For children to reach their full potential, it is essential to make sure their home environment fosters their development. This home environment has been made even more important by the situation of many care centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our knowledge about how to implement family programs at scale is limited. Although efficacy trials of home visiting programs … [Read more...] about One-on-one visits or group sessions? Two alternatives for parenting programs
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!
by Julia Johannsen and Michiko Tamashiro In District 8 of El Alto, Bolivia, 21% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, according to an IDB study to be published in 2015. This is not the case for Edysson and Joycy, who are enjoying a happy and healthy childhood in the same predominantly Aymara, socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood … [Read more...] about Puppets that Teach Good Eating Habits
By Ciro Avitabile There is no way around it, when people aren’t well incentivized to do their jobs (with monetary or non-monetary incentives) the quality of the work decreases. This happens to be the case in many developing countries with teachers and doctors. The lack of appropriate incentives translates into higher absenteeism and less dedication to their jobs. … [Read more...] about Power to the people?
On Tuesday, I wrote about the results of several Jamaican studies that were presented in London last week at the "Promises for Preschoolers: Early Childhood Development and Human Capital Accumulation" conference. Now, I want to tell you about some of the other research that was presented, with a focus on projects related to Latin America. … [Read more...] about Lessons from an international conference