IN SEEKING TO meet the global need for effective Early Childhood Parenting initiatives, The University of the West Indies, Mona has taken its creativity to the world via a research-driven parenting package: Reach Up: An Early Childhood Parenting Programme. The programme, implemented via the Child Development Research Group in the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) aims to ensure that more children globally will be able to access an initiative that promotes early stimulation and offers numerous long-standing benefits.
At the core of Reach Up’s mandate is a strategic approach to help countries worldwide (particularly those with more vulnerable rural and urban populations) bridge the gap between those children who are entering primary level institutions with the necessary educational and social capabilities and those who are not.
Already being implemented in several countries such as Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Madagascar and Peru, there are plans to set it up in countries such as Guatemala and China.
Although the model has been in development for a number of years, the Reach Up: An Early Childhood Parenting Programme was formally launched on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC with the support of Grand Challenges Canada, and hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank. Since the launch, the Reach Up team has been kept busy training personnel from Zimbabwe with a plan to implement it in that country next.
A global approach to parenting
In keeping with its global approach to parenting, Reach Up announced at its launch that several aspects of the programme would become available in digital formats globally. In this way, it is believed that the benefits derived under the programme will become more accessible to those who need it the most. The programme will therefore provide agencies with a comprehensive set of materials to support parents in providing a more stimulating environment for their children, improving quality interaction and facilitating learning.
The resources include:
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