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

Nurturing Care Practice Guide

This new Guide responds to requests from practitioners and country teams who want to understand how to adapt health and nutrition services to be supportive of nurturing care and strengthen caregivers’ capacity. With a focus on responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning, safety and security, and supporting caregiver well-being, this Guide explores the rationale for giving greater attention to these four components; describes what managers can do to prepare services and better equip service providers; and includes practical suggestions for what service providers can do as part of their ongoing contacts with families. More.

Nurturing Care Handbook updated!

The WHO and UNICEF are pleased to announce that the Nurturing Care Handbook has been updated! This update addresses feedback submitted on the draft Handbook. More.

From Most Vulnerable to Most Valuable

ARNEC is pleased to share the evidence from the Asia-Pacific region and the insights from experts and partners around the world exploring the deep interlinkages between climate change, environmental degradation and ECD to support the goal of enabling ECD systems and services for young children become more climate resilient, adequately funded, and their value better understood and considered by policy makers and climate scientists. More.

Nurturing Care Resource Roundup

Since the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework in May 2018, several resources have been developed to support implementation of the Framework. Not sure where to start? Take a look at this resource round up for ideas. Download.

Health Systems for Early Childhood Development

UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, WHO Regional Office for Europe and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) have launched a new web platform called Health Systems for Early Childhood Development. With support from the European Union, the new initiative will serve thousands of policy makers, health workers and health care service planners in Europe and Central Asia in their mission to provide young children and their families with quality care that looks beyond the traditional approach of focusing on the physical health of the child.
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Launch event

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2 February 2023
Elevating Early Childhood Development at COP (Conference of the Parties, Global Climate Summit): Reflections from COP 27
This webinar looks at key results of COP27 and how they intersect with global ECD policy.
8 February 2023
Launch of the 2023 Lancet Series on Breastfeeding
The Lancet and a panel of experts unpack a 3-paper series on how the value of breastfeeding is being wasted in public health and exploited by the formula milk industry.
London, UK and Online
28-30 March 2023
Southern African Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development
This Conference is hosted by the Government of Zambia in collaboration with the Southern African Network for ECD (SANECD) and the African Early Childhood Network (AfECN).
Lusaka, Zambia
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".
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.

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.