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

New Thematic Brief

What is "responsive feeding"? What does it have to do with nurturing care? How can we support caregivers to responsively feed their children? These are some of the questions addressed in our new thematic brief: Nurturing Children Through Responsive Feeding.
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Nurturing Care Publications

The World Health Organization and UNICEF have released the Nurturing Care Handbook and Nurturing Care Practice Guide. The Handbook shows how governments and other stakeholders around the world can put the five strategic actions of the Nurturing Care Framework into practice. The Practice Guide provides practical suggestions for managers and service provides to support caregiver well-being and strengthen caregivers’ capacities to provide nurturing care as part of health and nutrition services.
Nurturing Care Handbook
Nurturing Care Practice Guide
Launch event (28 March 2023)

Pediatrics Supplement - Research on caregiving interventions

The Pediatrics supplement honours Sally Grantham-McGregor for her pioneering work in early child development. It illustrates how caregiving interventions to promote ECD can be bundled, such as with nutrition, mental health and violence prevention interventions, and delivered through multiple platforms, including home visits, group settings, and health facility contacts and community outreach.  More.

USAID Implementation Guidance

This implementation guidance aims to support USAID missions and operating units in understanding how they can operationalize the Global Child Thrive Act.  More.

Ahlan Simsim - Research Findings

Ahlan Simsim is an initiative of the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop to support the development of children living in crisis across the Middle East. Three studies by the Global TIES for children explore how remote learning, mass media, and phone-based support to caregivers impacts children's development, caregiver skills and caregiver well-being. The studies are available in English and Arabic.  More.

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31 May 2023
Promoting Early Childhood Development Globally through Caregiving Interventions
The World Bank is organizing this discussion around the launch of a special ECD supplement of the journal 'Pediatrics'.
Washington and Online
6-7 June 2023
Setting up Safe Spaces for Families and Children in Emergencies
This training course focuses on early childhood development in emergencies and gives workers who are responding to the earthquake disaster in Syria and Turkey an introduction to safe, good practice principles when setting up psychosocial support spaces and services for affected children, their caregivers and families.
6-8 June 2023
International Congress on Evidence-based Parenting Support
I-CEPS 2023 is a global event aiming to advance research, policy, and practice in the field of parenting and family intervention. The theme for 2023 is: Promoting Wellbeing and Health Globally through Effective Parenting Support.
7 June 2023
‘Invest in Childcare’ Stakeholder Update Meeting
Share updates and hear about the work program of the Invest in Childcare initiative launched by the World Bank Group in 2021.
Online and Washington
17-19 July 2023
Kenya: 5th National ECD Stakeholder’s Conference
Gain knowledge on cultural/indigenous child-rearing; models of good practice for diverse circumstances; community systems engagement; ECD financing; the Children Act; the Nurturing Care Framework; and implementation to reach all children.
20-22 July 2023
African Summit on Inclusive Early Childhood Care and Education
The theme of this summit is ‘Nurturing Care and Opportunities for Early Learning for Children with Disabilities’. It will highlight service provision models and innovations advancing inclusive early childhood care and education on the African continent.
Nairobi, Kenya
21-23 November 2023
2023 ARNEC Regional ECD Conference
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.
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

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.