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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!

Sep 15 2014

by Florencia Lopez Boo and Jane Leer(*)

home visit

Photo by MIDIS

My 3-year old son is starting pre-kinder and it is now a requirement of the public school system in Washington, DC (DCPS) to do home visits to all prospective students. That is how I had my first home visit ever, woo-hoo!  The two teachers came along, asked a few questions but, mostly, they established a great connection with my little one and somehow they all ended up dancing in my living room. The objective of the DCPS home visits is to “allow for teachers and parents to come together to form trusting relationships so they can better support the child.” This visit made me connect with some of the parenting programs we have been supporting through our work at IDB in our region. It is not a coincidence that  Nicholas Kristof  wrote a  article in the New York Times about the “power of parenting programs to beat poverty”. Read more…

Sep 5 2014

by Cecilia Martinez 


Pilar is one and a half. She doesn’t know the names of certain objects and pictures, she struggles to follow basic directions, and she appears curious but unable to make out what’s being asked of her. Would you believe me if I told you that a book can help improve her skills?  Read more…

Sep 1 2014

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by Rita Sorio*


The prevalence of anemia in the Americas has been estimated at 29.3%. Ironically, in Uruguay, a country known for its high red meat consumption, the prevalence of anemia in children exceeds this average. According to data from the latest national health survey on nutritional status, feeding practices and anemia [link in Spanish], 31.5% of Uruguayan children between the ages of 6 and 23 months are anemic. Read more…

Aug 25 2014

by Carolina González Acero


Peru has an innovative plan to provide monetary incentives to the regions of the country that guarantee health care coverage and nutrition services for children.   Read more…

Aug 19 2014

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by Patricia Jara

jardin de infantes

A few days ago, I met Paulina in an electronics store. She made the comment that it was her last day of work; she quit so she could take care of Manolo, her three-year-old son. Paulina, her husband and their son live in a tiny prefabricated house that they set up in her mother-in-law’s backyard. They both make minimum wage, and their combined pay is less than what they need to live better. The family would benefit from Paulina working full time; however, she’s going to stay at home. There’s a preschool five blocks from their home, but these parents have decided not to enroll their son. This is not an isolated situation: in Chile, nearly half of the children who don’t attend child care centers or preschools belong to households in the first income quintile. What explains this situation? Read more…

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