ONLINE CONFERENCE: Regional Network to Measure Childhood Development – Advances Made in the Agenda for Measuring Early Childhood in Latin America


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Having systems for measuring childhood development is fundamental for the formulation of plans and programs of action in the region that will make it possible for every country to be more efficient in resource management. The Regional Network to Measure Childhood Development (REMDI) is a regional network of specialists that seeks to promote and facilitate current and future surveying efforts so that all Latin American countries have clear, technically sound mechanisms for evaluating childhood development at the national level which allows for comparisons between countries as well as between population subgroups within a country.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for timely information on the status of early childhood development in the countries of the region has become essential to make informed decisions and respond to possible learning losses that have resulted from this crisis.

This conference, convened by REMDI, will present the work that the network has spearheaded in the last two years while exploring the advances made in measuring early childhood development in the region. This event will be held over the course of two days on September 29 and 30, 2021.  

Follow this event on Twitter at #ConferenciaREMDI and @PrealEd

We invite participants to send questions through the Q&A function on Zoom.

This event will be held in Spanish. 




10:00 AM – 10:15 AM



Ariel Fiszbein, Inter-American Dialogue


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Welcome: Introduction of the Regional Network for Measuring Early Childhood Development (REMDI)


Cecilia Sena, Ministry of Social Development (MIDES), Uruguay


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

First Session: Early Childhood Development and the National Statistics Systems – Where Are We Today? A Conversation with Authorities Working with Statistics


Juan Daniel Oviedo, National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), Colombia

Teresa Shamah, National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico  

Fiorella Di Landri, National Institute for Statistics (INE), Uruguay

Roxana Muñoz, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Chile

Moderator: Horacio Coral, DANE, Colombia


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Second Session: How Can Academia Contribute to Advancing the Agenda? 


Paula Bedregal, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile

Antonio Rizzoli, Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez

Tiago Munhoz, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), Epidemiological Research Center, Brazil

Moderator: Jeanet Leguas, Chile Crece Contigo, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Chile


12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Third Session: Advances of the Global Scale for Early Development (GSED) as a Regional Instrument


Michelle Peréz, Presents on (GSED)

Moderator: Brenda González, National System for the Protection of Girls, Boys and Adolescents (SIPINNA), Mexico



10:00 AM – 10:05 AM



Horacio Coral, DANE, Colombia


10:05 AM – 11:00 AM

First Session: The Impact of the Pandemic on Early Childhood Development: Implications and the Urgency to Measure Short- and Medium-Term Development


Raúl Mercer, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Argentina

Gabriela Guerrero, Development Analysis Group (GRADE), Peru

Moderator: Mónica Rubio, UNICEF LACRO


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Second Session: Governance and Development of Institutional Capacities for Measuring Early Childhood Development


Experience with the Survey of Nutrition, Child Development, and Health (ENDIS): Giorgina Garibotto, MIDES, Uruguay

Experience with the Longitudinal Survey of Colombia (ELCO): Juan Daniel Oviedo, DANE, Colombia

Experience with the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey (ELPI): Jenny Encina, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Chile

Argelia Vázquez, National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Mexico

Moderator: Gabriela Sánchez, OEI, Chile


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Closing Conference Panel


Martin Lema, MIDES, Uruguay

Patricia Muñoz García, Defensoría de la Niñez Representative, Chile

Carolina Salgado, Presidential Council for Children and Adolescents, Colombia

Moderator: Ariel Fiszbein, Inter-American Dialogue



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This event is organized by REMDI, coordinated by Uruguay Crece Contigo, Ministry of Social Development, Uruguay; DANE, Colombia; Chile Crece Contigo, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Chile; SIPINNA, Mexico; and the Inter-American Dialogue. If you have any questions about the network, please email  



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