Angelica Ponguta

Angelica Ponguta

ECPC: 
Expert Consultant
Title: 
Associate Research Scientist

Angelica Ponguta, PhD, MPH, centers her work on the advancement of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in low and middle-income countries with a focus on policy and program evaluation and implementation research. Dr. Ponguta has led and participated in ECD policy-making and policy analysis projects in over 10 countries in Africa (Kenya, Angola, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda), Southeast Asia (Laos, Timor Leste), Eastern Europe (Kosovo, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Moldova), Latin America (Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil) and the Middle East (Palestine). These projects include the development of comprehensive and integrated ECD policies and national implementation plans, national feasibility studies for ECD program implementation at scale, and an international comparative study on the mechanisms of governance and finance of ECD in four world regions. Dr. Ponguta is currently working on the development and evaluation of a novel school readiness program to build community youth leaders’ vocational skills as early childhood educators in rural Pakistan and coordinated a randomized control trial evaluating a school readiness intervention targeting mothers and children living in Palestinian refugee camps and marginalized communities in Beirut. She is an advisor to groups conducting randomized control trials and observational studies of parenting and school readiness programs in Brazil, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. She is also and advisor to Colombia’s Intersectoral Commission of Early Childhood on the development of a tool to assess the quality of ECD services in the country. 

Relevant Blog:
  1. BOLD Expert: Blog on Learning and Development 
Recommended Reading:
  1. Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., Maldonado, C. (2017) Colombia Early Learning Quality Instrument (CELQI): Observational Measure and Stakeholder Surveys (Center Directors, Parents, and Teachers). Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  2. Ponguta, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A. Current Global Initiatives to Develop Population-level Indicators of Development for Children 0 to 3 years. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  3. Ponguta, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A. Alignment of the Quality Management System (Sistema de Gestión de Calidad or SGC) and the Colombia Early Learning Quality Instrument (CELQI). Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  4. Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L.A., Kagan, S.L. (2017) Analytic Plan for the Colombia Early Learning Quality Instrument (CELQI) and MELQO Child Development and Learning (CDL) Assessment. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  5. Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L.A., Kagan, S.L. (2017) Quality in Family Modality Services in Early Childhood Development in Colombia: A Draft Conceptual Framework. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  6. Yoshikawa, H., Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A.  (2017) Quality in Family Modality Services in Early Childhood Development: A Literature Review. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  7. Kagan, S.L., Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L.A. (2017) Examining Early Childhood Transitions in Context: an Analytic Review of the Literature. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  8. Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., (2017) Improving Transition (Transición) in Colombia: A Preliminary Analysis of the CELQI Adaptation. Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  9. Kagan, S.L., Ponguta, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., Maldonado, C. (2017) Colombia Early Learning Quality Instrument (CELQI): Observational Measure and Stakeholder Surveys (Center Directors, Parents, and Teachers). Ministry of Education, Bogota, Colombia.

  10. Leckman, J.F., do Rosário, M.C., Ponguta, L.A. (2016) Mental Health and early Childhood Development. In São Paulo Carinhosa: o que grandes cidades e políticas intersetoriais podem fazer pela primeira infância. São Paulo, Brazil. pp. 26-42.

  11. Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L.A., Nieto, A.M, Van Ravens, J., Portilla, X.A., Britto, P.R., and Leyva, D. (2014) Evaluating Mechanisms for Governance, Finance and Sustainability of Colombia’s Comprehensive Early Childhood Development Policy De Cero a Siempre. Office of the President and the Intersectoral Commission for Early Childhood. Bogota, Colombia.

  12. Chavan, M., Yoshikawa, H., and Bahadur, C. (2014) Sriraman, A., Nieto, A.M., Ponguta, L.A., and Grindal, T. Thematic Group 4 on Early Childhood Development, Education and Transition to Work. The Sustainable Solutions Development Network. New York, NY.

  13. Britto, P.R., Ponguta, L.A. & Reyes, M.R. A Systematic Review of Early Childhood Parenting Programs in Low and Middle-income Countries (2014) UNICEF, New York. 

  14. Ponguta, L.A., Britto, P.R., & Adams, L. (2012) ECCE National Feasibility Study for the Country of Ethiopia: a Policy Brief. The World Bank. Washington, D.C.

  15. Britto, P.R., van Ravens, J., & Ponguta, L.A. (2011) Joining Forces for the Integration of Early Childhood Development Policies and Services in Kosovo. UNICEF Report. Prishtina, Kosovo.

  16. Ponguta, L.A., & van Ravens, J., (2010) Governance and Finance of Early Childhood: Achieving Equity, Access and Quality. Kenya: Country Case Study Report. UNICEF Report. New York, NY.

  17. Britto, P. R., Yoshikawa, H., Ponguta, L.A., Oh, S.S., & Reyes, M.R. (2010) Governance and Finance of Early Childhood: Achieving Equity, Access and Quality. Bernard van Leer Foundation Report. The Hague, The Netherlands.

  18. Britto, P.R., & Ponguta, L.A. (2009) Creating a National Policy for Early Childhood in the Occupied Territory of Palestine. UNICEF Report. New York, NY.

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