Creating an enabling environment for early childhood development: A collaborative effort

Ka Wai Maggie LAU, Kee Lee CHOU, Kean KY POON

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Abstract

This research funded by the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme from Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (Project Number: 2017.A3.011.17C) investigated the mediating roles of parental investment and parental distress in the link between poverty and children’s cognitive development (including attention and executive functioning, language (Cantonese and English), memory and learning, and visuospatial processing). The team conducted assessments and surveys with 167 preschool children and their parents in the 2019/2020 academic year. This brief shares findings from this research with an aim to inform policies in relation to the advocacy of maximum working hours, flexible work-life balance arrangements, quality parenting, accessibility of childcare service as well as promoting maternal employment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalIPS Policy Brief
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

This research project (Project Number: 2017.A3.011.17C) is funded by the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme from Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The research team would like to express our gratitude to the schools and non-governmental organisations that provided us with support for questionnaire and assessment design, and sample recruitment of the study.

The research team would also like to thank the preschool children and their parents who participated in the neurocognitive assessment and survey questionnaire, respectively.

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