The Peruvian Strategy "Early Childhood First"
Investment in the early years of life is one of the most profitable as well as cost-effective public policy actions that a country can take to stop transmission of intergenerational poverty, close inequality gaps, and to promote the development of its inhabitants.
The policy guidelines "Early Childhood First" describe a set of interventions to promote the achievement of the seven outcomes that girls and boys under the age of 6 must meet to obtain an integral development of all their capacities and potentialities. These results are: (i) healthy birth, (ii) secure attachment, (iii) adequate nutritional status, (iv) effective oral communication, (v) walking alone, (vi) regulation of emotions and behaviors, and (vii) symbolic function. Two of these results, Healthy Birth and Adequate Nutritional Status, together with policies to tackle anemia, are linked to the reduction of chronic malnutrition in children.
This webinar presented Peru’s comprehensive strategy “Early Childhood First”, which comprises the implementation of evidence-based and outcome-oriented social policies coupled with territorial management strategies and supported by a strong political commitment. Together, these have been the key success factors for achieving significant progress in reducing chronic child malnutrition since 2008.
Ariela Luna - Vice Minister of Policy and Social Evaluation, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion
Magaly Noblega – Researcher on child socio-emotional development at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP)
Nora Sieverding - German Development Cooperation (GIZ)