A large body of research has shown the long-term effects of early life adversity. A nurturing and stimulating environment is essential for healthy child development and can reduce the harmful effects of risk factors related to poverty and lack of parental resources. Parental programs to promote nurturing environments such as the home-based Reach Up, program originally developed … [Read more...] about An Innovative Childhood Development Program against Adversity in Boa Vista, Brazil
Estimates indicate that around 218 million children between 5 and 17 years of age perform some type of work. Of those, 10.7 million, or 1 in 19 children, live in Latin America and the Caribbean. … [Read more...] about Where do Children Working in Hazardous Environments Come From?
How do we make decisions when our lives are so complex? An increasingly popular way to approach this question is through behavioral sciences—the science of evaluating psychological, cognitive, emotional, cultural, neuroscience and social factors and their impact on decisions. To explore the intersection between behavioral sciences and public policies, the Inter-American … [Read more...] about Interview: Changing Parental Behavior with Behavioral Tools Can Help Children Reach their Full Potential
Did you know that, by the time they reach the fifth grade, there are almost three times as many boys as girls in the top 5% with regards to math achievement? This gap, contrary to popular belief, cannot be explained by biological differences. Rather, it may have a lot to do with, among other factors, sociocultural and inter-generational barriers that play negatively on girls’ … [Read more...] about Interview: Our Moms are Our Mentors
For children to develop to their full potential, 'nurturing care' during the early years is required. Multi-sectorial, integrated interventions enable nurturing environments by adopting an individual-child and family perspective. Mihaela Ionescu, Program Director at ISSA, sums it up like this: “No one can whistle a symphony. It really requires an orchestra.” The conversation … [Read more...] about Interview: Time for a Reality Check in Early Childhood Services