Promoting Early Childhood Development Through Combining Cash Transfers and Parenting Programs


In this webinar, we discussed the potential for bringing together cash transfer and parenting programs focused on child stimulation to boost child development, particularly for children ages 0–3 years. The discussion was based in a recently published paper that reviews the rationale for linking both types of programs and the evidence to date on the impact of cash transfer programs, parenting programs, and their combination.

Presenters have summarized key conclusions from the review of 10 examples of combining cash transfer and parenting interventions and talked about four models for structuring the combination: integrated, convergence, alignment, and piggy-backing. They also highlighted promising evidence for combining the interventions, where adding the parenting program to the cash transfer program has improved some parental practices and child development outcomes, with results in cognition and language.


Laura Rawlings, Lead Social Protection Specialist, World Bank

Julieta Trias, Economist, World Bank

Melissa Zumaeta-Aurazo, Consultant, World Bank


Joan Lombardi, Director, Early Opportunities LLC