Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

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EditorPia Rebello Britto, Patrice L. Engle, Charles M. Super

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Early childhood development research offers solutions to several of the world's social and economic problems - solutions that can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, improve the health, education, and wellbeing of the global population, and yield high rates of return on investment inthe formative years of life. And yet over one-third of children worldwide under five years of age still fail to achieve their full developmental potential due to malnutrition, poverty, disease, neglect, and lack of learning opportunities. Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy calls for placing early childhood development at the top of the global policy agenda, enabling children to achieve their full developmental potential and to contribute to equitable economic and social progressworldwide. The volume presents evidence-based programs and policies for advancing the positive development of young children across the globe, focusing on developing countries. An international ensemble of scholars, policymakers, and practitioners present evidence from multiple disciplinary,sectorial, and analytical perspectives, emphasizing the importance of scientific findings in promoting child development and addressing programmatic challenges to quality, sustainability, measurement, finance, and capacity. Sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the premier international association of developmental scientists, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a leading organization for promoting children's wellbeing worldwide, this Handbook will be invaluable to policyadvocates, program managers of national governments, international NGOs, and development agencies, as well as to scholars and students in the areas of child development and global policy.

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Early childhood development research offers solutions to several of the world's social and economic problems - solutions that can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, improve the health, education, and wellbeing of the global population, and yield high rates of return on investment inthe formative years of life. And yet over o...

Pia Rebello Britto, Ph.D., is Associate Research Scientist at the Child Study Center at Yale University. Patrice L. Engle, Ph.D., was Professor of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University. Charles M. Super, Ph.D., is Professor of Human and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsContributorsSECTION 1: Introduction and Framework for ECD Policies1. Pia Rebello Britto, Patrice L. Engle, and Charles M. Super: Introduction to Volume. Early Child Development: Translating Research to Global Policy2. Jack P. Shonkoff and Linda Richter: COMMENTARY - The Powerful Reach of Early Childhood Development: A Science-Based Foundation for Sound Investment3. Patrice L. Engle, Nirmala Rao, and Oliver Petrovic: Situational Analysis of Young Children in a Changing World4. Pia Rebello Britto, Nurper Ulkuer, William P. Hodges, and Michael F. McCarthy: Global Policy Landscape and Early Child DevelopmentSECTION 2: Analytic and Disciplinary Perspectives5. Theodore D. Wachs and Atif Rahman: The Nature and Impact of Risk and Protective Influences on Children's Development in Low Income Countries6. Jere R. Behrman and Sergio S. Urzua: Economic Perspectives on Some Important Dimensions of Early Childhood Development in Developing Countries7. Sara Harkness, Charles M. Super, Caroline Johnston Mavridis, Oumar Barry, and Marian Zeitlin: Culture and Early Childhood Development: Implications for Policy and Programs8. Alan Pence: Voices Less Heard: The Importance of Critical and "Indigenous" PerspectivesSECTION 3: Programmatic Approaches to ECD9. Patrice L. Engle, Mary E. Young, and Giorgio Tamburlini: The Role of the Health Sector in Early Childhood Development10. Aisha K. Yousafzai, Mohammad Y. Yakoob, and Zulfiqar A. Bhutta: Nutrition Based Approaches to Early Childhood Development11. Chloe O'Gara: Education Based Approaches to Early Childhood Development12. Cassie Landers, Clarice Da Silva e Paula, and Theresa Kilbane: Preventing Violence against Young Children13. Lawrence Aber, Linda Biersteker, Andrew Dawes, and Laura Rawlings: Social Protection and Welfare Systems: Implications for Early Childhood Development14. Jacqueline Hayden and Sithu Wai: Community Based Approaches to ECD: A Matter of Degree15. Kathy Bartlett, Paul Stephenson, and Louie Cadaing: Parents and Communities: The Key to Understanding "Faith Based" Early Childhood Services and Programs16. Martin Woodhead and Natalia Streuli: Early Education for All: Is there a Role for the Private Sector?17. Daphna Lemish and Barbara Kolucki: Media and Early Childhood DevelopmentSECTION 4: Measurement and Monitoring of Programs and Policies18. Marc H. Bornstein and Jennifer E Lansford: Assessing Early Child Development19. Clyde Hertzman, Ziba Vaghri, and Adem Arkadas: Monitoring Progress Towards the Fulfillment of Rights in Early Childhood Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families20. Dan A. Wagner: Improving Policies and Programs for Educational Quality: An Example from the Use of Learning AssessmentsSECTION 5: Building and Strengthening the ECD Programs21. Maha B. Homsi and Lara A. Hussein: National Agency Systems22. Sara L. Hommel: Capacity Building for Early Child Development23. Mary E. Young: Barriers to Service Provision: Lessons Learned from Donor-Supported Early Child Development (ECD) Projects24. Emily Vargas-Baron: Building and Strengthening National Systems for Early Childhood Development25. Alexandria Valerio and Marito H. Garcia: Effective FinancingSECTION 6: Conclusions26. Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Ana Maria Nieto: Paradigm Shifts and New Directions in Research on Early Child Development Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries27. Deepa Grover: Closing Commentary: Implications for Development28. Aster Haregot: Closing Commentary: Implications for Capacity29. Charles M. Super, Pia Rebello Britto, and Patrice L. Engle: Closing Commentary: The Future of ECD in the Global Development Agenda