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María Caridad AraujoMaría Caridad Araujo
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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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!

Dec 15 2014

by Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy

daycare law

“In my family, it was unheard of to leave kids at a daycare. But I had to start working, and who was going to look after my baby? Neither my mother nor my sister could take care of him. I had looked into a private daycare called World of Color, but it was really expensive. Then I found out I could get a scholarship at another daycare called Magical World. I took my son, and I realized that he would be just fine there.” Read more…

Dec 8 2014


Every three years, there is a moment in which media attention invariably shifts to the topic of education: the publication of results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). These tests measure knowledge of math, reading and science in 15-year-olds from 65 countries around the world. In 2012, eight countries in Latin America participated: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Read more…

Dec 1 2014

by Julia Johannsen and Michiko Tamashiro

desnutricion cronica

In District 8 of El Alto, Bolivia, 21% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to an IDB study to be published in 2015. This is not the case for Edysson and Joycy, who are enjoying a happy and healthy childhood in the same predominantly Aymara, socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood with little in the way of access to basic services. Read more…

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…