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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 John A. Maluccio, John Hoddinott, Jere R. Behrman, Reynaldo Martorell, Agnes R. Quisumbing and Aryeh D. Stein,use a longitudinal survey from rural Guatemala to examine the effect of an early... Read More

ADDRESSING INEQUALITIES: The Heart of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda and the Future We Want for All. Global Thematic Consultation
The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development... Read More

UNICEF monitors and reports on a variety of domains of  child development and well-being including nutritional status, immunization and parenting practices.
While data for these areas are available... Read More

A long-term Jamaican study by GCDG steering committee members, Prof. Sally McGregor and Prof. Susan Walker shows that surprisingly simple ways of stimulating children’s mental development can have dramatic... Read More