What does expert research tell us about the support that children need to thrive from conception to age five?
Experts across multiple sectors: psychologists, physicians, social workers, and more, have spent decades studying the needs, barriers and success factors for children in their early years. We want to know what the latest research says.
What does expert research tell us about the support children need to thrive from conception to age five?
While parents' desire to take care of / protect their children is universal, how they do this in various parts of the world vary. As we embark in this challenge, it might be worth thinking of what is universal and what is cultural in terms of parenti
From the book, 'Thinking Fast, and Slow', by Daniel Kahneman. "Based on the famous marshmallow experiment by Walter Mischel, a link was found between cognitive control and intelligence. Those children who did not eat the marshmallow were found to b
A study evaluating the NGO Muso’s health system redesign in Malawi documented a nearly tenfold difference in child mortality, the largest and fastest decrease ever recorded.
The initiative included various features to optimize for speed.If health
In low-income countries, malnutrition is one of the main causes of child mortality. Poor nutrition in the early years can severely affect the physical and cognitive development of a child. In addition, the right nutrition in the first 2-5 years infl
Designing community space for children
Forget about swings and teeter-totters and concrete turtles – to be a real success, a playground needs a few good mudholes.
Ideally a child’s play space should never be finished, it should be in a constant s
Reading, story telling, singing, providing good nutrition: all of these are important practices but what about play? Play is central to development - play with parents as well as alone play. How to create space for play?
Unchartered play is an inspiration. The organization designed soccer balls and jump ropes that generate renewable energy....So children are literally empowered to create electricity for their families while they play.
There is a growing body of evidence, from international research and from Save the Children Early Childhood Care and Development programme implementation that suggests high quality ECCD provides both the essential help which a young child needs to su
Our team traveled to the informal settlement of Altos del Pino (just outside of Bogota, Colombia) where we worked with over 20 families to observe their daily routines and the challenges they face due to the lack of running water. We discovered that
Establishing family routines and rituals improves parental efficacy and a child’s socioemotional, language, academic, and social skills. There is a difference between routine (a functional action) and ritual (an action that has meaning). These can be
This post relates to my previous post on ethnographic methods where I suggest that we need to put our ears to the ground and listen to those we intend to serve if we are to meet their aspirations for care and design acceptable healthcare intervention
How much is innate? How much is culture? What is the role of environment, in particular parents and adults, in the learning process? Learning begins in the first days of life but how much young children already know, and how much they learn from thei
This story tell us about how important it is to plan a child so that we can give them a good future. In India, mostly children are not planned additions into family and hence, parents are not careful in planning their future.
Human interaction, language development and storytelling are key influences in the first 5 years of a child's life. Incorporating the research of Social-Psychological Interventions, Positive Psychology and Early Education Practices have proven that