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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

Take good care of Santiago (04:06)

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!

Nov 24 2014

by Norbert Schady

corporal punishment

A study shows that more than 70% of Americans agree that sometimes, children need to be disciplined with a good, hard spanking. In practice, the acceptance of corporal punishment varies in terms of frequency, severity and culture. How frequent is the practice of corporal punishment of young children in Latin America and the Caribbean? Read more…

Nov 17 2014

by Kate Anderson and Abbie Raikes

dia del nino

Photo credit Sacha Fernandez

The world celebrates one of the most important dates of the year in November, Universal Children’s Day. Fortunately, during the last UN General Assembly, global leaders agreed to give children (and adults) the best present: to champion early childhood development as a priority for all countries and as a goal for the post-2015 development agenda. Doing so requires indicators to measure progress reinforcing a growing momentum to improve the amount and quality of data. Read more…

Nov 10 2014

staff turnover

I recently took a look at some figures on child care staff at public daycare centers in Peru and Ecuador. I found that the average caregiver has been in her position just shy of a year in Peru and a year and a half in Ecuador. In other words, child care services suffer from a high degree of staff turnover. Read more…

Nov 3 2014

by Norbert Schadyheight

The average height of adults born in a given year (cohort) is based on the disease environment that birth cohort faced in early childhood. In poor countries, it may also be an indication of insufficient availability or diversity of nutrients. How do you think this applies to Latin America? Read more…

Oct 27 2014
play areas

Photo by Nathan Jones

Last year I took my two daughters, ages 5 and 6, to Disneyland. After greeting and taking photos with the countless characters that we came across, getting on all kinds of rides, trains and carousels, and enjoying the various shows, my daughter, looking visibly worn-out, asked, “Hey, mom…isn’t there a regular park here where kids can just play?” Read more…