Supporting children and families in low and middle income countries

Jessica Ball, MPH, Ph.D.

Project background

International organizations occasionally draw upon ECDIP team expertise to contribute to studies of the conditions, needs, and goals of children in low- and middle-income countries. These studies are collaborative and typically address learning and development in the early years. The project area overlaps with studies of multilingual education, forced migration, and children whose parents work in a foreign country. A seminal study in this project area was a scoping review of the emerging early childhood care and development (ECCD) sector in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Another study involved a collaboration with leading world educators on how to advance literacy, numeracy and higher order thinking skills among children from 3 to 12 years old in low- and middle-income countries.


Brookings Center for Universal Education, USA
Open Society Foundations, London


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