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?
Measurement and Indicator
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!
It is inevitable that many of the issues affecting families over the last year predate the pandemic and remain once infection rates fade out and masks come off. These are issues that have been long-demanded but have not received adequate attention. We must keep them in focus during the recovery period in all countries and regions. That is why in this two-part post, we look back … [Read more...] about A Year in the Life of an American Family during the Pandemic (part I)
Many of the world’s school systems struggle to monitor student learning even in the best of times. As face-to-face learning assessments ceased because of pandemic-related lockdowns, school systems were left in the dark about the impact of school-closures and distance education on student learning and the development of gaps. Absent hard data on learning, school systems are … [Read more...] about Can you assess early childhood development remotely? Distance assessment of preschoolers