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
The Challenge of Integrating Early Childhood Services with Caribbean Health Systems
Initial results from an innovative parenting program in Jamaica showed that it benefited children's cognitive development and parents’ attitudes about caring for children. However, evaluations in subsequent years found that these effects had disappeared. In this post, we present an early childhood program that is incorporated into the country’s health system, as well as the … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Integrating Early Childhood Services with Caribbean Health Systems
Four Steps to Adapt a Child Development Program in Times of COVID-19
Evidence-based science has shown the importance of parental programs to promote early child development like the Reach Up program from Jamaica. Even though the studies have demonstrated relevant effect sizes in overall childhood development, we still need to understand how to transfer and scale up those interventions across countries, especially now with the current pandemic, … [Read more...] about Four Steps to Adapt a Child Development Program in Times of COVID-19
Playful learning for families: the Jamaican home visiting model going to scale…in Jamaica!
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!
Lessons from an international conference
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