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
The Jamaican Home Visiting intervention strengthens parents’ abilities to use responsive interactions and play to help their children develop well. The intervention has substantial benefits to children’s development and is the first early childhood stimulation program in low and middle-income countries to show long term benefits of play for adult education, income, and … [Read more...] about Playful learning for families: the Jamaican home visiting model going to scale…in Jamaica!
Traditionally, economists have focused on how to improve productivity and the ability to generate income by adult workers. But in the last two decades, the percentage of economists who work in the development of our youngest has been growing. The reason? Find out in this article. … [Read more...] about Why are economists so interested in ECD and what can they contribute to the field?
I am often told by my colleagues and friends that I am too harsh on myself and that I should have more self-compassion. I used to be quite unfamiliar with this concept. Self-compassion? Isn’t this a term people use to find excuses for themselves and be self-indulgent? … [Read more...] about Put on Your Oxygen Mask First: How Self-compassion Improves Child Development
For many, January signifies an opportunity to reassess priorities, dream big, and create goals to better themselves and the world around them. New year’s resolutions require focus, passion, and commitment– all qualities found in an effective advocate. But advocating for quality early childhood development (ECD) programs for millions of children who remain in danger of not … [Read more...] about A Beginner’s Guide to Advocating for the Children