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Educating and empowering caregivers of very young children: A case from India

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Hands to Hearts International (HHI) reaches the world's neediest children -- at the most critical time of zero to three —by educating and empowering caregivers with simple, applicable and culturally relevant knowledge. HHI has demonstrated success educating some of the world’s most marginalized women in India and Uganda. They in turn have improved their children’s early development, health, and nutrition, regardless of their resources or even literacy. HHI’s program strives to improve the emotional attachment of infants to their caregivers, stimulating cognitive development, and ensuring nutritional and physical health. These build a healthy base for all future relationships and societal successfor children and their communities. HHI has constructed a simple, yet powerful base curriculum on very early childhood development, it includes: four domains of development, nutrition, health/hygiene/sanitation, and other critical information. HHI utilizes a highly interactive teaching methodology, led by locally certified women trainers, who address local customs and apply cultural wisdom. Of critical importance is that the curriculum emphasizes what caregivers in any circumstances can do to support children’s development. There is significant evidence that HHI’s education in India has created impressive results in terms of women’s empowerment and child health, nutritional status and even lowered mortality. It has been embraced by communities and the women involved because it is relevant and valuable to their daily lives. It creates a self-sustaining positive feedback loop, where the new actions by the caregiver prompt new responses by the child, and these positively reinforce each other.
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Peterson, Laura. "Educating and empowering caregivers of very young children: A case from India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493713_index.html>

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Peterson, L. "Educating and empowering caregivers of very young children: A case from India" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493713_index.html

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Abstract: Hands to Hearts International (HHI) reaches the world's neediest children -- at the most critical time of zero to three —by educating and empowering caregivers with simple, applicable and culturally relevant knowledge. HHI has demonstrated success educating some of the world’s most marginalized women in India and Uganda. They in turn have improved their children’s early development, health, and nutrition, regardless of their resources or even literacy. HHI’s program strives to improve the emotional attachment of infants to their caregivers, stimulating cognitive development, and ensuring nutritional and physical health. These build a healthy base for all future relationships and societal successfor children and their communities. HHI has constructed a simple, yet powerful base curriculum on very early childhood development, it includes: four domains of development, nutrition, health/hygiene/sanitation, and other critical information. HHI utilizes a highly interactive teaching methodology, led by locally certified women trainers, who address local customs and apply cultural wisdom. Of critical importance is that the curriculum emphasizes what caregivers in any circumstances can do to support children’s development. There is significant evidence that HHI’s education in India has created impressive results in terms of women’s empowerment and child health, nutritional status and even lowered mortality. It has been embraced by communities and the women involved because it is relevant and valuable to their daily lives. It creates a self-sustaining positive feedback loop, where the new actions by the caregiver prompt new responses by the child, and these positively reinforce each other.


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