Special Issue "Child Development in Latin America"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lisa Boyce
Guest Editor
Human Development and Family Studies Department, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322, USA
Interests: global and public health; early child development; developmental interventions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While much progress has been made in Latin America, approximately 3.6 million 3–4-year-old children living in Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk of failing to reach their developmental potential and almost 6 million children under the age of 5 experience chronic malnutrition (UNICEF, 2016). Early child development (ECD) has been widely recognized as laying the foundation for future health, academic, and economic outcomes. As such, ECD is included in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund have launched the Nurturing Care Framework for ECD. Early childhood interventions in many different countries have been shown to be effective in reducing mortality, health inequalities, undernutrition, and child neglect and abuse. Early childhood interventions have also been associated with positive parenting practices and improved child health, cognitive, language, and social–emotional outcomes. ECD intervention strategies are varied and address health, nutrition, early learning, and parenting. Few longitudinal studies in the Latin American region have studied how health and development in the first years of life affect future developmental outcomes related to learning and decision-making (Araujo and Schady, 2020). Research conducted to identify the risk and protective factors associated with positive child outcomes within Latin American countries can be used to guide the development and implementation of effective early childhood interventions for specific communities.

A greater understanding of the geographical and demographic factors as well as the social, ethnic, religious, and cultural processes within Latin American countries that influence ECD is essential for recognizing areas of strength and developing effective, meaningful interventions to promote optimal development. Evaluation results from high-quality ECD interventions in Latin America would also inform efforts for developing targeted interventions for specific populations. In this Special Issue, we seek submissions from diverse disciplines that make novel contributions to our understanding of the diversity of contexts in which early child development takes place and the associated outcomes in Latin America. Both reviews and original research will be considered for publication. Examples include, but are not limited to, the relationships between the risk and protective factors and diverse child outcomes, the validation of assessment tools, the evaluation results from innovative interventions, and longitudinal studies of developmental outcomes within or across Latin American countries.

Dr. Lisa Boyce
Guest Editor

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  • ethnicity
  • risk and protective factors
  • early childhood
  • intervention
  • Latin America

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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