Integrating early childhood development into programs for children orphaned or made more vulnerable by HIV

Written for USAID and PEPFAR implementing partners, with a focus on OVC practitioners, this is a user-friendly compendium of current resources and job aids for early childhood care, stimulation and education. It begins with an overview of the importance of the early childhood period, and specifically its importance for HIV-impacted infants, children and families. This section grounds the rationale in the nurturing care components. The compendium describes of tools, job aids, visuals and packages that can address components of nurturing care. Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children, or 4Children, is a 5-year, USAID-funded project (more).

Caring for children’s healthy growth and development

Published by WHO and UNICEF, this training package equips community health workers with the knowledge and skills to counsel families to:
  • breastfeed young children and give their children nutritious complementary foods;
  • play and communicate with their children to help them learn and to strengthen their relationships with their children;• prevent childhood illnesses and injury; and
  • recognize signs of illness and take their children to a health facility.

Care for child development: improving the care for young children

Published by WHO and UNICEF in 2012, this publication recommends play and communication activities for families to stimulate the learning of their children. Also, through play and communication, adults learn how to be sensitive to the needs of children and respond appropriately to meet them. These basic care-giving skills contribute to the survival, as well as the healthy growth and development, of young children.

Resource modules for home visitors

UNICEF ECARO and ISSA have developed a set of Resource Modules for Home Visitors: Supporting Families for Nurturing Care, intended to better equip home visitors with the latest knowledge and tools to support and engage with the families of young children. These modules can be delivered through various training methods and adapted to train other service providers.