This brief tells the story of how advocacy for nurturing care resulted in the Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Health deciding to integrate early learning and responsive caregiving into the Nutrition Intervention Package (Pacote de Intervenções de Nutrição, PIN). PIN is one of 12 maternal and child health and nutrition packages included in Mozambique’s five-year reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH-N) investment case. This case study underscores the importance of cultivating awareness and ownership among policymakers and working in partnership to leverage large-scale funding opportunities, such as that provided by the Global Financing Facility.Read More →

A short animated video developed by Ummeed to help Community Health Workers discuss strategies to support mental health for caregivers. The video was used in a series of workshops organized by Ummeed during the COVID-19 crisis to support the mental health of community health workers and caregivers.Read More →

The Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Image Bank is a collection of over 900 images, developed from adaptations of UNICEF’s Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package. These, and other similar images about recommended IYCF practices, have been used in more than 70 countries for counseling and training to promote behavior change for improved maternal and child nutrition. UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition have partnered to make these images available for others to download, adapt, and use freely for any not-for-profit purposes.Read More →

UNICEF and USAID Advancing Nutrition, with the support of the Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group represented by Save the Children and Safely Fed Canada, have developed a counselling package, Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations when COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed. The set includes 10 counselling cards and a recommended practices booklet.Read More →

This guide aims to provide evidence-based messages, practical guidance, case studies and resources that can be used to promote parents/caregiver’s mental health during the COVID-19 crisis, with a special focus on adolescent caregivers. It is based on the Caring for the Caregiver prototype package, and was jointly developed by UNICEF, in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand and Harvard.Read More →

In accordance with evidence from the Lancet and UNICEF recommendations on early childhood development and nurturing care, preventive support for caregiver health and emotional well-being is key to optimal child development. Yet there is currently very little support for caregiver emotional well-being in resource-constrained low- and middle-income countries. In order to tackle this issue, UNICEF is coordinating the development of a Caring for the Caregiver (CFC) training module.Read More →

Sign up for this free e-newsletter and Science of Early Child Development (SECD) will send you sample videos and other materials to inspire, engage and stir your curiosity. SECD is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative with a global perspective that introduces and synthesizes transdisciplinary research underscoring the importance of the early years.Read More →

The Long Reach of Early Childhood (video – 9:47) features compelling voices from across the globe sharing messages about the imperative to invest in early childhood as a primary vehicle to health and equity. The video is part of a suite of online and offline educational materials in the Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) collection.Read More →

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game that helps people appreciate the impact of early childhood experiences on outcomes across the lifespan. Your goal is to build a brain that is as tall as possible, which represents functionality, and as sturdy as possible, which represents the ability to withstand stresses. The game is a 75-90 minute experience optimized for groups of 4-6 people per table. It can be played in small workshops, conferences, and large events, with as few as 8, or as many as 300 participants.Read More →

There is a growing body of research to support the importance of the first 1001 critical days. This infographic pulls out some key facts and statistics to support the case for action.Read More →

This infographic sets out the core story of why relationships between parents and their babies in the first 1001 days are so crucially important. It was co-created by a wide range of professionals, coordinated by the Parent-Infant Foundation. Importantly, the infographic makes it clear that BOTH tackling adversity AND supporting early relationships are important in giving children the best start in life.Read More →

These 10 video activities were designed to promote the importance of play and interaction between parents and their children of ECD age [0-8] using simple materials available at home. These videos also provide tips on how parents can engage with different age groups of children, and how these activities can be scaled according to child age. Parents can practice these activities with their children during their time together at home.Read More →

Capacitación realizada por la Dra. Jane Lucas, consultora de UNICEF, a padres, madres y cuidadores sobre desarrollo infantil temprano. Este modelo tiene como objetivo apoyar a las familias y cuidadores a desarrollar habilidades para establecer relaciones sensibles, receptivas y cariñosas con los niños y niñas pequeños, de modo a fomentar su desarrollo integral.Read More →

This video, developed by the Alberta Family Welfare Initiative, describes what is meant by the concept “serve and return”. Serve and return is one of the most important forms of child and guardian interaction. It occurs when a parent or caregiver is responsive to a child’s verbal cues and actions. By providing positive feedback via eye contact, sound, words, and physical interaction, the adult helps spark the child’s interest and enthusiasm in practicing things like speech, language and social learning. Without active serve and return engagement, children can lose interest in these activities, potentially undermining the development of fundamental brain architecture.Read More →

L’Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) [Initiative albertaine pour le bien-être de la famille] a préparé une formation en ligne visant à rendre la science d’Histoire du cerveau accessible aux professionnels et au public. Cette formation s’adresse aux personnes qui souhaitent approfondir leur compréhension du développement cérébral et des conséquences de ce dernier sur la santé tout au long de la vie. Elle s’adresse également aux professionnels de divers domaines qui cherchent à obtenir un agrément. Une formation approfondie gratuite contiene une série de 19 modules. Cette formation est pour les personnes qui veulent en savoir plus sur la science du développement cérébral. A la fin du cours, vous recevrez un certifcat sur Historie du cerveau.Read More →

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online course to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. The course is also designed for professionals seeking certification in a wide range of fields. It is a free, in-depth course comprised of 19 modules. The course is for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate in Brain Story Science.Read More →