Reaching and Investing in Children at the Margins: Workshop in Brief


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On November 3–4, 2015, the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in partnership with the Open Society Foundations and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), held a workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, to examine the science and economics of investing in the health, education, nutrition, and social protection of children at the margins of society. Over the course of the public workshop, individual workshop participants sought to bring to the foreground a scientific perspective of children at the margins and explore how discrimination and social exclusion affect early development, focusing on vulnerable populations such as children living outside of family care; children from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds such as Roma; children with developmental delays and disabilities; and refugee, immigrant, and migrant children. This brief summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop highlights the major issues raised by individual workshop participants. The summary represents the viewpoints of the individual workshop participants and should not be seen as conclusions or recommendations of either the workshop as a whole or the sponsoring organizations. A full summary of the workshop will be available in Summer 2016.