Early Childhood Development

Scholarly Publications

Early Childhood Reading in Rural China and Obstacles to Caregiver Investment in Young Children: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

February 2021

Studies have shown that nearly half of rural toddlers in China have cognitive delays due to an absence of stimulating parenting practices, such as early childhood reading, during the critical first...

Maternal Health Behaviors During Pregnancy in Rural Northwestern China

Background: Maternal health during pregnancy is a key input in fetal health and child development. This study aims to systematically describe the health behaviors of pregnant women in rural China...

Effects of Baby-Friendly Practices on Breastfeeding Duration in China: A Case-Control Study

November 2020

Background:  The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is generally considered an effective way to promote breastfeeding.