“…every $1 invested in (quality early childhood development) can yield between $6 and $17 in returns”, says Annette Dixon, Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group, in a media release welcoming the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework.

In supporting the framework, the World Bank claims: “Investing in early childhood development (ECD) is one of the best investments a country can make to boost economic growth, promote peaceful and sustainable societies, and eliminate extreme poverty and inequality”.

The Bank has worked alongside the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the Early Childhood Development Action Network, to develop the framework. Following the launch, countries will take the lead in working towards national milestones set for 2023.

You can access the World Bank’s media release on the launch of the Nurturing Care Framework here.