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Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families

Edited by James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Salah / Yale University

Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. Available at MIT Press here.

Engaging Fathers: Recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence

By Panter-Brick, C., Burgess, A., Eggerman, M., McAllister, F., Pruett, K. and Leckman, J. F. (2014).

Full text Journal Child Psychology & Psychiatry here

"Evidence clearly points to the unique and significant role of the father right from the early stages of infancy" and "suggests that the involvement of both parents in intervention is likely, in most cases, to lead to more positive benefits for children." - P. Ramchandi & J. Iles.

From Commentary: Getting fathers into parenting programmes – a reflection on Panter-Brick et al. (2014). Full text here

Strengthening systems for integrated early childhood development services: a cross-national analysis of governance

By Pia Rebello Britto, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jan van Ravens, L. Angelica Ponguta, Maria Reyes, Soojin Oh, Roland Dimaya, Anna Maria Nieto, and Richard Seder (2014)

While there has been substantial growth in early childhood development (ECD) services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is considerable inequity in their distribution and quality. The aim of this paper is to present findings from four countries, using a cross-national case study approach to explore governance mechanisms required to strengthen national systems of ECD services.

Full text Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences here

Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace

by Jennifer Heath (Editor), Ashraf Zahedi (Editor). (2014)

Chapter contribution by Yale professors, Drs. Catherine Panter-Brick & Mark Eggerman.

The first volume that not only attempts to analyze the range of challenges facing Afghan children across class, gender, and region but also offers solutions to the problems they face. Available University of Texas Press here.

Is early childhood relevant to peacebuilding?

by Diane Sunar et al. (2013)

Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) and Yale authors present findings from world experts who were polled to ascertain their agreement on the hypothesis that early childhood development (ECD) is a pathway to peace.

Full text J Peacebuilding & Dev here

Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) Launch / Full Report

By L. Angelica Ponguta, PhD, MPH, & Anna L. Zonderman, MPH from Yale University (2013)

The launch of Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) brought together over 140 partners from multiple sectors—including civil society, social and mass media, government, multi- and bilateral agencies, practice and academia—agencies and countries to “create a legacy of sustained peace drawing on the transformative power of early child development.” The ECPC established an unprecedented network and unified global stakeholders with goals in reducing and preventing violence against children, recognizing the transformative power of the early years, and incorporating the broader social context into the promotion and generation of evidence-based early childhood programming for social cohesion, justice, and peace. Full report available here.

For more information, please visit ECPC online here.

Social Protection Programs and Early Childhood Development: Unexplored Potential

by Pia Britto, April Williamson, Travis Snow, Kedar Mankad (Yale). (2013)

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is a core program area for Plan International, in recognition of growing evidence from Plan’s own programs, as well as from around the world, that young children will only grow up to fulfill their potential when their rights to survival, protection, development, education and participation are guaranteed through integrated, quality and holistic early childhood programs.

Download Yale/Plan report here

Handbook of Early Child Development Research and its Impact on Global Policy

Edited by Pia Britto (Yale), Patrice Engle (Cal Poly State) & Charles Super (UConn). (2013)

“This handbook has become the bible for making ECD central to the post-2015 development agenda.”

-R.H. Dame Tessa Jowell, DBE (Member of Parliament, London, UK)

Available from Oxford Press here.

Resilience in child development – interconnected pathways to wellbeing

by Catherine Panter-Brick & James F. Leckman (Yale). (2013)

"In our view, attention to interventions with synergistic effects across multiple one of the most exciting foci of research and practice in child development." - Authors

Full text J Child Psychology and Psychiatry here

School Readiness and Transitions. A Companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual

by Pia Rebello Britto (Yale) and Maria Cristina Limlingan (Loyola Univ). (2012)

A companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual, this module provides guidance to policymakers, educators, programme professionals and practitioners on how to promote holistic early learning and development.

Download the UNICEF report here

Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts Rationale for Investment, Conceptual Framework and Implications for Equity

by Pia Rebello Britto (Yale), Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Harvard), and Kimberly Boller (Mathematica Policy Research). (2011)

Across nations, Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs are of great interest to policymakers, service providers, and families. ECD programs are cross-cutting, often involving the health, education, child welfare, and other sectors, and their emphases shift over the early childhood years. In this paper, the authors propose equity as the construct central to the provision of ECD programs in an international context.

Download the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) report here

Joined Hands: Better Childhood

by Pia Rebello Britto, Jan van Ravens and Liliana Angelica Ponguta (Yale). (2011)

Kosovo is moving forward with a keen interest in early childhood. This report presents the findings of an analytical study of the programs and policies in Kosovo that directly or indirectly impact the lives of young children and families. The purpose of this report is to suggest a set of Early Childhood Development (ECD) program and policy recommendations for Kosovo.

Download the UNICEF report here