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Improving parenting practices for early child development: Experimental evidence from Rwanda

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  • Patricia Justino
  • Marinella Leone
  • Pierfrancesco Rolla
  • Monique Abimpaye
  • Caroline Dusabe
  • Diane Uwamahoro
  • Richard Germond

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This paper investigates the short- and medium-term impact of a randomized group-based early child development programme targeting parents of children aged six to 24 months in a poor, rural district of Rwanda. The programme engaged parents through sessions that included a radio show and facilitated discussions during 17 weekly village-level meetings. Twelve months after baseline, children's communication, problem-solving, and personal social skills improved in treated groups.

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  • Patricia Justino & Marinella Leone & Pierfrancesco Rolla & Monique Abimpaye & Caroline Dusabe & Diane Uwamahoro & Richard Germond, 2020. "Improving parenting practices for early child development: Experimental evidence from Rwanda," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2020-72, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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