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Early Childhood Stimulation Interventions in Developing Countries: A Comprehensive Literature Review

  • Baker-Henningham, Helen

    ()

    (University of the West Indies, Mona)

  • López Bóo, Florencia

    ()

    (Inter-American Development Bank)

This report reviews the effectiveness of early childhood stimulation interventions in developing countries. The report aims to answer the questions: What works in terms of early stimulation for young children in developing countries? For whom and under what conditions do these programs work and why do they work. The report is divided into several sections. Firstly, a brief discussion of the importance of early stimulation for young children in developing countries is provided. Secondly, the methods used to identify and characterize studies are provided and a review of randomized or quasi-experimental trials is presented. Thirdly, a review of the evidence for who benefits most from early interventions is presented followed by a review of program characteristics that affect the success of interventions and an examination of potential mechanisms through which interventions achieve their effects. Finally, recommendations for practice and future research are provided.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5282.

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Length: 73 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Publication status: published as 'Intervenciones de estimulación infantil temprana en los países en vías de desarrollo: lo que funciona, por qué y para quién' in: Económica, 2014, 60, 120-186
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5282
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