ERIC Number: ED328337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Early Child Development. Innocenti Global Seminar (Florence, Italy, June 12-30, 1989). Summary Report.
The first Innocenti Global Seminar, which was sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), investigated the topic of Early Child Development (ECD). This summary report focuses on the three objectives of the seminar, which were to: (1) review critical issues in the field of child development so as to provide a rationale for investing in ECD programs; (2) examine stategies for the design, implementation, and evaluation of ECD activities, and review UNICEF-supported initiatives; and (3) explore issues in program implementation. To meet the first objective, research on prenatal development, and infant capacities and patterns of interaction, was reviewed. Biological, behavioral, and social factors were examined. For the second objective, a five-category model of ECD programs was delineated. Topics included increased program coverage, funding problems, methods of creating political will, the role of media in promoting ECD, program quality control, training of ECD personnel, and monitoring of programs. Successes and constraints of ECD programs in India, Benin, Nepal, Colombia, and Kenya were appraised. Efforts to address the third objective focused on policy implications; programming challenges; and the contributions of UNICEF. References number 57. Appended are the agenda, a list of participants and speakers, lists of resources and reading materials, and related items. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Health, Developing Nations, Developmental Programs, Early Childhood Education, Economic Factors, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Infants, Intervention, Mass Media Role, Nutrition, Poverty, Program Development, Young Children
Programme Publications, UNICEF House, Room 128, Three United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Benin; Colombia; Early Childhood Development Programs; India; International Surveys; Kenya; Nepal; UNICEF; World Health Organization