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Acknowledgments

This report benefited from the contributions of many people. Jacques van der Gaag advised me from the beginning on the content and form of the report. My sincerest thanks are due to colleagues from outside the Bank for their contributions: Carrie Auer (Save the Children Foundation), Kathy Bartlett (Age Khan Foundation), Jay Belsky (Pennsylvania State University), John Bennett (UNESCO), Netta Ben-Porath Bruno and Avima Lombard (Hebrew University), Judith Evans, Ellen llfeld, and Robert Myers (Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development), Cigdem Kagitcibasi (University of Turkey), Robert LeVine (Harvard University), Beryl Levinger (Academy for Educational Development), Ricardo Moran (Inter-American Development Bank), Kate Torkington (Bernard van Leer Foundation), Kate Walsh (Children's Resources International), David Weikart (High/Scope Educational Research Foundation), and Fred Wood (Save the Children). I have drawn liberally from their work and benefited from their suggestions. Special thanks go to Margaret Kajeckas, who helped prepare the country cases, and to Elizabeth Sherman, who worked with me from the beginning as writer and editor. Within the Bank, Martha Ainsworth, Jayshree Balachander, Jacques Baudouy, Lloyd Briggs, Bruce Carlson, Mariam Claeson, Joy Del Rosso, Marito Garcia, Betty Hanan, Stephen Heyneman, Althea Hill, Nuria Homedes, Robin Horn, Arun Joshi, Federico Joubert, David Klaus, Karen Lashman, Frans Lenglet, Antonio Lim, Judith McGuire, Eileen Nkwanga, Philip B. Okeefe, Juan Prawda, Joel Reyes, Miriam Schneidman, James Socknat, and Jane Thomas all contributed written materials and useful commentary. Because of the dedication in the field of Bank operations staff, whose work is reflected in part II of this report, I was able to showcase a wide variety of innovative early child development programs in the developing world. Preparation of the report was managed by Euna Osbourne of the Human Development Department. Heather Imboden and Christian Perez of American Writing Corporation laid out the text. Finally, the preparation and publication of this booklet were financed by the Norwegian Trust Fund. Many thanks to all of you.