“If we change the beginning of the story,
we change the whole story.”
 — The beginning of life

2023 Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development Published

The 2023 Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development, developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health, are an attempt to compile the available data on ECD for 197 countries. How is your country doing, compared to others? How have things progressed since 2018? Translations into Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish are forthcoming.

Celebrating 5 Years Since the Launch of the Nurturing Care Framework!

This Progress Report looks back on the last five years since the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework. It documents achievements and presents areas for future action. Annotated with stories of change, the Report provides a snapshot of progress in relation to each of the five strategic actions of the Framework and shows the breadth of activities that have been undertaken.

New WHO Guideline

The WHO Guideline for complementary feeding of infants and young children 6-23 months of age considers the needs of both breastfed and non-breastfed children. It supersedes earlier guidelines on the same topic. Responsive feeding is one of the recommendations.
Launch event (6 Dec 23).

Global Report on Children with Developmental Disabilities: From the Margins to the Mainstream

The WHO and UNICEF have released a global report on children with developmental disabilities. It provides principles and approaches to intentionally include the needs and aspirations of children and young people with developmental disabilities in policy, programming and public health monitoring. It makes the case for greater accountability and proposes 10 priority actions to accelerate changes towards inclusive environments and responsive multisectoral care systems for children with developmental disabilities.

Resource Compendium

This collection of interventions and tools compiles resources for strengthening and supporting families in humanitarian settings. Resources range from programming interventions and campaigns to evaluation tools and evidence reviews and covers multiple sectors including child protection, gender-based violence, mental health and psychosocial support, education, and nutrition. More.

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28 November 2023
Launch of the Caregiving in Adversity Framework
IRC & Proteknon launch their new framework, which helps to ensure the protection of children in humanitarian contexts by working with those who often impact their lives most - their caregivers.
28 November to 1 December 2023
5th International Developmental Pediatrics Association Congress 2023
The theme of this meeting, co-hosted by IDPA and Pediatric Neurology and Development Association of South Africa, is "Our Children Our Future: From Vulnerability to Resilience.
Johannesburg, South Africa
4 December 2023
Integration of ECD Interventions into Health and Nutrition Services: Experiences from Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Mozambique
Join the Child Health Task Force to learn about the Nurturing Care Group Model in Ethiopia, integration of ECD interventions in Mozambique, and a psychosocial stimulation approach in Burkina Faso.
6 December 2023
WHO Guideline for Complementary Feeding of Infants and Young Children 6-23 Months
Overview of the situation with respect to complementary feeding in low- and middle-income countries, the new WHO Guideline, considerations for implementation, and a new global alliance.
7 December 2023
GSED Deep Dive: Understanding, Calculating and Using the D-score
This WHO webinar will provide an in-depth exploration of the scoring of GSED measures, including a hands-on demonstration of calculating scores from GSED data.
Date TBA. First quarter of 2024.
Postponed: ARNEC Regional ECD Conference
This conference has been postponed until the first quarter of 2024. Join ARNEC to discuss how ECD is an important building block to building overall resilience and reinforcing SDG targets, especially those for young children under Target 4.2.
11 to 12 March 2024
East African Conference on Early Childhood
The Africa Early Childhood Network and partners are hosting this conference in Dar es Salaam next year. We'll provide further information as soon as it becomes available.
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

Helping children in Kenya reach their full potential

PATH’s Beatrice Oyugi is at the forefront of integrating Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development into existing health systems in Kenya. Learn how her work is giving thousands of children the opportunity to live fuller and healthier lives. More.

Ahlan Simsim supports 1,000,000+ children

Ahlan Simsim is the world’s largest early childhood development program in a humanitarian setting. It has now reached more than one million children with direct services across Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. More.

Bebbo app

This free app developed by UNICEF and national partners is designed to lend a helping hand to parents, with easy tips on topics like breast pumps, baby weaning, learning, toys, child protection and much more. The app is available in 14 languages and can be used both online and offline. You can download it for free for both Android and iOS. Find out more here.

Children in Humanitarian Settings

Nurturing care can mitigate risks for young children in humanitarian settings and support them to have a healthy development. But, in humanitarian settings, our youngest children are being left behind. Moving Minds Alliance provides you with the facts and solutions to turn this situation around in a series of thematic briefs:
1) How the youngest children are left behind in humanitarian response
2) The developing brain in crisis contexts
3) Nourish the body, nourish the bond: early care and nutrition in emergencies
4) How early childhood development in emergencies promotes gender equality.