Start date (flexible): 25 February 2021
This is a seven week self-paced online course (1–3 hours per week). It begins 25 February 2021, although you can enroll after this date. It starts with a review of basic early childhood development concepts and successful implementation programmes around the world. We learn why some programmes succeed where others do less well and what strategies are key for enabling widespread adaptation of quality programming. For those working around the world in early childhood development programmes, this course allows you to reflect and evaluate your own organization by reviewing real-world case successes, as well as a new global perspective from other learners. You will complete the course with new plans and ideas ready to implement within your programme.
Aisha Yousafzai (Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) and Pia Britto (UNICEF) will introduce you to real-world experts in programmes, policy and research, including Dr. Marquita Davis, Deputy Director of Early Learning at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaking about Head Start; Dr. Christine Powell from the Caribbean Institute for Health Research at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica speaking about Reach Up; Sumitra Mishra, Executive Director of Mobile Creches speaking about Mobile Creches; Sabrina Habib, the co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer at Kidogo speaking about Kidogo; Ayah Younis, writer and illustrator in Jordan from Ahlan Simsim; Marie Louise Samuels, former Director of Early Childhood Development in the Department of Basic Education in South Africa, speaking about Grade R; and Claudia Andrea Zamora Reszczynski, specialist in the national team of Chile Crece Contigo at the Ministry of Social Development and Family of Chile speaking about Chile Crece Contigo.
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Host organization: Harvard University, UNICEF