INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL CHINA

Parenting the Future | November 2018

Bringing the first 1,000 days of life to the forefront

November 16-18, 2018, REAP co-hosted Parenting the Future: International Conference on Early Childhood Development in Rural China with Alibaba in Xi'an, China. Over the course of three days we dove into new research studies within China and internationally. Conference attendees participated in thought-provoking discussions and had the opportunity to visit one of REAP's Parenting Centers in Ningshan on the final day of the conference. The conference was covered by over 30 Chinese media outlets helping to publicly broadcast the issue of early childhood development in rural China and international research finds and recommendations surrounding the current situation.  

Conference Speakers

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James J. Heckman

Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
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James J. Heckman

Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science 2000 Winner
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Lucy Peng

Lazada Group, Founder of Hupan Modou Foundation
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Lucy Peng

Lazada Group, Founder of Hupan Modou Foundation
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Norbert Schady

Prinicipal Economic Advisor for the Social Sector at the Inter-Development Bank
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Norbert Schady

Prinicipal Economic Advisor for the Social Sector at the Inter-Development Bank
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Osmar Terra

Former Minister of Social and Agrarian Development, Brazil
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Osmar Terra

Former Minister of Social and Agrarian Development, Brazil
Current Minister of Citizenship and Social Action, Brazil
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Scott Rozelle

Director, Rural Education Action Program at Stanford University
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Scott Rozelle

Director, Rural Education Action Program at Stanford University
Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
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James Liang

Co-founder & Chairman of C-trip
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James Liang

Co-founder & Chairman of C-trip
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Gary L. Darmstadt

Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health
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Gary L. Darmstadt

Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health
Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at Stanford University
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Fan Jiang

Vice Chancellor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
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Fan Jiang

Vice Chancellor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine

"Parenting the Future" - A Model for All Rural China

Located in the southern interior foothills of the Qinling Mountains, Ningshan County is a key county for concentrated poverty alleviation and development in the western region of China. In early August 2018, ten early childhood development activity centers opened in Ningshan County, offering services to over 600 children ages 0 to 3 years and their parents.

This project, titled “Parenting the Future,” is jointly supported by Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund, Zhejiang Hupan Modou Foundation, the Executive Leadership Training Center of the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China, the Center for Experimental Economics in Education, and the Rural Education Action Program under the strong support of the local government of Ningshan County. 

"Parenting the Future" in Ningshan County

Presentation video for the Ningshan County Mayor, Hongdan Zheng.

Parenting Center Training in Rural China

Presentation video for Lucy Peng, founder of the Hupan Modou Foundation.

Trained Staff Pave the Way to Growth

All parenting centers are staffed with workers that have been trained in child development and our parenting curriculum. These workers instruct group activities as well as one-on-one, tailored parenting lessons for caregivers. 

Read more in the conference brochure.