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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:

Researchers Susan Walker, Susan M Chang,  Christine A Powell, Emily Simonoff and Sally M Grantham-McGregor look at whether dietary supplementation or psychosocial stimulation given to growth retarded (... Read More

Prof Susan  Walker,  Susan Chang, Dr. Christine A Powell, and  Prof Sally M Grantham-McGregor report in The Lancet the effects of early interventions on cognition and education in 103 of the 129... Read More

The authors Grantham-McGregor SM, Fernald LC, Kagawa RM and Walker S , in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Volume 1308, Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood... Read More

In this paper in the Child Development, authors Rao N, Sun J, Pearson V, Pearson E, Liu H, Constas M. A and Engle P L. report on their evaluation of the relative effectiveness of home-based, community-based... Read More