Language: Spanish

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is increasingly recognized as one of the most important investments that countries and families can make to prosper and help all children lead productive lives. While parents bear most of the responsibility for raising their children, especially in the early years of life, governments also have an important role during this critical time to boost human development.

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The webinar “Investing in the early years: the experience of Chile” presented key features when implementing ECD programs, sharing the experience from Chile Crece Contigo.

This was the second virtual seminar on the “Country Dialogue on Social Protection” webinar series, a partnership between WWP and socialprotection.org, which has made available a summary of the virtual seminar, in Spanish.

Dont’s miss the recording at the bottom of this page.

*Due to medical reasons, Beatriz Salazar Fuentes, Executive Director of the Cuna Más National Program at the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru, could not attend the webinar.


Invited panelists

Felipe Arriet
Technical Advisor of the System Chile Crece Contigo
Ministry of Social Development of Chile
Felipe Arriet, Chile Crece ContigoPsychologist, Felipe Arriet is a specialist in public policies for children. Since 2008, he has been dedicated to the Subsystem for Comprehensive Protection of Childhood in Chile, collaborating in the conception and implementation of the health component of Chile Cresce Contigo in the Ministry of Health. Since 2013, he has worked on the implementation of the National Health Plan for the decade 2015- 2025. Subsequently, in the National Council of Childhood, Felipe worked in his area of ??studies for the development of a National Policy for Childhood and related projects. Since 2015, he works in the Ministry of Social Development, as coordinator, collaborating in the conception and expansion of the policy until 9 years of age.

Ely Harasawa
Specialist in early childhood education and collaborator of the Happy Child Program of the Ministry of Social Development of Brazil
Ely Harasawa Especialista em Educação Infantil e colaboradora do MDSA psychologist specialized in early childhood education at Niigata University (Japan), Ely Harasawa worked for 15 years both in the management and maintenance of a private nursery as a consultant and trainer for educators of public and private facilities. Since the 90s, she began her social work focused on the defense of the rights of children and adolescents, having worked at the Abrinq Foundation for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (Fundação Abrinq) as general manager. She was deputy coordinator at the Brazilian News Agency for Children’s Rights (ANDI) and program manager at Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, where she implemented projects focused on early childhood development. She is currently a collaborator of the Happy Child Program, implemented by the National Secretariat for the Promotion of Human Development of the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development.

Veronica Silva
Senior Social Protection Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean
World Bank Group
Veronica Silva is a Senior Social Protection Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean region at The World BankVeronica Silva has 20 years’ experience in design and implementation of social protection programs, both in local and central level of government. For the past four years, she served as the Executive Secretary of the Intersectoral System of Social Protection in Chile.  She was in charge of the design and implementation of Chile Solidario and of Chile Crece Contigo, and managed the Integrated System of Social Information.  Prior to that, she served as National Program Manager in the Social Investment Fund (FOSIS), and was responsible for implementing the component of psychosocial support (Programa Puente) as a member of the Chile Solidario design team. Previously, she managed the Social Division unit of the Ministry of Planning, where she was responsible for the national socio-economic survey (CASEN) and the design of social programs and policies.


Watch the webinar recording (in Spanish)