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Enriching the Home Environment of Low-Income Families in Colombia: A Strategy to Promote Child Development at Scale

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  • Orazio Attanasio
  • Sally Grantham-McGregor
  • Camila Fernández
  • Emla Fitzsimons
  • Marta Rubio-Codina
  • Costas Meghir

Abstract

This article outlines how a home visiting intervention in Colombia, delivered at scale through partnering with existing social welfare systems, successfully increased the variety of play materials and play activities in economically disadvantaged households with young children. The study shows that 18 months of weekly one-hour home visits resulted in significant behavioral changes in care-giving practices and improved certain aspects of children's home environments. Findings highlight a promising avenue to reduce socioeconomic gaps in child development at scale.

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  • Orazio Attanasio & Sally Grantham-McGregor & Camila Fernández & Emla Fitzsimons & Marta Rubio-Codina & Costas Meghir, 2013. "Enriching the Home Environment of Low-Income Families in Colombia: A Strategy to Promote Child Development at Scale," Mathematica Policy Research Reports b0c199dcfa574e38a92c66f49, Mathematica Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:b0c199dcfa574e38a92c66f498432658
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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. Miguel Urquiola, 2015. "Progress and challenges in achieving an evidence-based education policy in Latin America and the Caribbean," Latin American Economic Review, Springer;Centro de Investigaciòn y Docencia Económica (CIDE), vol. 24(1), pages 1-30, December.

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    Keywords

    Home environment; Low-income; Families; Colombia; Child development; Early childhood; Education;

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    • F - International Economics
    • Z - Other Special Topics

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