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Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts - This article argues for a greater emphasis on quality to truly achieve more equity in early childhood services in low- and middle-income (LAMI) countries. The authors assert that while more work on expanding access remains to be done, international and national efforts to improve young children’s well-being in these nations need to increase their attention to the quality of early childhood services. Further, attempts to do this cannot merely transfer existing tools and strategies from economically advanced countries. They have to be sensitive to differences in early childhood settings, governance structures and cultural values and beliefs. (Society for Research in Child Development, 2011)...

Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Child Well-Being: Lessons from Britain - This brief suggests that the decade-long commitment to reducing child poverty in the United Kingdom since 1999 has yielded positive results such as reduction of the child poverty rate by 50%. The brief compares child poverty trends between the U.K. and the U.S. and the key components of the U.K. anti-poverty effort. The author also includes recommendations for American policy makers to decrease child poverty in the U.S. (Jane Waldfogel, First Focus, November 2010)...

The Impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on Five Year Olds and their Families - This evaluation of Sure Start shows that program participants, at age 5, compared to similar children who did not participate in the program, were healthier and less likely to be overweight. The participants’ home environments were also more stimulating and less chaotic, according to parents’ reports. However, when it came to cognitive and self-regulation skills, Sure Start children were no better than the comparison group at age 5. (United Kingdom Department of Education, November 2010)...

Doing Better for Children - This report compared 30 of the world's richest nations on six indicators of child well-being: maternal wellbeing, housing and environment, educational wellbeing, health and safety, risk behaviors and quality of school life. It found that the U.S. ranks no higher than 12th in any category and as low as 25th (educational wellbeing). It also found that the U.S. was particularly weak in health and safety (e.g., low birth weight, infant mortality, etc.). (OECD, September 2009)...


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