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 →

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 strategicRead More →

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 andRead More →

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 atRead More →

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 andRead More →

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 toRead More →

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’sRead More →

October 12, 2018: Lisa Bohmer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Rosella Radanga, Siaya County First Lady (Patron of ECD) in Siaya County, Kenya. The First Lady’s Smart Start Siaya Campaign incorporates nurturing care and will benefit the entire county. You can find out more about the campaign here.Read More →

The G20 has acknowledged the approach set out in the  Nurturing Care Framework. In October 2018 the Development Working Group launched the “G20 Early Childhood Development Initiative”, which recognizes that: “ECD… is deeply influenced by nurturing care – health, food security and quality nutrition, responsive caregiving, physical and emotional security andRead More →

The Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) programme applies a holistic cross-sectoral approach which aims to bring about optimum early childhood development, and thus reduce the widening disparities in maternal and child health indicators between ethnic minorities and the Kinh majority. Nurturing care, encompassing good health, nutrition, responsive caregiving, opportunities forRead More →

Although under-5 mortality rates continue to fall in South Africa, many children fail to reach their full potential as evidenced by high levels of stunting1 and suboptimal educational outcomes2. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, a shift of focusRead More →

While Serbia has made substantial progress over the last decades in improving child health, due mainly to well organized and accessible health-care services, many challenges remain. Like other countries in the region, Serbia has wide social and economic disparities. Children are the most vulnerable age group: an estimated 30% ofRead More →

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,Read More →

Globally, interventions for the youngest refugee, migrant or displaced children tend to focus on infant health, vaccination, feeding and play/preschool groups for 3-6 year olds. They generally do not address the needs of the youngest age group for stability, safety and security, responsive caregiving and opportunities for learning. In Greece,Read More →

A gateway to nurturing small and sick newborns India accounts for almost one quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths; its preterm birth rate is close to 13%; and 28% of newborns have a low birthweight. The Government is committed to improving newborn health and has made it aRead More →

Bulgaria’s national system supports young children’s health and well-being by providing two years of maternity leave and by ensuring that every child has access to a package of essential health services. Nevertheless, significant numbers of young children are at risk of not developing to their full potential due to povertyRead More →

The Nurturing Care Framework has been included in “The early childhood development reading list”, a “Top 10” list of recent books and reports in the field. Public service network magazine “Apolitical” describes the framework as a “must read” and “(an) evidence-based guide for anyone making policy relating to young children”.Read More →

The 20th anniversary edition of “Early Childhood Matters” has just been published. It features 26 articles on subjects as diverse as a parenting programme informed by the Gross National Happiness policy in Bhutan to community health workers’ use of technology to treat maternal depression in Pakistan. Highlighting innovations, the pathRead More →

Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) has welcomed the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework and invited partners and supporters to take note. In discussing the Framework they say: “2018 is emerging as a year of convergence, with growing numbers of cross-sector partnerships and linked initiatives. Now with a comprehensiveRead More →