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María Caridad AraujoMaría Caridad Araujo
Lead Economist in Social Protection
Florencia Lopez BooFlorencia Lopez Boo
Senior Economist in Social Protection
Ferdinando RegaliaFerdinando Regalia
Head of Social Protection and Health Division

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We care about your opinion

The IDB Division of Social Protection and Health will write in this blog about our everyday learning and international experiences on early childhood development.

We invite you to share with us interesting initiatives that are being implemented in your country to promote such an important area for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

We look forward to reading your comments!

Jul 22 2014

© Blog First Steps, IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division

by Patricia Jara

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This is a common reaction from parents who are less than enthusiastic about getting involved at the child care center that their children attend. Considering how important it is for the family to be actively involved in the child’s development from an early age, we need to rethink the dynamics of parental involvement at daycare centers and preschools. But why is this so important? Read more…

Jul 15 2014

© Blog First Steps, IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division

by Filipa de Castro and Jean Marie Place

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Both in Mexico and on a global scale, depression is the main threat to mothers’ mental health, especially in contexts of socioeconomic vulnerability and marginalization [link in Spanish]. Several studies indicate that depression is preventable, detectable and treatable, thereby significantly reducing its negative short- and long-term effects. Read more…

Jul 8 2014

© Blog First Steps, IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division

by Patricia Jara

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We’ve all heard our parents say—and perhaps even said it ourselves—that no one is taught to be a parent, probably in an attempt to justify an ill-conceived response to an uncertain or stressful situation involving our children. Indeed, the basic skills needed to provide quality care to children are learned through imitation—what we observe in our social environments and what we experienced with our own parents—acquired knowledge, and the natural process of learning that comes from practice. Read more…

Jul 3 2014

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by Nancy Elias

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News outlets around the world have blasted Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suárez’s lack of self-control. He was suspended by FIFA for having bitten an opponent during a World Cup match. Does this behavior say something about his childhood? Read more…

Jun 24 2014

© Blog First Steps, IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division 

by Patricia Jara 

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During a visit in which I accompanied a foreign delegation on a tour of health centers using the Chile Crece Contigo [link in Spanish] operating model, I witnessed a situation that is not all that uncommon. At a pediatrician’s office, a nurse called out, “Would Alfonso Quintanilla’s mom please come over here? I’m going to give you instructions on home care.” A man, Alfonso’s dad, as far as I could tell, appeared from behind the nurse, carrying the child in his arms. He was the one who had attended the appointment with his son, while his wife waited outside with their other two children. The nurse, after performing the child’s check-up with Dad present, decided it was better to give treatment instructions to Mom. Read more…