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Intervenciones de estimulación infantil temprana en los países en vías de desarrollo: lo que funciona, por qué y para quién


  • Helen Baker-Henningham y Florencia López Boo

    (University of the West Indies (Jamaica) - BID)


This article reviews the effectiveness of 33 early childhood stimulation interventions in children 0-3 year-old in developing countries. The article explores the conditions under which these programs work, why and for what populations they have greater effectiveness. We conclude that the interventions of greater intensity and longer duration are the most effective. Furthermore, for these interventions to be effective they must focus on young and disadvantaged children, and actively seek the participation of families and caregivers. However, more studies are still needed to determine the age and type of optimal delivery mode.

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  • Helen Baker-Henningham y Florencia López Boo, 2014. "Intervenciones de estimulación infantil temprana en los países en vías de desarrollo: lo que funciona, por qué y para quién," Económica, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, vol. 60, pages 120-186, January-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:lap:journl:593

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    1. Juan F. Castro, 2015. "Effects of early childhood development interventions on parental behaviour: evidence from a home-visiting programme in Peru," Working Papers 15-07, Centro de Investigación, Universidad del Pacífico.
    2. McCoy, Dana Charles & Salhi, Carmel & Yoshikawa, Hirokazu & Black, Maureen & Britto, Pia & Fink, Günther, 2018. "Home- and center-based learning opportunities for preschoolers in low- and middle-income countries," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 44-56.
    3. Janeli Kotzé, 2015. "The readiness of the South African education system for a pre-Grade R year," Working Papers 15/2015, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.
    4. Victor Lavy & Giulia Lotti & Zizhong Yan, 2016. "Empowering Mothers and Enhancing Early Childhood Investment: Effect on Adults Outcomes and Children Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills," NBER Working Papers 22963, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Jef L. Leroy & Paola Gadsden & Maite Guijarro, 2012. "The impact of daycare programmes on child health, nutrition and development in developing countries: a systematic review," Journal of Development Effectiveness, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(3), pages 472-496, September.
    6. Gabriella Conti & James J. Heckman, 2012. "The Economics of Child Well-Being," NBER Working Papers 18466, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Elisa Failache & Noemí Katzkowicz, 2019. "Desarrollo infantil en Uruguay: una aproximación a sus determinantes (Childhood development: An approach to its determinants)," Revista Desarrollo y Sociedad, Universidad de los Andes - CEDE, vol. 83(2), pages 55-104, September.
    8. repec:ecr:col070:44985 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Child development; early stimulation; mothers; parenting; developing countries.;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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