Dissemination and uptake of the Nurturing Care Framework since May 2018

One year after the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank Group, the ECD Action Network and the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health are thrilled to share a summary of where and how the Framework has made its way around the globe. Over 30 countries have undertaken concerted efforts to disseminate

Integrated ECD interventions in HIV programs – The Tanzania experience

This brief, published by the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics Foundation (EGPAF) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, explains the strategies, lessons learned, and way forward for enhancing existing health services in Tanzania’s Tabora region, to ensure nurturing care for children affected by HIV. You can download the brief here. Learn more

Integrating attention to ECD in HIV programs in Tanzania and Zambia

This brief, published by the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics Foundation (EGPAF) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, describes how health services are used as entry points to ensure nurturing care for children affected by HIV. You can download the brief here. Learn more about EGPAF’s HIV and ECD work here. Related

Operationalizing nurturing care for early childhood development: The health sector alongside other sectors and actors

This guidance note was prepared by staff from WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank Group, the ECD Action Network and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. It specifically targets the health sector and aims to catalyse country-level dialogue and action focusing on health service delivery and systems strengthening while

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Taking the Nurturing Care Framework forward in Mozambique

In October 2018 a delegation from Mozambique participated in a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more details on the meeting here). In March 2019 the Ministry of Social Affairs, in collaboration with partners, introduced the Nurturing Care Framework and defined roles at

Lebanon’s ECD strategy to be aligned with Nurturing Care

An inter-ministerial meeting was held to discuss the finalization of the early childhood development (ECD) strategy. Presentations on the Nurturing Care Framework were made. The ministries represented included: Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Affairs (Higher Council of Childhood). The ECD strategy is being co-led

Iran – National ECD model informed by NCF

The Ministry of Health is using the Nurturing Care Framework to develop the country’s early childhood development model, which will be piloted in the second half of 2019. The Framework guides the country in integrating multi-sectoral efforts in the national ECD programme.

Taking the Nurturing Care Framework forward in Malawi

In October 2018 a multi-country stakeholders’ consultation took place in Nairobi, Kenya to operationalize the Nurturing Care Framework within the health sector (more). Following this meeting, in October 2018, the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare hosted a national ECD conference in Malawi, at which the Nurturing Care

2018 G20 Declaration

At the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina,  the G20 leaders signed a declaration signaling prioritization for the early childhood development agenda. At the Partners’ Programme meeting, Argentine First Lady Juliana Awada promoted Argentina’s National Plan on Early Childhood. You can access the Declaration here and a news

Community-based, integrated nurturing care in rural China

Published in the Journal of Public Health (February 2019), “The effect of a community-based, integrated and nurturing care intervention on early childhood development in rural China” explores whether attention to nurturing care can promote developmental health and reduce developmental delays. The community-based program was implemented in four counties of China,

Ghana organizes national meeting to discuss implementation of Nurturing Care Framework

In January 2019 the Ghana Health Service organized a national stakeholders’ meeting to discuss implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework. The meeting took place in Accra, with participants including: • Dr. Emmanuel Odame, Director of Policy Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME), who represented the Minister of Health; • Dr Anthony

How can the early childhood workforce foster nurturing care?

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative is a global, multi-sectoral effort to produce new knowledge and equip decision-makers with tools and resources to support the development of a quality early childhood workforce at scale. Writing for the project’s website, Kavita Hatipoglu and Michelle Neuman make the point: “The practitioners who work

2018 monitoring report: Every Woman Every Child global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

The 2018 monitoring report for the Every Woman Every Child global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health provides updates on progress towards the Survive, Thrive, and Transform goals, which were set out in the 2016-2030 global strategy. The report recommends implementing the Nurturing Care Framework as the first strategic

Dubai Cares and UNICEF announce the Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development at the World Government Summit

The “Dubai Declaration on Early Childhood Development” identifies the elements and approaches for a holistic package of services for young children and their caregivers, ranging from stimulation and play to nutrition to parental livelihoods. The declaration also calls for these approaches to be backed by national policy, with regulations and

Promoting nurturing care for our youngest children

Joan Lombardi, Director of Early Opportunities, and Shannon Rudisill, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, have written an article on nurturing care for Grant Makers in Health. They write: “Promoting nurturing care is now becoming a global movement. …there is growing interest from philanthropy and civic leaders at

Kazakhstan: Cooperation between sectors

Having inherited a health system in poor shape following independence in 1991, Kazakhstan invested heavily in primary health-care reforms, including in 3,500 Healthy Baby Rooms, where patronage nurses monitor the growth and development of children under age 5 and provide parenting and feeding advice. Between 1990 and 2016, the under-5,

Best beginnings for nurturing care

Speaking at the Scotland Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2018, Alison Baum OBE, Chief Executive of Best Beginnings in the UK, introduced participants to the Nurturing Care Framework. “It’s really worth looking at… at the heart of focusing on nurturing care is putting the family there and our role as professionals

Step by step for nurturing care

A new webinar co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association and the Bernard van Leer Foundation seeks to orient stakeholders on the Nurturing Care Framework. The moderator is Joan Lombardi and speakers are Bernadette Daelmans, Ilgi Ertem, Alexsandra Jovic and Liana Ghent. You can watch it on our Videos and

Nurturing care in situations of crisis and conflict

In putting together the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO commissioned a paper that considered the role of nurturing care in crisis settings. The authors envisage a key role for the Framework: “The most urgent need for children age 0 to 6 in crisis settings “is the political will to

TheirWorld looks at the issue of nurturing young children in South Africa

TheirWorld has looked at the issue of nurturing young children in South Africa through the eyes of an ECD centre owner, a charity worker and an academic.  Thuthukile Mhlungu, owner and principal of Inkanyezi ECD centre, says: “For a long time ECD has been lacking political support. So now it’s