There is increasing evidence about the relationship between the quality of early childhood services and child development, and that process quality or adult-child interactions is the aspect that matters the most. Process quality depends on the skills and preparation of those working directly with young children and families: the early childhood (EC) workforce. This almost … [Read more...] about Let’s Support Those who Care for our Children
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Low-income children lag behind better-off children in many developmental factors because of their socioeconomic status. These children lack investment in key nutritional, medical and educational factors. Gaps like these persist through life. A child who starts behind, stays behind. … [Read more...] about When Less Cash Benefits Children More
If you're like many people, “nudging” is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “behavioral economics.” For example, "nudging" can help families eat healthier by making fruits and vegetables the most prominently featured item in the grocery store. Nudges and other types of low-cost tweaks to policy design have had some impressive impacts in Latin America and the … [Read more...] about How Nudges can Help Improve Adult-Child Interactions
Did you know that a single deposit of $2000 into a newborn baby’s retirement investment account could grow to over $220,000 on their 65th birthday, but if you wait to invest until they turn twenty, those $2000 become only about $50,000? That’s a $170,000 difference. These numbers show the magic of investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD), which can have a compounding … [Read more...] about Investing in Health and Early Childhood Development in Paraguay Pays Big Dividends
Integrating early childhood development programs with health services can be an important way of reaching larger numbers of the millions of children and families in need. Understanding how to make this work so programs are effective and feasible is essential, yet there is little information to guide the process of integration so that it can be achieved at a large scale. … [Read more...] about What Happens When You Link a Parenting Program to Routine Child Health Checkups?