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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.
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Mar 11 2014
A few months ago, The New York Times Magazine (NYT) published an interesting article that discussed different educational programs that are trying to incorporate into the curriculum activities aimed at improving children’s social-emotional skills. On the IDB’s blog Quality Education Is Possible, Aimee Verdisco wrote a post in reaction to this article, reflecting on the impact of these skills on children’s learning experiences. Read more…
Mar 4 2014
By Juanita Caycedo, Mercedes Mateo and Lourdes Rodriguez
Meet Ana. Last December, she embarked on the journey of motherhood for the first time at the age of 30. Ana works as a professional photographer, and thanks to her career, she’s traveled from one end of Latin America to the other. She’s had the privilege of living in Lima, Mexico City, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Although she considers herself a citizen of the world, she’s decided to settle down in Bogotá, her hometown, to raise a family.
While cradling two-month-old Juan José, Ana contemplates how her life has taken a 180-degree turn; she’s now trying to plan how to spend valuable time with her son without putting the brakes on her career. Read more…
Feb 25 2014
A little boy sitting with his parents at a restaurant starts to get bored. It’s not long before he begins the routine that every two-year-old has down pat: throwing the silverware on the floor, climbing out of his chair and crawling around under the table. Dad looks at Mom, she nods in approval, and Dad hands over his smartphone to the toddler. The child beams and seconds later, complete silence reigns.
Surely we’ve all witnessed a scene like this one. But what we’re all wondering is, Am I really a bad parent if I use this mesmerizing tool of the new millennium? Read more…
Feb 18 2014
Do you think it matters how much children talk (expressive language) or how many words they recognize when they hear them (receptive language)? Literature shows that a child’s exposure to an environment rich and diverse in language between birth and age three is crucial for their language development and actually has important long-term impacts, like better school and labor market outcomes. Here are typical examples: Read more…
Feb 11 2014
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to talk about the terms of endearment that we use with our children. So, why are we interested in words? The answer lies in the fact that language is a fundamental means of expressing affection, and the ability to communicate is precisely one of the most important skills that develops during the first three years of life. Here on the blog, in a few weeks we’ll be sharing with you a series of posts on the importance of talking to children for their present and future development. Read more…