In western Kenya, the government of Siaya County is demonstrating the vital role of subnational leaders in promoting nurturing care for early childhood development (ECD). The Governor is leading the scale-up of policies, programmes and services in support of nurturing care and ensuring that caregivers have the tools and informationRead More →

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 parenting and feeding advice. Between 1990 and 2016, the under-5,Read More →

News and features South-East Asia multisectoral meeting to promote nurturing care for early childhood development On: 5 May 2021 The WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, in collaboration with UNICEF, organized a 3-day virtual meeting to promote nurturing care for early childhood development. The meeting brought together participants from 11 countries,Read More →

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 and security, responsive caregiving and opportunities for learning. In Greece,Read More →

Investing in early childhood development is one of the best investments a country can make to boost economic growth, promote peaceful and sustainable societies, and eliminate extreme poverty and inequality1,2. Equally important, investing in early childhood development is necessary to uphold the right of every child to survive and thrive.3Read More →

The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and​ the Early Childhood Development Action Network, launched the​ Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development during the 71st World Health Assembly, on 23 May 2018. You can readRead More →

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 committed to improving newborn health and has made it aRead More →

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 of not developing to their full potential due to povertyRead More →

Nurturing Care Framework toolkit Country profiles Publications Advocacy resources Training materialsRead More →

Publications World Economic Forum welcomes WHO ECD guideline and nurturing care approach “Getting the world’s leading public health body to back guidelines supporting love and nurturing care was a feat of science and advocacy decades in the making” writes Annabelle Timsit, in an article on the World Economic Forum website.Read More →

About What is nurturing care? What is the Nurturing Care Framework for ECD? Why Nurturing Care? Frequently asked questionsRead More →

Investing in early childhood development is good for everyone – governments, businesses, communities, parents and caregivers, and most of all, babies and young children. It is also the right thing to do, helping every child realize the right to survive and thrive. The Nurturing Care Framework draws on state-of-the-art evidence on how early childhood development unfolds to set out the most effective policies and services that will help parents and caregivers provide nurturing care for babies. It is designed to serve as a roadmap for action, helping mobilise a coalition of parents and caregivers, national governments, civil society groups, academics, the United Nations, the private sector, educational institutions and service providers to ensure that every baby gets the best start in life.Read More →

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) evidence-based guide for anyone making policy relating to young children”.Read More →

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 to treat maternal depression in Pakistan. Highlighting innovations, the pathRead More →

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 of cross-sector partnerships and linked initiatives. Now with a comprehensiveRead More →

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 of the main program, UNICEF’s Pia Rebello Britto (pictured) deliveredRead More →

U.K.education specialist Ray Harris recommends the nurturing care model in his blog “Capacity Building for Sustainable Development”. He writes: “The Nurturing Care Framework is designed to mobilise a coalition of parents and caregivers, national governments, civil society groups, academics, the United Nations, the private sector, educational institutions and service providersRead More →

“…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: “InvestingRead More →