From Early Child Development to Human Development: Investing in Our Children's Future

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Mary E. Young
World Bank, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 406 pages
In April 2000, the World Bank hosted a global conference that addressed the benefits and challenges of investing in early child development (ECD). The landmark conference brought together the world's leading experts, academicians, practitioners, and policymakers to focus on various aspects of ECD. This volume contains the proceedings of the conference, to encourage countries to adopt policies that target early child development, especially for children and families living in poverty, and to spark other groups and organizations to invest in ECD programs. The papers are organized into five areas: the benefits of investing in young children; measuring the early opportunity gap, evaluating effectiveness of early childhood programs, the private sector's influence on the public sector, and action and policy for the future. The papers are as follows: (1) "Introduction and Overview" (Mary Eming Young); (2) "Early Child Development and the Brain--The Base for Health, Learning, and Behavior throughout Life" (J. Fraser Mustard); (3) "From Child Development to Human Development" (Jacques van der Gaag); (4) "Standards of Care: Investments To Improve Children's Educational Outcomes in Latin America" (J. Douglas Willms); (5) "Ensuring a Fair Start for All Children: The Case of Brazil" (Mary Eming Young); (6) "Investing in Effective Childcare and Education: Lessons from Research" (John M. Love, Peter Z. Schochet, and Alicia L. Meckstroth); (7) "Mapping and Documenting Effective Programming" (Judith L. Evans); (8) "Effective Early Childhood Programs: The U.S. Head Start Experience" (Louisa B. Tarullo); (9) "Elements of Quality in Home Visiting Programs: Three Jamaican Models" (Kerida Scott-McDonald); (10) "Role of the Private Sector in Early Child Development" (Robert G. Myers); (11) "Communities Can Make a Difference: Five Cases across Continents" (Simone Kirpal); (12) "Narrowing the Gap for Poor Children" (Enrique V. Iglesias and Donna E. Shalala); and (13) "The Political Challenge: Commitment and Cooperation" (Eduardo A. Doryan, Kul C. Gautam, and William H. Foege). Each of the chapters contains references. (HTH)

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