Project profile — Using Play to Foster Healthy Development of Children in the Americas


Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (CA-CRA_ACR-3894492487)
2010-04-01 - 2013-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ecuador (54.00%)
• Haiti (46.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (20.00%)
• Basic Education: Early childhood education (11240) (50.00%)
• Health, General: Medical education/training (12181) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


Learning through Play (LTP) is a curriculum-based training program for parents and caregivers that is rooted in the science of child development. The objectives of this project are: i) to ensure that approximately 13,200 children under the age of seven in Haiti and Ecuador achieve healthier physical, social, emotional and cognitive development so that they are better prepared to enter primary school; and ii) to reduce the exposure of these children to physical and verbal abuse. Approximately 330 nurses, midwives, teachers and childcare workers in Haiti and Ecuador receive LTP training and then deliver training to 6,600 parents and caregivers. As a result, these parents and caregivers are expected to be capable of using play and other techniques to ensure the healthy development of their young children. LTP training also contributes to reduced gender-based violence in the target communities.

Expected results 


Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $8,300
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
31-03-2014 Disbursement $1,917
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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