About Us

Reach Up - An Early Childhood Parenting Programme

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The Reach Up Team: (Front Left to Right) Marta Rubio-Codina: Social Protection and Health, Inter-American Development Bank, Jena Hamadani: Head of Child Development Unit, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, Christine Powell: Senior Lecturer, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Susan Walker: Professor of Nutrition and Director, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Sally Grantham-McGregor: Emeritus Professor of Child Health and Nutrition, Institute of Child Health, University College London, Susan Chang-Lopez: Senior Lecturer, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. (Back Left to Right) Kristy Fernandez: Child Development Specialist, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Amika Wright: Research Assistant, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Helen Baker-Henningham: Senior Lecturer, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and School of Psychology, Bangor University and Joanne Smith: Project Coordinator, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies

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Programme Focus - Provides structured training for home visitors to help parents improve their child’s development.

  • Weekly home visits delivered by trained community workers.
  • Building parents’ self-confidence and developing their knowledge and skills to provide a happy, stimulating environment.
  • Encouraging the mother to continue activities between visits and integrate into daily routine.

Programme includes:

  • Weekly Curriculum for 6-42 months – adaptable to fortnightly
  • Training manual with demonstration videos
  • Supervisor manual and checklist
  • Programme Preparation and Cultural Adaptation guidelines
  • Toy manual

Videos

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  • Filmed in Jamaica, Peru & Bangladesh (collaboration with Cuna Mas & icddr,b)
  • Three 15-minute films demonstrating steps in a home visit
  • 28 short films depicting specific activities and concepts for training
  • Available in English, Spanish, French & Bangla

 

This is a sample video of a Home Visit. These videos are utilized during the training sessions for the Reach Up Programme

 

Policy Brief

The Reach Up Early Childhood Parenting Programme has been designed to provide the materials and training needed to implement effective parenting interventions. It is based on the proven Jamaica Home Visit Programme and was designed by a team that has successfully implemented the approach in several countries. This programme is unique due to its extensive evidence base. It has been formulated with the benefit of over 30 years’ worth of research on effective early childhood intervention programmes. It provides agencies with a comprehensive set of materials to support parents in providing a more stimulating environment for their children, improving quality interaction and facilitating learning.’ For more information click here

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