Large numbers of young children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are failing to meet basic developmental standards that are linked with later-life health, productivity and wellbeing. One in every three preschool-age children (five years and below) living in LMICs does not meet basic milestones in either cognitive or socio-emotional development, according to a study led by
Dana Charles McCoy of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which was published in PLOS Medicine (7 June). [1] The study defines low cognitive development as “an inability to follow simple directions and work independently”. Low socio-emotional development, on the other hand, is “an inability to control aggression, avoid distraction and get along well with other children”

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