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close this bookEarly Child Development: Investing in the Future (WB)
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close this folderPart I. The theory
close this folderThe case for early intervention
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View the documentScientific basis
View the documentSocioeconomic returns
View the documentPolicy implications
close this folderApproaches to the development of young children
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View the documentProgram design options
View the documentPhasing the introduction of inputs
View the documentDesigning a program
View the documentWorking with NGOs and other agencies
close this folderPaying for child development programs
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View the documentDetermining the cost
View the documentFinancing the program
close this folderPart II. The practice
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentEducating parents
View the documentTraining caregivers
View the documentDelivering services to children
View the documentReforming formal education systems to include preschoolers
close this folderEducating through the mass media
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View the document1. Training children's first teachers in Israel
View the document2. Helping Parents Care for the Very Young in Israel
View the document3. Searching for the Best Care Model in Turkey
View the document4. Community Educators Working with Parents in Mexico
View the document5. Expanding Teacher Training Programs in Trinidad and Tobago
View the document6. Introducing New Teaching Approaches in the Former East Bloc
View the document7. Meeting the Increasing Need for Child Care in Kenya
View the document8. Giving Children a Head Start in the United States
View the document9. WIC Preventing Low-Birth-Weight Babies in the United States
View the document10. Community Centers Saving Children in India
View the document11. Rationalizing Kazakstan's Kindergarten System
View the document12. Expanding Services for Children in Guyana
View the document13. Planning to Meet the Needs of Children in the Philippines
View the document14. Experimenting with New Service Models in Chile
View the document15. Restoring Services for Children in El Salvador
View the document16. Addressing Basic Health and Education Needs in Venezuela
View the document17. Tuning in to Learn about Child Care in the Philippines
View the document18. Using Radio to Teach Caregivers and Kids in Bolivia
View the document19. Producing TV for Tots in Nigeria
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Training caregivers

It is erroneously assumed that anyone can take care of young children, despite the growing wealth of research confirming the importance of teacher training to the quality of the early childhood experience. Moreover, teachers are far too often regarded as custodians and dispensers of knowledge who must follow a centrally controlled curriculum regardless of local conditions or the efficacy of other forms of learning. Instead, teachers should be trained to distinguish aspects of the curriculum that can and should be changed to accommodate local customs from those that cannot be modified without seriously compromising the program's efficacy.