The 2023 Country Profiles for ECD (in AR,EN,FR,SP,RU) were developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s & Adolescent’s Health.
This scoping review aims to identify implementation pathways of Reach Up (RU) and Care for Child Development (CCD) programmes in low- and middle-income countries. The review includes 33 programmes from 23 low- and middle-income countries. A thematic analysis identified 37 implementation strategies across six “building blocks of implementation”: programme emergence, intersectoriality, intervention characteristics, workforce, training, and monitoring systems.
This 2021 collection of “Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development” has been developed by UNICEF in collaboration with Countdown to 2030 Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health. The profiles are an attempt to compile, in one place, the available data for country and cross-country monitoring and to provide a baseline against which progress can be monitored.
In this brief, Global TIES researchers evaluate a phone-delivered version of a parenting program in the Middle East and the first randomized-controlled evaluation of an audio-only parenting program.
This 4 page brief summarizes the rationale and implementation strategies of the Ahlan Simsim initiative, as well as the prelminary results. It shows that caregivers want to know more about how they can support their children’s development and that health workers, when equipped with the right content and tools, can respond to this need.
These articles explore implementation of ‘Reach Up’ in multiple low- and middle-income countries. The papers illustrate how it can be delivered through multiple platforms, including home visits, group settings, and health facility contacts and community outreach.
Forty-two randomised controlled trials with 15,557 infants were included in the narrative synthesis to determine the effect of early childhood development interventions delivered by healthcare providers (HCP-ECD) on child cognition and maternal mental health.
These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on parenting interventions for parents and caregivers of children aged 0-17 years that are designed to reduce child maltreatment and harsh parenting, enhance the parent-child relationship, and prevent poor parent mental health and child emotional and behavioural problems.
This report summarizes the findings of a multicountry study examining the impact of formula milk marketing on infant feeding decisions and practices, which was commissioned by WHO and UNICEF. The research study – the largest of its kind to date – draws on the experiences of over 8500 women and more than 300 health professionals across eight countries (Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Viet Nam). It exposes the aggressive marketing practices used by the formula milk industry, highlights the impacts on women and families, and outlines opportunities for action.
This three-paper series outlines the multifaceted and highly effective strategies used by commercial formula manufacturers to target parents, health-care professionals, and policy-makers. The industry’s dubious marketing practices—in breach of the breastfeeding Code—are compounded by lobbying of governments, often covertly via trade associations and front groups, against strengthening breastfeeding protection laws and challenging food standard regulations.
This advocacy brief makes the case that investing in early childhood development is a climate-change friendly investment. It presents the problem, the case for making investment, suggested actions, and efforts underway.
The authors provide a set of 10 theory-embedded action questions that service providers can reflect on and apply during their routine interactions with families and young children. These questions pertain to four layers outlined in the Nurturing care framework.
Cette publication explique trois points clés du document de travail 15 : « Connecter le cerveau au reste du corps ».
This brief distills three key points from the Harvard Center for the Developing Child’s Working Paper 15: Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body.
The Health Systems for Early Child Development platform is a one-stop-shop for policy makers, service providers, and service planners, where they can access latest evidence-based guidance and resources on early childhood development policies and programmes that health care systems can incorporate and build on. It is also a learning community that enables discussions and knowledge exchange on building a responsive system that addresses the needs of young children and their families.
This framework outlines fundamental principles and recommendations to improve service delivery for vulnerable pēpi (babies/young children) in the first 1000 days.
This fourth thematic brief from MMA explains how early childhood development contributes to gender equality. They focus on how ECD services prevent gender-based violence in emergencies and how they close the gender gap in parental care.
In this thematic brief Moving Minds Alliance looks at integrating early childhood development in emergencies within nutrition sector response plans and programs. They share evidence from various contexts of the positive effects that integration of ECDIE and nutrition has on both children and their caregivers. They include some existing entry points for integration and examples of different nutrition and responsive caregiving programs.
Moving Minds Alliance dives deeper to understand our brain and how it responds to stress. They consider threats faced by young children in crisis, such as being exposed to prolonged stress and adversity, and discuss how to mitigate the impact on their brain development. They also share how the humanitarian sector can incorporate early childhood development programs in their emergency response plans and programs through the nurturing framework lens.