Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Best Senior Thesis in International Relations
Bachelor of Arts
© 2020 Martha D. Baker
Using the monitoring, evaluation and learning for adaptive management model (MEL4AM), this paper examines how international organizations translate productive criteria for early childhood development (ECD) into emergency response programming for children. Early childhood is a crucial developmental time in individual’s lives and adverse experiences undermine, among other things, language development, self-regulatory capabilities, and child-caregiver interactions. International aid organizations are operationalizing the research on ECD best practices into site-level programming. This thesis examines whether the developmental needs of these children in crisis are being met through these efforts and offers two in-depth case studies: Sesame Workshop’s intervention for Syrian refugee children in the Middle East and UNICEF’s initiative for migrant children in Matamoros, Mexico.
Baker, Martha, "Children’s Development and Crisis: Comparing Developmental Best Practices Against Aid Program Curricula" (2020). CMC Senior Theses. 2397.