This course helps you to design sustainable and culturally relevant parenting programmes that are responsive to the issues or problems in children’s development and well-being in your context. By taking this course, you will be able to prioritise issues in children’s development and define the changes you want to see in parents, make decisions about how to deliver a programme, and start to develop strategies and content for your parenting programme.
This course is a resource for parents or those who work with parents of young children to support them to provide brain-building experiences and nurturing care. You’ll gain an understanding of who the caregivers of young children are in your context. It will help you to better understand how the life experiences, environment, relationships, and beliefs of parents shape the kind of opportunities, care, and support a parent is able to provide his or her child. Knowing this will help the parent and those who work with parents to support them to overcome challenges.
Known also as the ECD policymakers’ workshop, this course is intended to help policymakers understand the scientific and economic rationale for investing in early childhood development, what children need to reach their full developmental potential (nurturing care), and how to develop policies for young children and families.
Video from the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN): A staggering 2 out of every 3 children in Africa live in extreme poverty with inadequate nutrition, in unstable communities, lacking social services for family and caregiver support. These children suffer poor developmental outcomes, reduced productivity and are less able to help their own children grow and develop.
This brief makes the case that ensuring children affected by HIV survive and thrive requires applying a nurturing care lens to routine maternal, newborn and child health services, as well as, HIV prevention and care services.
In 2016, the Government of Ghana reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring children in the first 1000 days had every opportunity to survive and thrive. To this end, the Government of Ghana dedicated personnel and put in place coordinating mechanisms to ensure all children received nurturing care from birth. This brief describes the actions taken in the health sector between 2016 and 2019, championed by the Government of Ghana, to elevate attention to and services for children aged 0-3 years.
This series considers new scientific evidence for interventions, building on the findings and recommendations of two previous Lancet series on child development (2007, 2011), and proposes pathways for implementation of early childhood development at scale. The series emphasises ‘nurturing care’, especially for children below three years of age, and multi-sectoral interventions starting with health, which can have wide reach to families and young children through health and nutrition.
This document, along with a 9-page brief, describes the implementation experiences and emerging lessons of COVID-19 response strategies of seven programmes that prioritize nurturing care and early childhood development. The case studies include a wide range of geographic contexts and the programmes address at least one of three components of nurturing care: responsive caregiving, opportunities for early learning, and safety and security. The seven programmes are: Associazione 21 Luglio (Italy); Ummeed Child Development Center (India); Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Programme (Canada); Kangaroo Foundation (Colombia); International Rescue Committee & Sesame Workshop [Ahlan Simsim programme] (Jordan); Parenting for Lifelong Health [MaPa programme] (Philippines); and PATH Mozambique.
This report and the associated 4-page brief synthesizes the results of searches on two databases, an extensive collection of grey literature, and 112 scholarly and scientific studies from more than 30 countries on nurturing care for young children during the COVID-19 crisis.
01 Mar 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm –
The Early Childhood Network Ghana and partners are hosting a webinar for parents, caregivers and ECCD practitioners. Guest speaker, Professor Avi Sagi-Schwartz from the Centre for the study of child development at the University of Haifa, Israel, will speak on the importance of childrens’ attachment in times of crisis.
This toolkit was developed as part of the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Ghana ECD 0-3 Program. It is intended to prepare frontline workers delivering community health services to equip parents and caregivers to develop responsive caregiving skills and engage in early learning activities with their children. The toolkit includes a training-of-trainers guide, flipcharts, and a parenting sessions manual.
The Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Ghana Early Childhood Development (ECD) 0–3 programme (2016-2019) aimed to promote opportunities for early learning and responsive parenting at the community level via frontline health workers to increase caregiver knowledge and practice.
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.
This seven week course starts 25 February 2021 (flexible). It begins with a review of basic ECD concepts and implementation programmes around the world, and looks at why some programmes succeed where others do less well, and what strategies are key for enabling widespread adaptation of quality programming. For those working around the world in early childhood development programmes, the course allows you to reflect and evaluate your own organization by reviewing real-world case successes, as well as a new global perspective from other learners.
04 Mar 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am –
This event marks the launch of the World Bank’s new report, Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare to Build Human Capital. The report highlights the transformative potential of investments in childcare to increase women’s employment and productivity, create new jobs, improve child outcomes, drive economic growth and support a more resilient and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.
23 Feb 2021 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am –
In Uganda, maternal undernutrition and inadequate gestational weight gain are prevalent and of growing concern. Join USAID to hear more about recommended implementation priorities for maternal nutrition that align with and support the newly drafted Maternal, Infant, Young Child, and Adolescent Nutrition guidelines.
27 Jul 2021 – 28 Jul 2021 @ All Day –
The fourth national ECD stakeholders’ conference will be held in Siaya county and hosted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.
07 Apr 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am –
In this webinar series various speakers provide an overview on how the World Bank works at global and national level to support early childhood.
A total of 22 parliamentarians in Zambia, selected from the Committees on Health, Community Development & Social Services; and Education, Science & Technology, participated in a virtual advocacy meeting supported by WHO, UNICEF, and partners on 9 December 2020. The Members of Parliament were taken through the rationale for investing in early childhood development, learned about efforts underway in the country, and explored the potential role lawmakers could play to advance the nurturing care agenda.
In an article published in 2016 by the World Economic Form, Linda M. Richter, Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwaterstrand, argues that low-cost interventions which facilitate and support nurturing care for infants in their first years of life contribute to lifelong health, wellbeing and productivity. The economic benefits of these interventions far outweigh the investment costs. “Simply put, we need to intervene earlier than we currently do.”