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Early Childhood Development Strategies

The cumulative risks to which many children across the world, particularly in the developing nations are exposed to, suggest the need for intervention. Early child development programmes are designed to improve the survival, growth and development of young children, prevent the occurrence of risks and ameliorate the negative effects of risks. Though evidence suggests that integrated interventions are definitely effective, there are also a range of early childhood programs which are promising. These include programs to improve food intake and reduce stunting (supplementation programs, exclusive breastfeeding, conditional cash transfers, nutrition monitoring), stimulation programs combined with nutrition and health programs, centre based programs, parenting and parent-child programs.
Featured below are abstracts of publications focussing on interventions/strategies that aim to enhance early childhood development:

Authors Baker-Henningham and López Bóo, review the effectiveness of early childhood stimulation interventions in developing countries. The report aims to answer the questions: What works in terms of early... Read More

This paper in the IDB Working Paper Series by Veramendi Gregory and Urzúa Sergio presents a comprehensive empirical analysis of the impact of attending a child day care center on early childhood development... Read More

As earlier research indicates performance in intelligence tests tends to be higher among individuals breastfed as infants. However little is known
about the association between breastfeeding and... Read More

Researchers Fahmida Tofail, Jena D. Hamadani, Fardina Mehrin, Deborah A. Ridout, Syed N. Huda and Sally M. Grantham-McGregor opine that young children with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) usually have poor... Read More