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Responsive parenting

A strategy to prevent violence

Publication date: 06/2014
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 122
ecm122coverThis edition of Early Childhood Matters addresses the theme of responsive parenting, and in particular the potential for responsive parenting programmes to reduce the incidence of violence against young children. Articles examine the state of research, experiences in adapting parenting programmes to new cultural contexts, and the experiences of particular projects, with contributions from Jordan, Jamaica, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Peru, Israel, Turkey and the United States.
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Living conditions

Children of seasonal migrant workers

Publication date: 12/2013
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 121
ecm121coverThis issue of Early Childhood Matters focuses on an almost invisible population – people who migrate seasonally in search of work, and their children. Often they live in poor quality temporary accommodation close to the work site, where children are exposed to risks of accidents and illness, and below the radar of local authorities meaning they can’t access services such as preschool, school and healthcare.

Articles explore the living conditions of seasonal migrant workers’ children, and experiences with programmes designed to improve those conditions. Contributions come from the United States, India, Turkey, Mexico, Nicaragua and Africa.

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Early learning

Learning begins early

Publication date: 06/2013
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 120
ecm120coverBy the time most kids start preschool, aged around 3, the most important building blocks for learning have already been put in place. That’s why this edition of Early Childhood Matters focuses on learning from birth to 3 years old. Articles examine how children learn in their first three years and survey what we know about current policies and interventions to promote learning in this age group. There are country contributions focusing on Brazil, Colombia and India among others, and articles addressing the role of fatherhood, potential uses of mobile technology in early learning, a Vygotskian perspective on the issue, and the WHO intervention “Care for Child Development”.
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Community violence

Community violence and young children: Making space for hope

Publication date: 11/2012
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 119
ECM119_coverThis edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the effects of community violence on young children. Articles explore the idea that violence shoud be thought of as a public health problem analogous to infectious disease; examine from a scientific perspective the impacts on children’s social, emotional and cognitive development of growing up in a violent community; share first-hand insights from children and caregivers; and explore various interventions, from the favelas of Recife to the inner cities of Chicago and Glasgow, which are offering a tangible sense of hope.
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Living conditions

The influence on young children’s health

Publication date: 07/2012
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 118
Living conditions: The influence on young children's healthThis edition of Early Childhood Matters explores the links between the living conditions that children grow up in and their health and development. Articles look at the effects of air pollution, the significance of accidents and how to prevent them, issues involved in designing child-friendly cities, the importance of access to nature for young children, and reaching young children by involving unemployed youth in building projects. It includes contributions from Uganda, Israel, India and Brazil, and an interview with Alexis Tsolakis on the living conditions of the Roma in Europe.
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Early Learning

Lessons from scaling up

Publication date: 11/2011
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 117
Early learning: Lessons from scaling upThis edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the question of how to scale up early learning provision without sacrificing quality. Articles consider lessons that can be learned from national-level experiences in South Africa, Kenya, the US, the UK, Macedonia, Cuba, Chile and Peru, as well as examining lessons at an organisational level with input from Reggio Emilia in the US, India’s SEWA, the Caribbean’s FDCC, ISSA in Central/Eastern Europe, and the OECD. Other articles discuss what “quality” means in the context of early education services, outline the World Bank’s new SABER-ECD tool to collect evidence on what works, and ask how interactive technology can help to scale up early learning. Printed copies can be pre-ordered and will be available soon.
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Domestic Violence

Hidden violence: Protecting young children at home

Publication date: 06/2011
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 116
Hidden violence: Protecting young children at homeViolence against young children is often hidden from view when it takes place in the home and the family. Articles in this issue of Early Childhood Matters explore the need for good data on how many children are affected, and for better evidence about what works to tackle violence in the home; among the strategies discussed in this issue are programmes to strengthen families, engage fathers in the early years and challenge social norms. Contributions include an interview with Maud de Boer-Buquicchio on the Council of Europe’s action plan; Professors Jack Shonkoff and Nathan Fox on the neuroscience of children’s exposure to violence in the home; Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative on violence against children, discussing what legislation can do; Chris Mikton on the WHO’s quest for evidence and UNICEF on their approach to violence in the home; and contributions from the Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, Uganda and Peru among others.
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Urban settings

Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunities

Publication date: 12/2010
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 115
Young children in cities: Challenges and opportunitiesThis edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at young children’s experiences of growing up in urban settings. A quarter of the world’s children live in poor urban settlements – a fact which presents opportunities to deliver accessible services cost-effectively, but also poses many challenges. The challenges explored in these articles include violence in Venezuela and Mexico, fear of “stranger danger” in Australia, domestic violence and space to play in Rotterdam, involving communities in Peru and Brazil, social structures of the European Roma, and emergency response in Nairobi. The articles feed into an understanding of one of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s programming goals, to improve young children’s physical environments – in this case, the various root characteristics of urban  environments that impact the physical and mental development of young children throughout their lives.
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Setting agenda

Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environment

Publication date: 08/2010
Author: Various
Series: Early Childhood Matters No 114
Setting our agenda on early learning, violence and physical environmentThis edition of Early Childhood Matters offers a first introduction to the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s thinking as we flesh out our new goals for the period 2010 to 2015. In a keynote article programme director Michael Feigelson explains the foundation’s preliminary thinking behind each of the new goals – why they excite us, and what we hope to achieve. The other articles explore various aspects of the new goals and include contributions from the Wolfensohn Centre, WHO and UNICEF; an interview with UN special representative on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais; and country-specific insights from Brazil, the Netherlands and Turkey.
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