Smart Start Siaya Kenya: 4th National ECD conference
Theme: Responsive caregiving for children in diverse circumstances: Innovations and inclusivity
Location: Siaya, Kenya
Date: 25th-27th October 2021

This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss ECD programs in Kenya, innovations and challenges, creating resolutions to establish a holistic/multi-sectoral approach for implementing the Nurturing Care Framework.
The objectives of the conference include:
i. Create awareness on the need for integration of nurturing care practices in ECD service delivery;
ii. advocate for systemic change through policy, at National and County levels;
iii. Push for increased sustainable nurturing care investments in Kenya (considerations: demand for government to be intentional about budget allocations; for example, NHIF; young women accessing credit for their children; Linda mama; Women’s economic empowerment);
iv. Interrogate the social fabric and its impact on holistic child development (considerations: positive cultural values; intergenerational discourse on passing down morality; case studies; caregiver experiences, COVID 19 response)