Dubai Declaration on ECD at the World Government Summit
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 Read more

Promoting nurturing care for our youngest children
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. Read more

Step by step for nurturing care
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 Read more

Nurturing care in situations of crisis and conflict
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 Read more

TheirWorld looks at nurturing care in South Africa
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 Read more

Smart start in Kenya
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 Read more

G20 acknowledges nurturing care approach
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 Read more

VIET NAM: Integrated early childhood development
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. Read more

SOUTH AFRICA: Campaigning side-by-side
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 Read more

SERBIA: Capitalizing on strengths
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 Read more

KAZAKHSTAN: Cooperation between sectors
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 Read more

GREECE: Nurturing care for refugees
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 Read more

INDIA: Family participatory care
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 Read more

BULGARIA: A new approach to nurture
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 Read more

Analysts: Nurturing care delivers “incredible financial return”
The Nurturing Care Framework has the potential to improve the lives of millions of children worldwide and to boost the global economy by trillions of dollars, say two U.S. analysts, writing for the Seattle Times. Peter Laugharn is President and CEO of the Read more

Essential writings on early childhood development
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) Read more

Anniversary edition of Early Childhood Matters
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 Read more

CEPPs: The road ahead for ECD is clear
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 Read more

Asia-Pacific presentation on nurturing care
What would a successful multi-sectoral approach to early childhood development look like? This was the central question posed by the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood Development (ARNEC), at their regional conference in Nepal from 5-7 June 2018. As part Read more

World Bank Group welcomes Nurturing Care Framework
"...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 Read more