Bangladesh has been recognized for its great success in improving educational and health outcomes during the past few decades. With its Early Years Preschool Program, Save the Children has been providing an additional year of preschool to four-year-old children, who then progress to the one-year government preprimary class at age five and to first grade at age six. AIR is investigating the impacts of offering this additional year of preschool education in Bangladesh on child development outcomes (cognitive and social emotional), and will examine the benefits relative to the costs of the program.
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In resource-limited settings such as Southern Africa, malnutrition and infectious diseases need to be an integral part of thinking about early childhood interventions. AIR conducted a cluster-randomized trial to test the feasibility and preliminary impact of a package of community-based early childhood services in a rural area of Zambia.
1 Jan 2015
There has been a significant increase in school enrollment globally, yet millions of children across the world are unable to read a single word even after up to four years of schooling. AIR is focused on improving the quality of learning outcomes by enhancing the science of reading, while developing solutions for the global learning crisis.
31 Dec 2005
AIR conducts rigorous quantitative and qualitative research that identifies effective programs and resources as well as provide the technical assistance to translate reliable evidence into effective action. Our research, evaluation, consulting and technical assistance services improves performance in schools, communities, organizations, and the workplace.
Malnutrition is one of the most serious global health problems. Advancing the knowledge base about the effects of nutrition and early childhood development programs on nutrition outcomes is particularly important in Bangladesh. AIR is evaluating a large-scale nutrition program and a pilot program to combat malnutrition in the country.