© Blog First Steps, IDB’s Social Protection and Health Division Jorge Mario Bergoglio is 77 years old. He was born in Flores, a typically middle-class neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and is a fan of San Lorenzo, my favorite soccer team (after Boca, that is!). On March 13 [link in Spanish], he celebrated his first anniversary in an office that has made him one of the most … [Read more...] about Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding
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 … [Read more...] about More than Words
I am on my way back from Kingston, Jamaica, where the conference Early Childhood Development in the Caribbean took place on Thursday, November 14. The aim of the conference was to share recent findings of three studies by the IDB and distinguished researchers and stalwarts from the University of the West Indies (UWI). The press and TV cover the event very widely as not only … [Read more...] about Bad boys
I am preparing my presentation on a recent IDB study for the 18th annual meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) conference in Mexico DF. LACEA is an international association of economists with research interest in Latin American issues. It was launched in 1992 to facilitate the exchange of ideas between economists and policy-makers. From its … [Read more...] about Is Latin America different right from the start?
“The quality of early childhood services is critical for two main reasons. The first reason is humanistic in nature, because it constitutes a basic element of children’s wellbeing, and the second is that without an educated, skilled and productive population, the region cannot compete in terms of the global economy,” noted Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge … [Read more...] about The Quality of Care in Early Childhood: A Challenge for Everyone, Both Big and Small