ERIC Number: ED438096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Integrated Child Development in Rural China.
Xie, Qing; Young, Mary Eming
Since two thirds of the country's children reside in the countryside, improving child development services in rural areas is one of China's most pressing concerns. This report details the current situation of children in rural and urban China and identifies problems related to child development. The report also presents evidence of the effect of investment in interventions targeted to the early years, assesses the socioeconomic development of such investment, and outlines a program of interventions in both health and education to improve the outcomes for children in rural China. The proposed program calls for an information campaign to educate rural parents about infant care and development, preparation of children for school, and adequate and appropriate nutrition for young children. Interventions in the early years of life (ages 0-6) have the best chance of permanently enhancing children's cognitive skills, personality, and social attitudes and behavior. Early childhood education programs attack a root cause of poverty by helping to provide poor rural children (especially girls) with a fair start. (Contains 28 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Development, Children, Foreign Countries, Parent Education, Preschool Education, Rural Areas
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: China