During the IDB Group's Knowledge Week on October 23–27, academics, regional and international experts, and IDB specialists met to share experiences on topics that are critical to the planet’s future. At the event, I had the chance to talk with Sally Grantham-McGregor, Emeritus Professor of Child Health and Nutrition at University College London (UCL), and Sebastián Martínez, … [Read more...] about How do we preserve quality as we scale up programs to improve child development and alleviate poverty?
Early childhood development (ECD) programs play a crucial role in promoting children’s cognition and language. Many programs include home visitors or groups who work with parents and young children through play activities that not only build children’s language and cognitive skills, but also engage children and parents together to experience the joy of playing and learning … [Read more...] about Balancing Scale and Quality: Insights from a Meta-Analysis on Early Childhood Development Programs
The early childhood development (ECD) community is celebrating! The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently launched a new package of measures, the Global Scales for Early Development (GSED), version 1.0, to measure, evaluate and monitor the development of young children in the critical first three years of life for use across the globe. Despite growing interest in ECD … [Read more...] about A New Global Method to Measure Early Childhood Development is Available!
We know that mother tongue is the first language we acquire in our early childhood through our caregivers (parents, grandparents, siblings, and others). While it may seem like a natural process, providing services that empower caregivers to stimulate their children's language development from an early age can make a big difference for a lifetime. Today, on International Mother … [Read more...] about Mother Language Day: How to promote language in parenting using a hybrid modality?
When representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean get together for a dialogue around the present and future of areas as important as health, social protection, and early childhood development, the result is an unending stream of ideas, exchanges, and synergies. Paths open; paths which, beyond showing the shared needs and shortcomings, lead to lessons and innovations … [Read more...] about Three Lessons from a Regional Dialogue on Early Childhood