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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:

A study conducted across four universities investigated the Educare early education programs ability to reduce the achievement gap between children from low-income families and those from more economically... Read More

Steering committee member Professor Susan Walker along with a research team and the support of the IDB, have published a parenting manual based on research done in the Caribbean. The implementation manual... Read More

The importance of the first 1000 days of a Childs life has been the subject of research for decades. The importance of these first days has been the hot topic in ECD community recently. Debates such as is... Read More

Dimension of the Early Child published an article for teachers and educators explaining the importance of talking with young children as a means of encouraging learning. Everything teachers (and parents)... Read More