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  • While Brazil has reduced infant mortality by 50 per cent to 14 deaths per 1,000 births over the past decade and expanded enrolment in early childhood education and care, there remain significant inequalities for children and their development based on where they are born and their family’s socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Researchers in Brazil identified the open source, free-of-charge early Human Capability Index (eHCI) as a quick and simple to use tool and extensive testing demonstrated it was reliable and provided detailed insights into children’s outcomes.
  • Kindergarten teachers filled eHCI surveys on approximately 2,500 children aged three to five years old in Sao Paulo over an 18-month period.
  • The eHCI is an easy-to-use survey tool that can be completed by parents/caregivers, childcare workers, teachers, allied health and other health or early childhood practitioners.
  • At least 12 countries are now using the eHCI to measure early childhood development, adapted to their own language and culture. As well as Brazil, these countries include Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Peru, Samoa, Tajikistan, Tonga, and Tuvalu.
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