This report summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurturing care for early childhood development based on the latest available data and proposes priority actions and interventions required to safeguard this critical period and ensure children’s optimal development during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also showcases UNICEF Country Office initiatives supporting early childhood development across the five components of nurturing care.
ARNEC keeps its commitment to exploring the nexus between the protection, security, and well-being of young children and the health of the physical environment. The 2020 issue of ARNEC Connections brings you the views and expertise of ECD professionals on the risks young children face in different contexts of environmental degradation and climate change, as well as the call for collective action to address these.
Babies being born during the COVID-19 pandemic have entered the world at a time of confusion and uncertainty. New questions have emerged on how to protect the health and safety of the babies and those who care for them while also still ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life. This webinar provided an overview of the global guidance, an analysis of how countries are/are not adhering to the global guidance, and examples of best practices from Vietnam, Brazil, and Colombia.
These “Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development” are developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. The profiles are an attempt to compile, in one place, the available data for country and cross-country monitoring and to provide a baseline against which progress can be monitored.
This policy brief from Saving Brains explores how four programmes (aeioTU in Colombia, Mobile Creches in India, RTCCD in Vietnam and Ana Aqra in Lebanon) developed a unique response to COVID-19 that was creatively tailored to their community context, to their own capacities and circumstances, and to the content of their work.
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 for