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Latino Daily News

Monday May 28, 2012

Nicaragua to Invest $20 Million in Early Childhood Programs for Poorest Children

Nicaragua to Invest $20 Million in Early Childhood Programs for Poorest Children

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Nicaragua will support cognitive, motor, and social development of children under age six in the country’s poorest communities with the help of a $20 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The program’s objective is to improve comprehensive care for some 80,000 children under age six in 37 of the country’s municipalities through awareness campaigns and training of parents. The campaigns will seek to foster nutrition, health, education, and proper care for the children.

Another program objective is to involve the general population in promotion, access to services, and respect for rights of early childhood, as well as to improve the quality of care provided by public services. The program will also finance the repair of infrastructure and provide furniture and equipment for some 200 community centers.

Staff of the Ministry of Health and Education and the Ministry of Family, Youth, and Children will have the opportunity to earn diplomas in early childhood development to strengthen their skills in this area.

According to Nicaragua’s National Institute of Information for Development, only 9.4 percent of rural children under age six attain a high score in the Index of Early Childhood Welfare.