Publications | International


Engaging Fathers: Recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence

By Panter-Brick, C., Burgess, A., Eggerman, M., McAllister, F., Pruett, K. and Leckman, J. F. (2014).

"Evidence clearly points to the unique and significant role of the father right from the early stages of infancy" and "suggests that the involvement of both parents in intervention is likely, in most cases, to lead to more positive benefits for children." - P. Ramchandi & J. Iles.

Full text Journal Child Psychology & Psychiatry.

From Commentary: Getting fathers into parenting programmes – a reflection on Panter-Brick et al. (2014).


Strengthening systems for integrated early childhood development services: a cross-national analysis of governance

By Pia Rebello Britto, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Jan van Ravens, L. Angelica Ponguta, Maria Reyes, Soojin Oh, Roland Dimaya, Anna Maria Nieto, and Richard Seder (2014) 

While there has been substantial growth in early childhood development (ECD) services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is considerable inequity in their distribution and quality. The aim of this paper is to present findings from four countries, using a cross-national case study approach to explore governance mechanisms required to strengthen national systems of ECD services.

Full text Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.


Is early childhood relevant to peacebuilding?

by Diane Sunar et al. (2013)

Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) and Yale authors present findings from world experts who were polled to ascertain their agreement on the hypothesis that early childhood development (ECD) is a pathway to peace. 

Full text J Peacebuilding.



Resilience in child development – interconnected pathways to wellbeing

by Catherine Panter-Brick & James F. Leckman (Yale). (2013) 

"In our view, attention to interventions with synergistic effects across multiple systems...is one of the most exciting foci of research and practice in child development." - Authors 

Full text J Child Psychology and Psychiatry.



Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice

Edited by Sharon Abramowitz and Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale University). Foreword by Peter Piot. (2016)

"What happens when humanitarian intentions collide with the realities of humanitarian action? The editors present twelve engaging and provocative ethnographies of humanitarian practice, that invite immersion, deep reflection, and call for constructive dialogue between scholarship and humanitarian practice"—Unni Karunakara, International President (2010-2013), Médecins Sans Frontières.

Available UPenn Press.


The Importance of Being Little

What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups - by Erika Christakis

A former preschool teacher and director who has taught at the Yale Child Study Center, makes the case that “schooling and learning are often two different things.” She argues that preschool children would be better served if educators get “out of their way” by allowing for more play-based — and less formally scripted — educational experiences, and by creating less cluttered and visually demanding environments in which these naturally curious youngsters can explore and “think out loud.” Read more ...

Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families

Edited by James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Salah / Yale University  (2014)

Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. 

Available MIT Press.


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Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace

by Jennifer Heath (Editor), Ashraf Zahedi (Editor). (2014)

Chapter contribution by Yale professors, Drs. Catherine Panter-Brick & Mark Eggerman. 

The first volume that not only attempts to analyze the range of challenges facing Afghan children across class, gender, and region but also offers solutions to the problems they face. 

Available University of Texas Press.


Handbook of Early Child Development Research and its Impact on Global Policy

Edited by Pia Britto (Yale), Patrice Engle (Cal Poly State) & Charles Super (UConn). (2013)

“This handbook has become the bible for making ECD central to the post-2015 development agenda.” 

-R.H. Dame Tessa Jowell, DBE (Member of Parliament, London, UK)

Available Oxford Press.


Early Childhood & Families Conference | Early Childhood Peace Consortium Annual Meeting

11 June 2015 | The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Yale University and UNICEF hosted the first Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) annual conference in Istanbul, Turkey. This report is an outcome of the day-long conference and follow-up ECPC member meeting that focuses on ways in which the following key objectives were met: 

  • Presentation of academic evidence behind early childhood and peace building; 
  • Showcase of interventions that work for children and families; 
  • Plan a course of action to mobilize a global movement to invest in young children for sustainable peace; 
  • Organize strategies for the Consortium and outline its next steps.
 Downloadable report

Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) Launch | Full Report

By L. Angelica Ponguta, PhD, MPH, & Anna L. Zonderman, MPH from Yale University (2013)

The launch of Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) brought together over 140 partners from multiple sectors—including civil society, social and mass media, government, multi- and bilateral agencies, practice and academia—agencies and countries to “create a legacy of sustained peace drawing on the transformative power of early child development.” The ECPC established an unprecedented network and unified global stakeholders with goals in reducing and preventing violence against children, recognizing the transformative power of the early years, and incorporating the broader social context into the promotion and generation of evidence-based early childhood programming for social cohesion, justice, and peace.  Downloadable report.


Social Protection Programs and Early Childhood Development: Unexplored Potential

by Pia Britto, April Williamson, Travis Snow, Kedar Mankad (Yale). (2013)

Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) is a core program area for Plan International, in recognition of growing evidence from Plan’s own programs, as well as from around the world, that young children will only grow up to fulfill their potential when their rights to survival, protection, development, education and participation are guaranteed through integrated, quality and holistic early childhood programs. Downloadable report.


School Readiness and Transitions. A Companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual

by Pia Rebello Britto (Yale) and Maria Cristina Limlingan (Loyola Univ). (2012)

A companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual, this module provides guidance to policymakers, educators, programme professionals and practitioners on how to promote holistic early learning and development. Downloadable report.




Quality of Early Childhood Development Programs in Global Contexts Rationale for Investment, Conceptual Framework and Implications for Equity

by Pia Rebello Britto (Yale), Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Harvard), and Kimberly Boller (Mathematica Policy Research). (2011)

Across nations, Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs are of great interest to policymakers, service providers, and families. ECD programs are cross-cutting, often involving the health, education, child welfare, and other sectors, and their emphases shift over the early childhood years. In this paper, the authors propose equity as the construct central to the provision of ECD programs in an international context. Downloadable report.


Joined Hands: Better Childhood

by Pia Rebello Britto, Jan van Ravens and Liliana Angelica Ponguta (Yale). (2011)

Kosovo is moving forward with a keen interest in early childhood. This report presents the findings of an analytical study of the programs and policies in Kosovo that directly or indirectly impact the lives of young children and families. The purpose of this report is to suggest a set of Early Childhood Development (ECD) program and policy recommendations for Kosovo. Downloadable report.


Statue of siblings, Child Study Center garden. © 2013 N.S. Fallon