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Lead Economist in Social Protection
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Senior Economist in Social Protection
Ferdinando RegaliaFerdinando Regalia
Head of Social Protection and Health Division

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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!

Oct 20 2014

by Carina Lupica

In Argentina, more than 900,000 women aged 14 to 24 are mothers, meaning that 24.2% of young women have children [link in Spanish]; however, not all of these young mothers are able to take care of their children. That task falls to different people in varied settings within the family or outside the home, where the government, private businesses and nonprofit organizations operate. But who is really looking after these children? Read more…

Oct 13 2014

dia internacional para la erradicación de la pobreza

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we would like to reflect on the need to strengthen parenting skills, especially in those mothers and fathers living in poverty. There are several programs and services in the region that use different approaches to support families, particularly those with the lowest socioeconomic status, in the tasks of childrearing and to promote child development. Sendhil Mullainathan, one of the most prominent young economists in the world for his pioneering research in behavioral economics, offers a provocative reflection on the matter. Read more…

Oct 6 2014

By Ángela Funez


Photo by Mark Nye

We’re all addicted to our smartphones to some degree, but few parents realize the intellectual and emotional damage that this dependence can cause in their children, especially the littlest ones.  According to studies from the field of neuroscience, linguistic, emotional, social and motor skills develop rapidly in the brain during the first three years of life. In fact, during this period, 700 to 1,000 new neural connections form each second. Vocabulary development begins between the ages of 15 and 18 months and continues through the preschool years. Read more…

Sep 29 2014

child development policies

“The debate between nature-nurture… is over“, rightly established UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in a new article of the The Lancet published last week.   Read more…

Sep 22 2014


In recent years, several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have very clearly expressed, through their democratic processes, a political preference for equity. It is quite interesting to note that, along with hopes for increased economic growth, countries such as Peru and Chile are looking to reform their policies in favor of social inclusion. With that said, what tools do public policymakers have at their disposal when their mandate is to improve equity? Read more…

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