“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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30 January 2024
Early Childhood Matters Launch: The Wellbeing Issue
BvL introduces authors the 2023 issue of Early Childhood Matters, whose stories on caring for caregivers are also stories where children and entire communities flourish.
6 February 2024
Monitoring Child Development – Principles, Approaches and Tools
This webinar from Health Systems for Early Child Development aims to introduce participants to developmental monitoring as part of routine health care services for children.
21 February 2024
Learning Workshop on Social and Emotional Learning for Early Childhood Practitioners and Young Children
Workshop looking at capacity building programs for early childhood educators on social emotional learning and mental health in the Asia Pacific and Europe and Central Asia regions.
28 February 2024
Pediatricians as ECD Advocacy Champions: Kenya and Tanzania
Join the American Academy of Pediatrics to learn more about how pediatricians can advocate for nurturing care and early childhood development, drawing on lessons learned from Kenya and Tanzania.
11 to 14 March 2024
East African Conference on Early Childhood
The Africa Early Childhood Network and partners are hosting this conference in Dar es Salaam this year.
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
27 to 30 May 2024
2024 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development

Join ARNEC and the ECCE Council of Malaysia 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.
Penang, Malysia

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.