Early language skills in young children lead to improved social and cognitive interactions, allowing for learning and literacy and improved brain development in childhood. This study aims to improve the cognitive capacity of the world’s youngest citizens by testing the hypothesis that a culturally-sensitive, child-centered, community-focused language intervention can improve caregiver-child interactions and boost language and learning in resource-poor settings. Language outcomes and parent-child interaction will be measured with new language capture technology in two remote, rural sites in Tanzania and South Africa.
This project has come out of both the MAL-ED study and doctoral work on caregiving practices
Limpopo province, South Africa, and Haydom, Tanzania