Investing in Young Children

August 2010 – The World Bank Group published Investing in Young Children: An Early Childhood Development Guide for Policy Dialogue and Project Preparation. This guide presents lessons and experiences that have been useful in informing the policy debate about ECD interventions around the world. It fills a gap in the literature by 1) distilling existing information in a user-friendly format of short notes, 2) providing practical information on recently relevant ECD topics, such as measuring child development outcomes through the identification and adaptation of relevant instruments, conditional cash transfers for families with young children, and so on, and 3) assessing the quality of the latest evidence on each topic and identifying the knowledge gaps for which additional experimentation and evaluation are required.