The Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund is an alliance to finance, design, implement and evaluate innovative and scalable solutions to improve the lives of children in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Fund benefits children from zero to five years old (and their families) in the most disadvantaged populations of the region.
The Fund is coordinated and administered by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in alliance with the FEMSA Foundation, the María Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Porticus and with the support of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation. Currently, there is a portfolio of 25 projects located in 10 countries.
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Mid-term impact of access to childcare: Rio de Janeiro’s evidence
While the coverage of child care centers has expanded enormously in the region, there is little evidence about medium- and long-term benefits for children.
- Access to centers, Cognitive development, Language development, Quality of the centers, Socio-emotional development
Brazil / Rio de Janeiro
Assess the medium-term effects of access to childcare for poor children in Rio de Janeiro.
Attending childcare at age 0-3 increased primary school attendance 9 years later.
- IDB: Early Childhood Development (ECD) Innovation Fund
- Early Childhood Development (ECD) Innovation Fund, BR-T1397 : Medium-Term Impacts of Access to Daycare on School Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Rio de Janeiro, Technical Note: Medium-Term Impacts of Access to Daycare on School Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Rio de Janeiro
Preschool education attendance and quality: Empowering parents through information)
16,000 fathers, mothers, caregivers
Although preschool education has been compulsory in Uruguay since 2015, absenteeism is three times higher than it is in primary school. Data from surveys and focus groups suggest that absences are related to preventable factors (such as planned trips on school days or scheduling medical appointments during school hours), suggesting that parents underestimate the importance of constant attendance at preschool.
Family support program, Behavioral sciences
- Access and coverage, Cognitive development, Language development, Physical well-being and motor development, Quality of services, Socio-emotional development
- Advanced stage
Promote child development by increasing the quality and attendance of preschool education through greater involvement of parents and caregivers.
Large reduction in absenteeism and improvement in some measures of cognitive development, although only for children near the median of the baseline attendance rate distribution.
- IDB: Early Childhood Innovation Fund, Innovations for Poverty Action, Consejo Educación Inicial y Primaria (CEIP), Ministerio de Educación y Cultura de Uruguay (MEC), Centro Interdisciplinario en Cognición para la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje (CICEA)
- Fondo de Innovación DIT: Una Alianza para los Niños de América Latina y el Caribe, UR-T1194 : Asistencia y Calidad en la Educación Preescolar: Empoderando a los Padres a través de la Información, Ciencias del comportamiento para mejorar la asistencia preescolar, How to Transform Childcare in Latin America, “Llévale al jardín”: Ciencias del comportamiento al servicio de la primera infancia, Working paper: Nudging Parents to Increase Preschool Attendance in Uruguay
Survive and Thrive – An evidence-based curriculum that can be adapted to support caregivers through group meetings in Boa Vista
6,000 parents interviewed
2,300 households receive home visits and 2,200 households participate in meetings
1,000 parents in control group meetings
80 percent of the beneficiaries were reached with this modality and got engaged with the program.
High neonatal mortality rates in Brazil and limited information on the content of home visits as a strategy to support vulnerable families and promote positive parenting practices.
Hybrid modality, Family Support Program
- Access and coverage, Caregiver development, Language development, Quality of services, Socio-emotional development
Brazil / Boa Vista
To improve children's development by integrating parenting activities with existing group meetings and evaluate a WhatsApp HM of a parenting program implemented during the pandemic.
Group-based parenting interventions improved child mortality and morbidity; Hybrid modality improved parenting practices and child development.
- IDB: Early Childhood Development (ECD) Innovation Fund, Grand Challenges Canada, Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal, Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Paulo
- Blog: Four Steps to Adapt a Child Development Program in Times of COVID-19, Blog: An Innovative Childhood Development Program against Adversity in Boa Vista, Brazil, Early Childhood Development (ECD) Innovation Fund, BR-T1389 : Delivering Parenting Interventions Via Group Meetings in Boa Vista., Boa Vista Early Childhood Intervention Program
A picture of the quality of services and development of childen under 3 years of age in Mexico
245 centers, 426 classrooms, 2115 households participated in the study.
In Mexico, 18% of children aged 36 to 59 months show inadequate development. The figure rises to 22% in the most vulnerable populations.
- Process quality, Quality of the environment, Quality of the centers
Diagnosis of the quality of public child care provision by type of provider and developmental level of children.
The diagnosis showed high levels of security and quality of the physical infrastructure. Opportunities were also detected to strengthen the quality of the processes.
- IDB, Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund
- Nuevo estudio busca diagnosticar la calidad de los servicios para la infancia en México, Fondo de Innovación DIT: Una Alianza para los Niños de América Latina y el Caribe, Resumen del proyecto, ME-T1384 : Desarrollo Infantil Temprano en Centros Públicos de Cuidado Infantiles in México