While there has been increasing attention in global public health towards designing and delivering programs, services, and policies to promote nurturing care, measurement has focused more on the components of health and nutrition, with less attention to early learning, responsive caregiving, and safety and security. This study provides a comprehensive review of the current state of measurement of nurturing care.Read More →

This publication summarizes results of an international survey conducted by ECDAN in December 2021 to identify pressing research priorities, with a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries. The survey identified components of nurturing care (i.e., health, nutrition, child protection, opportunities for learning, and responsive caregiving) that should be prioritized in the next 12 months. Read More →

The research round up describes the nature and scope of 411 peer-reviewed, publicly available scientific research studies published during January 2020 and October 2021 (an average of 30 articles per month) related to early childhood development (ECD). The authors summarize who the studies have been conducted with; where the studies have been conducted; how they have been conducted in terms of research design; and priority research topics addressed so far. Nearly 85% of the included COVID-19 studies address themes of maternal and child health or nutrition. In contrast, 9% of the studies focus on themes of early learning or responsive caregiving. Lastly, 7% of the COVID-19 studies focus primarily on children’s safety and security. Read More →

UNICEF’s Community-Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package is used globally for infant and young child feeding counseling. This study aimed to: 1) identify and map existing nurturing care content; 2) identify gaps related to nurturing care or feeding elements; 3) identify country level nurturing care adaptations; and 4) identify best practices and lessons learned from country adaptations that can be recommended for inclusion.Read More →

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.Read More →

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.Read More →

هذا العرض المسجل يصف كيف يمكن أن نضمن بقاء كافة الأطفال على قيد الحياة وازدهارهم ووصولهم إلى إمكاناتهم النمائية الكاملة. ويصف مفهوم “الرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة” ويقدّم نظرة عامة على “إطار عمل الرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة”، كما يؤكد على ضرورة خلق بيئات ممكّنة للرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة، واستخدام منافذ قائمة، والتعاون ضمن القطاعات وبينها وضمن أصحاب المصلحة وبينهم.

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يشرح هذا العرض ومدته 7 دقائق المكونات الخمسة للرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة: الصحة الجيدة، والتغذية الكافية، والأمن والسلامة، وفرص التعلم المبكر، وتقديم الرعاية المتجاوبة. يشدّد العرض على أنّ تقديم الرعاية المتجاوبة المكوّن الأساسي، كما يقدّم العرض أمثلة عن تفاعلات متجاوبة بين أهل وأطفال.

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يقدّم هذا العرض المسجل ومدته 6 دقائق لمحة عامة سريعة عن “الإجراء الاستراتيجي 4: رصد التقدم”. يتناول العرض ثلاثة مستويات من الرصد: رصد السكان ورصد البرامج والرصد الفردي. ويصف العرض الموارد المتاحة والقادمة، لاسيما ملامح البلدان في ما يتعلق بتنمية الطفولة المبكرة، ومؤشر تنمية الطفولة المبكرة لعام 2030، والنطاق العالمي لتنمية الطفولة المبكرة.

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يوفر هذا العرض المسجل ومدته دقيقتان لمحة عامة سريعة عن “الإجراء الاستراتيجي 1: القيادة والاستثمار”. يصف العرض المجالات الثلاثة في هذا الإجراء الاستراتيجي وهي الحوكمة والسياسات والتمويل. وهذا الإجراء هو الأول من الإجراءات الاستراتيجية الخمسة المذكورة في إطار عمل “الرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة”. من المهم أن يَحدث تقدّمٌ في هذا الإجراء الاستراتيجي لأنه سيخلق البيئة التمكينية للمضي قدمًا في الإجراءات الاستراتيجية الأربعة الأخرى.

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يقدم هذا العرض المسجل ومدته 9 دقائق لمحة عامة عن الوضع بالنسبة إلى الأطفال على مستوى العالم، وبشكل أخص الأطفال الذين يعيشون في أوضاع إنسانية (اعتبارًا من أيلول/سبتمبر 2021). وبينما يجري إحراز تقدم، لا تزال هناك فجوات كبيرة في السياسة والتمويل والممارسة، لاسيما في السياقات الإنسانية. كما يقدم العرض الملخص المواضيعي “الرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة للأطفال الذين يعيشون في أوضاع إنسانية” الذي يقدم اقتراحات حول كيفية ضمان حصول الأطفال في البيئات الإنسانية على الرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة

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In humanitarian response, practitioners often use humanitarian standards and sector-specific guidelines to standardize the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programming. While there have been some analysis of humanitarian standards and guidance, to our knowledge there has been no comprehensive review that analyzes existing humanitarian standards and guidance documents to identify alignment with ECD. To fill this gap, this study reviews 15 existing humanitarian standards and guidance documents and assesses the extent to which early childhood interventions and the needs of infants, young children, and caregivers are included.Read More →

This analysis summarises the situation of young children across several policy areas impacting their development. It is based on data collected from nine European countries and consolidated in nine country profiles. It draws attention towards four key findings across policy areas impacting ECD and priorities for policy-making and investment in early childhood at the European and country level.Read More →

The WHO has commissioned a systematic review and meta-analysis of 102 randomized controlled trials of parenting interventions for children during the first 3 years of life that were implemented across a total of 33 countries. Among the findings, the review found greater effects on child cognitive development, parenting knowledge, parenting practices, and parent–child interactions for programs that focused on responsive caregiving compared to those that did not.Read More →

This study was a two-arm, randomized controlled trial set in high volume, public tertiary care units in Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, and Tanzania. The babies in the immediate kangaroo mother care group started the intervention as soon as possible after birth and got an average of 17 hours per day in the Mother-Newborn ICU. In the control group, kangaroo mother care was started only after the baby was stable, with babies receiving KMC on an average of 1.5 hours per day while in the neonatal ICU. After clinically stable, babies in both the study groups received kangaroo mother care (about 19 hours/day) as recommended by WHO guidelines.Read More →

This paper explores the experiences of neonatal health care providers caring for small and sick newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic. An online survey in three languages was used to collect data on COVID-19 preparedness, effects on health personnel and on newborn care services, including kangaroo mother care, as well as disruptors and solutions. There were 1120 responses from 62 countries, mainly low and middle-income countries.Read More →