Number 6 , May 2015


Newsletter May - June

It has been said your path begins where you are born. And the cradle dictates your destiny and your development opportunities. This is the life story of thousands of children in Latin America and the Caribbean. We wonder: Could it be different? Can a child from a vulnerable context develop similarly t a wealthy child? We believe so. A nurturing home environment provides numerous benefits to a child’s development. If a child from a poor home benefitted from a more favorable family environment, their level of development would increase and start to reach the levels found in wealthier children. We have always suspected it, but evidence was missing. Now we know better. Now we have the numbers. Now we have PRIDI.

The Regional Project on Child Development Indicators (PRIDI) is an initiative of the Education Division from the Inter-American Development Bank that aims at measuring and producing high-quality data on the development of the youngest children of our region. After five years of work and research, PRIDI shows astounding results.

In this special edition of the newsletter of the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, we include blog posts written by Aimee Verdisco and Jennelle Thompson. The first one exposes the social importance of creating this program. The second post points out how a puppet helped the PRIDI team effectively evaluate children. And the last one describes two contrasting profiles of child development: A child from a disadvantaged home and another one who lives in a nurturing family environment.

Our specialists presented their main findings in the launch event of PRIDI. In this edition we show you three video presentations that reveal, with data and graphics, PRIDI’s contributions to the topic of Early Childhood Development.

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Over the course of the last five years, I have been working on a project to measure child development outcomes in four countries in Latin America. This may not sound like that big of a deal, or even that necessary. But it is. On both accounts.

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Can a puppet help children perform to their best?

Rocky wants some more. This time, can you give him 10 pieces of kibble and count them out loud as you put them in his plate? Mmm, yum yum yum. Rocky is happy, Just in case you are wondering what the heck is going on, Rocky is a puppet dog that PRIDI uses to approach the youngest children of Latin America children and his questions are actual items of PRIDI scales. So, now the evident follow-up question is… And what is PRIDI?

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Darwin and Harvey: Two Profiles in Child Development

Not all children of the four countries of PRIDI are developing properly, neither time nor in the way that will ensure their success in school and in life. By the time Darwin is five, just on the account of being in a richer household, he will be far ahead of Harvey. The gap between the two boys is equivalent to: 2 months in cognitive development, 9 months in motor skills, and 16 months in language development.

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PRIDI Presentations

What is PRIDI?

What is PRIDI? What does it measure? Why has this project come about? What is it different from other research? Meet with Rocky and Jennelle Thompson all this answers and more!

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PRIDI Instrumentation

Are these reliable data? Santigo tell us about quality methods applied in the development of PRIDI and instruments specially created to assess children in our region.

Video only in Spanish

PRIDI The results

The data of PRIDI indicates that the Child Development in the four participating countries is profoundly unequal. It is urgent to close this gap of inequality and PRIDI identifies one of the most important factors to achieve it: Homes with nurturing environments.

Aimee Verdisco explains all in detail in this presentation.

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