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Building the Human Capital of Tomorrow - An Impact Evaluation of the Early Childhood Stimulation Program (English)

This policy note examines the status of Early Childhood Development (ECD) efforts in Bangladesh and presents the results of a rigorous impact evaluation of an ECD program. While Bangladeshi policymakers and their development partners are increasingly aware of the importance of ECD to the country's economic and social development objectives, empirical evidence of the effectiveness of individual ECD efforts remains limited. The impact evaluation, which focused on a set of ECD interventions implemented as part of Save the Children's Early Childhood Stimulation (ECS) program, was conducted between 2013 and 2015. The program was designed to improve parental knowledge of good childrearing practices through the distribution of informational materials combined with parental counseling sessions. The ECS program was implemented in three rural districts located in Sylhet, Barisal and Chittagong divisions, and it built on an existing community-clinic project implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Details

  • Author

    Nomura,Shinsaku, Matsuda,Norihiko

  • Document Date

    2017/02/16

  • Document Type

    Working Paper

  • Report Number

    ACS20849

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Bangladesh,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2017/03/22

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Building the Human Capital of Tomorrow - An Impact Evaluation of the Early Childhood Stimulation Program

  • Keywords

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Nomura,Shinsaku Matsuda,Norihiko

Building the Human Capital of Tomorrow - An Impact Evaluation of the Early Childhood Stimulation Program (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/264971490208356065/Building-the-Human-Capital-of-Tomorrow-An-Impact-Evaluation-of-the-Early-Childhood-Stimulation-Program