Early stimulation and nutrition: The impacts of a scalable intervention

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Early stimulation and nutrition : The impacts of a scalable intervention. / Attanasio, Orazio; Baker-Henningham, Helen; Bernal, Raquel; Meghir, Costas; Pineda, Diana; Rubio-Codina, Marta.

In: NBER Working Paper Series, 17.09.2018.

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Attanasio, O, Baker-Henningham, H, Bernal, R, Meghir, C, Pineda, D & Rubio-Codina, M 2018, 'Early stimulation and nutrition: The impacts of a scalable intervention', NBER Working Paper Series. https://doi.org/10.3386/w25059

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Attanasio, O., Baker-Henningham, H., Bernal, R., Meghir, C., Pineda, D., & Rubio-Codina, M. (2018). Early stimulation and nutrition: The impacts of a scalable intervention. NBER Working Paper Series. https://doi.org/10.3386/w25059

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Attanasio O, Baker-Henningham H, Bernal R, Meghir C, Pineda D, Rubio-Codina M. 2018. Early stimulation and nutrition: The impacts of a scalable intervention. NBER Working Paper Series. https://doi.org/10.3386/w25059

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Attanasio O, Baker-Henningham H, Bernal R, Meghir C, Pineda D, Rubio-Codina M. Early stimulation and nutrition: The impacts of a scalable intervention. NBER Working Paper Series. 2018 Sep 17. https://doi.org/10.3386/w25059

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Attanasio, Orazio ; Baker-Henningham, Helen ; Bernal, Raquel ; Meghir, Costas ; Pineda, Diana ; Rubio-Codina, Marta. / Early stimulation and nutrition : The impacts of a scalable intervention. In: NBER Working Paper Series. 2018.

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T1 - Early stimulation and nutrition

T2 - NBER Working Paper Series

AU - Attanasio, Orazio

AU - Baker-Henningham, Helen

AU - Bernal, Raquel

AU - Meghir, Costas

AU - Pineda, Diana

AU - Rubio-Codina, Marta

PY - 2018/9/17

Y1 - 2018/9/17

N2 - This paper evaluates the effects of the implementation of a structured early stimulation curriculum combined with a nutritional intervention through public large-scale parenting support services for vulnerable families in rural Colombia, known as FAMI, using a clustered randomized controlled trial. We randomly assigned 87 towns in rural areas to treatment and control and 1,460 children younger than 1 year of age were assessed at baseline. The interventions were also complemented with training, supervision and coaching of FAMI program facilitators. We assessed program effects on children’s nutritional status, and on cognitive and socio-emotional development; as well as on parental practices. The interventions had a positive and significant effect on a cognitive development factor based on the Bayley-III of 0.15 standard deviations. We also report a reduction of 5.8 percentage points in the fraction of children whose height-for-age is below -1 standard deviation. We do not find any effects on socio-emotional development. We report positive and statistically significant effects on the quality of the home environment (0.34 SD).

AB - This paper evaluates the effects of the implementation of a structured early stimulation curriculum combined with a nutritional intervention through public large-scale parenting support services for vulnerable families in rural Colombia, known as FAMI, using a clustered randomized controlled trial. We randomly assigned 87 towns in rural areas to treatment and control and 1,460 children younger than 1 year of age were assessed at baseline. The interventions were also complemented with training, supervision and coaching of FAMI program facilitators. We assessed program effects on children’s nutritional status, and on cognitive and socio-emotional development; as well as on parental practices. The interventions had a positive and significant effect on a cognitive development factor based on the Bayley-III of 0.15 standard deviations. We also report a reduction of 5.8 percentage points in the fraction of children whose height-for-age is below -1 standard deviation. We do not find any effects on socio-emotional development. We report positive and statistically significant effects on the quality of the home environment (0.34 SD).

U2 - 10.3386/w25059

DO - 10.3386/w25059

M3 - Article

JO - NBER Working Paper Series

JF - NBER Working Paper Series

SN - 0898-2937

ER -