children.
The Mobile Creches in India envisions for all children to have a nurturing and happy childhood. With a special focus on children under the age of six, their mission is to promote ‘child-friendly sites’, where every child living on a construction site is safe, healthy and educated, and able to enjoy their childhood.By setting up day-care centres on construction sites, the initiative is emphasing its belief in the evidence that the early years of a child‘s life are crucial. Being well nourished and growing up in a stimulating environment is an essential foundation for a happy childhood.
The Global Child Development Group in collaboration with Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, recently organized a meeting on “Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood Interventions” held August 29-30, 2012 at the Academy’s headquarters in New York City. The goal of the meeting was to hear from a group of about 30 experts on recent advances in the area and to plan for a series of papers to be published as a special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and presented at a larger meeting in April 2013.
The core group of the Global Child Development Group met in Jamaica on 8- 9th May’ 2010.The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the thrust as well as linkages between the two papers to be submitted to The Lancet. The agenda also included discussion of the issues pertaining to the group’s Secretariat.
The Global Child Development Group hosted its working meeting from December 8th to 11th, 2009 at the Breezes Resorts and Spa, Rio Bueno, Jamaica. The Caribbean Child Development Centre of the University of West Indies, Open Campus and the Child Development Research Group of the University of West Indies, Mona which operate the group’s secretariat coordinated the meeting. The meeting was supported by The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Bernard van Leer Foundation ( BvL) and United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF).
Lost potential, modifiable risk factors, successful programmes and future goals, Bellagio, Italy (October 1-6,2007).
This World Bank Study by Rebecca K. Sayre, Amanda E. Devercelli, Michelle J. Neuman and Quentin Wodon provides an overview of World Bank investments in Early Childhood Development (ECD) from 2000-2013 within the Education, Health, Nutrition and Population, and Social Protection and Labor practices. A series of case studies are presented to highlight lessons learned to inform future Bank support to ECD and to promote better planning across sectors and regions. The study also discusses recent new approaches to suport ECD within the World Bank and in client countries.