Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development

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

Improving policy environments for infants and young children

Multisectoral national policies for early childhood development have been developed since 1979, yet until now the number of countries adopting them has not been systematically documented. This is a descriptive study conducted to assess the historical trends in policy adoption, regional coverage, income levels, governance categories, and crisis countries.

Measurement tools and indicators

While there has been increasing attention in global public health towards designing and delivering programs, services, and policies to promote nurturing care, measurement has focused more on the components of health and nutrition, with less attention to early learning, responsive caregiving, and safety and security. This study provides a comprehensive review of the current state of measurement of nurturing care.

Child and adolescent health in humanitarian settings

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has published an operational guide to support operational planning, upscale staff capacity, and advocate for prioritizing child and adolescent services in contexts where many priorities compete for policy-makers’ attention. More.

Civil society organizations

Medicus Mundi Switzerland organized a 3-part webinar series exploring how civil society can work with government and health systems to ensure all children receive nurturing care. The webinars included an overview of the Nurturing care framework, a preview of the forthcoming Practice guide, and examples of how to strengthen attention to responsive feeding, nurturing care for children with developmental delays and disabilities, and ensure nurturing care for children living in humanitarian settings.
Webinar 1 – What is nurturing care?
Webinar 2 – How can we strengthen nurturing care through existing services?
Webinar 3 – What can NGOs do?

COVID-19 and early childhood development

The Early Childhood Development Action Network and Saving Brains have released two reports. The first, a research roundup, describes the nature and scope of 411 peer-reviewed, publicly available studies published between January 2020 and October 2021 related to early childhood development. The second, a summary of research priorities, summarizes results of an international survey to identify pressing research priorities, with a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries.
Research roundup
Research priorities

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25 May 2022
Listening to young mothers in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique
Join the Hilton Foundation and Stellenbosch University for an interactive webinar discussion on the challenges faced by young mothers and potential solutions to provide them with effective support.
30 May 2022
Demystifying climate change and its relationship with early childhood development
This ARNEC webinar aims to ‘demystify’ the basic concepts of climate change and processes like the UNFCCC, Conference of Parties and relevant frameworks like the Paris Agreement, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for DRR.
21–23 June 2022
African regional convening to support parents and caregivers
The virtual regional conference aims to develop a common understanding of evidence-based solutions and further commitment towards supporting parents and caregivers of children and adolescents.
5–8 July 2022
Young children in crisis: addressing the impact of COVID-19, climate change, and environmental degradation
This ARNEC conference aims to bring about strong awareness among policy makers and practitioners of the substantial threats young children are facing due to the multiple crises affecting them, i.e., COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation.

Indian Academy of Pediatrics mobilizes paediatricians to promote nurturing care

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has more than 33,000 members across the country and is one of the largest professional associations of pediatricians in the region. In 2019, the President wrote about the important role pediatricians play in bridging science and parenting. Building on this, the IAP, working closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, have continued to draw attention to the important role pediatricians can play and are developing materials to support their practice.
Find out more here.

Burundi: Cultivating political will and investment

The Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS, with the support of WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, organized two events in February 2021: i) a high-level meeting with the First Lady, Ministers, Parliamentarians, partners and funders to raise awareness and investment in ECD and ii) a technical workshop to support a common understanding of ECD across sectors and advance development of a national strategy for ECD.
Find out more here.