Dr. Theresa Betancourt, Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, joins host Yale student, Frank Boudon. Dr. Betancourt discusses how she became involved in research on children and conflict, expounds upon the successes and challenges of her work, and offers insights about the policy and research goals we should prioritize in the future.
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Despite the unequivocal scientific evidence in support of early childhood development (ECD), over 200 million young children across the globe are not achieving their potential. The majority of the world’s children live in developing countries and they continue to bear the greatest burden of poverty, disease, and conflict situations. The need to take hold and turn these world conditions on an axis is clear; despite tremendous scientific advancements, progress has been slow in adopting these children into international policies that can potentially make a difference in their lives, globally.
The international early childhood development and policy initiatives being led by the Child Study Center and a multi-disciplinary faculty team at Yale University, are in response to this clear and urgent need. The goals of this work have been motivated by poor developmental outcomes for young children, globally, and the incredible scientific evidence that is being generated to ameliorate these outcomes. These initiatives endeavor to bring the evidence to bear an effect upon the formulation, implementation and analysis of international development frameworks and national-level social and public policies that impact the lives of young children.
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