Caregiver engagement is vital for early childhood development. When parents or other caregivers actively participate in their child's learning, provide a nurturing and supportive environment, and engage in meaningful interactions—children benefit in multiple domains, including cognitive, social, and emotional. Yet, many caregivers, particularly those in low-resourced … [Read more...] about 6 remote and hybrid caregiver engagement models that boost child outcomes
A year of education is estimated to raise future earnings by 10%. That is a large and significant return, along with the other benefits of more education. And that’s only what the person pursuing the education can expect to receive. One’s family, community, and country also benefit. That is to say, education has both private and social returns. One way that countries … [Read more...] about It Is Time to Put Education and Skills First
Although youth tend to have milder symptoms from the COVID-19 virus, the pandemic has brought unprecedented changes and challenges into their lives and particularly their mental health. Pandemic-related school closures have disrupted their learning and isolated them from peers. Many young people have been less physically active, had irregular sleep patterns and … [Read more...] about How Should Schools Respond to the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis?
More and more researchers and policymakers are interested in whether and how a broad array of skills, often summarized as non-cognitive skills, soft skills, life skills, or socio-emotional skills, may benefit individuals in educational settings or in the labor market. A large literature in the U.S. and other industrialized countries has identified high returns to non-cognitive … [Read more...] about Targeting the Development of Soft Skills in Developing Countries: Evidence From a Growing Literature