Early learning activity sheets UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Basic Education and the LEGO Foundation have developed and distributed easy to understand early learning activity sheets for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years. The early learning activities are playful and canRead More →

Reach Up and Learn is a home visiting program which supports caregivers of children 0-3 years old in 18 countries. In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) adapted this model to train refugee and host community workers on how to promote opportunities for early learning and responsive caregiving in visits to caregivers of young children.Read More →

The Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) is hosting three webinars looking at the Countdown 2030 Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development and how they are linked to the Nurturing Care Framework.Read More →

Writing for South Africa’s Independent Online, Lesley Bamford (National Department of Health) and Wiedaad Slemming (WITS; SACSOWACH) explain how the National Department of Health is adopting a comprehensive approach to providing integrated services that promote survival as well as nurturing care through the health system. “The key to optimising developmentalRead More →

On October 28, 2019, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Global Child Thrive Act in the U.S. Senate. The Act will direct the U.S. administration to advance policies and programs that advance early childhood development internationally. “We’veRead More →

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. RelatedRead More →

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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 atRead More →

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-ledRead More →

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.Read More →

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 CareRead More →

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 newsRead More →

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,Read More →

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 workRead More →