My second granddaughter was born during one of the pandemic’s worst moments. Because her mother is a pediatrician, she obtained one of the first COVID-19 vaccines offered to health workers. Yet she approached the institutional birth with trepidation due to the danger of exposing the newborn to the virus that surely circulated in the hospital environment. It was winter … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding and the Battle to Protect the Youngest Children Against COVID-19
Government authorities, scholars, civil society organizations, businesses, project implementers, and innovators. All these stakeholders play a key role difficult to replace. Now let’s imagine that all these diverse individuals from different backgrounds and expertise are having the same conversation: Promoting the development of children from 0 to 5 years of age in Latin … [Read more...] about Community of Practice: What happens when experts committed to Early Childhood Development come together?
The COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of parenting programs through home visits and group meetings in many low- and middle-income countries. The detrimental impact from the lack of these services for children’s development and parents’ well-being was highlighted early in the pandemic and several innovations were developed to find ways to continue … [Read more...] about Remote Delivery of Parenting Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic
We’ve talked before about how poverty negatively impacts both early child development and brain development. Young children are shaped by the stimulation they receive, as well as the words they hear and the significant relationships they have. However, these factors vary considerably from one socioeconomic level to another. To bolster child development, we have to bring down … [Read more...] about Can cash transfers boost child development?
In late 2021, more than 80 officials and representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean met for a dialogue on the challenges faced and the innovations developed around the issues of health, social protection, and early childhood development since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that Regional Policy Dialogue, we discussed extensively the subject of violence against … [Read more...] about Preventing violence in early childhood in the context of COVID-19