In its efforts to improve the care and
education of young children in El
Salvador, EDC teamed up with Sesame
Workshop to create a series of public
service announcements featuring Lola,
a character from Plaza Sésamo, a
Mexican adaptation of Sesame Street.
The ads were part of the Early
Childhood and Family Education
(EDIFAM) project, an initiative
designed for children through age 6,
implemented by the Educational
Quality Improvement Program-1
(EQUIP1) and led by EDC.
When a woman is convicted of a crime and
sent to prison, family life can fall apart. To
support children as they live through the
trauma of a mother’s imprisonment, EDC
is working with the Massachusetts-based
Aid to Incarcerated Mothers (AIM) to
provide children with an adult mentor.
With training from EDC and AIM staff, the
mentors help children, ages 4–14, build
their sense of self-confidence and stability,
strengthen their academic skills, and
maintain family relationships.
Nearly half the U.S. Latino population ages
18–25 have not completed high school, and
only 15 percent earn a postsecondary
degree, according to a recent report by the
Education Commission of the States. To
improve students’ opportunities for higher
education, EDC developed the project
known as PALMS (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-
In September 2004, a 22-month-old boy climbed into an
unlocked, parked car. The boy’s mother left for work,
thinking he was playing next door. The outside temperature
was 86 degrees, and the child died of hyperthermia.
Too often, pedestrian
injuries are seen as
Alerta/Stay Alert aims
to show children, their
caregivers, and drivers how
and why pedestrian injuries
and deaths are preventable.
Program materials are in
the form of a “photo
novella,” or a brief story
with photos, and were developed for the Latino population
of three Massachusetts communities—Holyoke, Chicopee,
and Springfield—with funding from the AAA Foundation
for Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety
EDC is part of a team that
developed a regional
framework that will allow
education officers, teacher
educators, and teachers to review, develop, and strengthen
national Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curricula
and curriculum guides throughout the Caribbean.
New educational methods inevitably set off debates, and
“inquiry science instruction” provides a classic case. Over the
past two decades, proponents of inquiry science, sometimes
referred to as “hands-on science,” laud it as an engaging
and interactive teaching method. Critics lambaste it as an
absence of instruction, unconcerned about scientific facts or
Teams of young people from around the
world gathered in San Jose, Costa Rica,
in August for the First International
Power Users of ICT (information and
Symposium. The event included student
participants from Costa Rica, Latin
America, Australia, the Netherlands,
Nordic countries, and the Philippines.
Participants, who interacted virtually
with teams from Africa and Asia,
demonstrated their digital skills with
the goal of helping focus research on
pressing questions and topics.
Two EDC projects are working with the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) in Macedonia to use
information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve
education and business. The e-BIZ and e-Schools projects, both
conducted under USAID’s DOT-COM Alliance, are part of
Macedonia’s efforts to boost economic growth and rebuild
communities in the wake of the region’s recent upheavals.
As fewer young people opt for careers in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM), the National Science Foundation has funded
EDC to develop a resource designed to engage young people in career
exploration and development.
Today’s students face unprecedented challenges in preparing for a more
globalized society. While many organizations have worked to define
the kinds of skills needed for the 21st century, few have undertaken
efforts to measure the application of these skills. Recognizing this, the
Partnership for 21st Century Skills commissioned a report from EDC’s
Center for Children and Technology (CCT) to inform education leaders
on this crucial issue.