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Niños Rural (Early Years)


The large gaps in well-being and development of children in their early years of life, especially among the most vulnerable households, are an extremely serious problem in Latin America. These gaps are at the core of the difficulties facing the region in generating sustainable and equitable development and limit the effectiveness of efforts to improve education and other investments in human development later in life.

Recognizing that the fundamental skills that define the ability to learn develop early in our lives, the Dialogue’s Education Program has initiated work in the area of Early Childhood Development (ECD). In collaboration with other multilateral and civic organizations, the Dialogue is leading a project to develop better policies and programs regarding ECD in Latin America. This initiative aims to help create an agenda based on best practices and to understand the existing challenges in the region.

Click below to learn more about our ECD initiatives.

An Agenda for Early Child Development 

Sao Paolo, Brazil

September 24-25, 2015

Measuring Early Childhood Development

Lima, Peru

September 2016

Improving the Quality of ECD Services

Washington, DC

February 28 & March 1, 2017


Publications on ECD

Dec. 14, 2016 – Measuring Early Childhood Development in Latin America – A. Fiszbein, G. Guerrero & V. Rojas
Feb. 17, 2016 – The Early Years: A Call for Action – Ariel Fiszbein (Blog)
October, 2015 – Agenda Regional para el Desarrollo en la Primera Infancia – C. Aulicino & G. Díaz Langou
September, 2015 – Políticas Públicas de Desarrollo Infantil en AL – C. Aulicino & G. Díaz Langou (Report)
Oct. 21, 2014 – Only High-Quality Early Education Programs Work – Ariel Fiszbein (Blog)
May 13, 2013 – U.S. Outlines Plan for Universal Early Education – PREAL (Blog)
Oct. 16, 2012 – Early Childhood Development for Human Capital Development – Eduardo Velez Bustillo (Blog)



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