Institute of Medicine Hosts Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally


DCP3 collaborator, the Institute of Medicine, held a workshop on Investing in Young Children Globally: The Cost of Inaction on April 17-18, 2014.  Co-chaired by DCP3 author Zulfiqar Bhutta, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG) will plan and conduct an interactive public workshop featuring presentations and discussions that highlight opportunities for scientifically grounded investments in young children globally.

Investments will be broadly conceived to include allocations of economic, natural, social, and other resources that sustain or promote human development and well-being.

Speakers included DCP3 Child & Adolescent Development volume editors and authors Don Bundy, Lia Fernald, Paul Gertler and Jere Behrman.  They explored the question of whether the science converges on a set of universal elements that support optimal development from preconception to age 8.

DCP3 mental health volume editor, Tarun Dua, joined the panel on existing measures and indicators to track progress toward supporting children's developmental potential.  Click here to access the workshop agenda.



View opening remarks and panel discussions facilitated by several DCP3 editors and authors.


IYGC co-chair Zulfiqar Bhutta provides the opening remarks and an overview of IYGC's mission and goals.


DCP3 Child & Adolescent Development volume lead editor Donald Bundy presented on the state of the world's young children and their caregivers.    


DCP3 Mental Health volume editor Tarun Dua presents during the panel on what measures or indicators exist to track progress towards supporting children's developmental potential.                      


DCP3 Child & Adolescent Development volume author Lia Fernald presents during the panel on essential conditions to promote children reaching their developmental potential.



DCP3 Child & Adolescent Development volume author Paul Gertler of UC Berkeley presents on the effects of early investment on cognitive development.


DCP3 Child & Adolescent Development volume author Jere Behrman discusses employing existing cost-benefit studies of investing in young children globally.


Previous Meetings

The forum held their first planning meeting on January 15, 2014 at the NAS Kreck Center in Washington, DC.  


Contact Information

Sarah Tracey

Phone: 1-202-334-1949




Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Friday, April 18, 2014