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Webinar: The Evidence Behind Early Childhood Development

April 27th, 2012    9:00 - 10:30 EST
The webinar explored the science behind early childhood development and will discuss current research on the impact of ECD programming.  The webinar also looked at new ways in which this research has been implemented in current programs and initiatives.
This webinar was intended for OVC implementers who are currently implementing ECD activities or are interested in incorporating ECD activities into their current programing. 
The full recording of the webinar is available by clicking here:

The presentations from the webinar are available here:

Dr. Lorraine Sherr: "Distinct Disadvantage"

Pablo Stansbery: "Promise of Preschool in Africa: Mozambique"

Kendra Blackett-Dibinga: "Holistically Addressing the Needs of Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS"

To find out more information on the Essential Package, please click here. 

Lorraine Sherr  is a Clinical Psychologist based at University College London. She has worked globally on HIV since the start of the epidemic with international projects in Europe, Africa and the Americas.  She has sat on the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee and provided reports and analysis for a wide range of HIV providers such as USAID, Save the Children, International AIDS Society, WHO, NORAD, World Vision, Unicef, Repssi and Riatt.  She has over 170 publications in peer reviewed journals, has coordinated and contributed to a wide range of research initiatives and written books or chapters in over 40 texts.  She is the editor of AIDSCare, Psychology Health and Medicine as well as Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies.  She currently sits on the Track D committee of the International AIDS Society Washington Conference and is a steering group member of the Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS.  She was co chair of the learning group on Families for the recent Joint Learning Initiative on children and AIDS (JLICA) and prepared a detailed review document for Save the Children underpinning their recent childrens initiative (Distinct Disadvantage).
Kendra Blackett-Dibinga is the Advisor, OVC at Save the Children in the Department of Child Protection and HIV and AIDS. She has over a decade of experience managing HIV/AIDS programs, which includes designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of programs for children affected by AIDS in East and Southern Africa. She was the co-facilitator of a 2 year process to develop an Essential Package for young children and their caregivers impacted by HIV and AIDS.  This initiative is currently being rolled out in East and Southern Africa to help improve the quality of care for young children affected by HIV and AIDS.  As the Project Director and Technical Advisor at Africare, Ms. Blackett-Dibinga managed a 4-country program known as the Community-Based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) Project. In addition to OVC expertise, she has experience supporting maternal and child health programs, and is well versed in multi-sectoral approaches to mitigate the impact the pandemic is having on children, caregivers and communities affected by AIDS.  Kendra holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Boston University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Pablo Stansbery
is currently the Sr. Director, Early Childhood Development for Save the Children. Before coming to Save the Children, Pablo worked for seven years as an independent consultant and research associate in the state of California, advising Head Start and other ECD programs. Pablo also has several years of experience in research and technical assistance in Latin America. He has an Ed.D. in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University and special expertise in school readiness, maternal and infant health, and cultural influences on child rearing practices and perceptions of social services.