This page is under development. For further information see below.   Related links Scaling up nurturing care in Siaya County, Kenya (May 2018): Scaling up place-based strategies to strengthen community early childhood systems (Spring Impact, 2019): Smart Start Siaya Campaign Twitter/X account: (follow the campaign: @NurturingCareKE)Read More →

Using a participatory process, the Aarambh (The Beginning) model engages frontline workers to deliver an adapted version of Care for Child Development in Maharashtra. The scaled-up model will engage 167,000 frontline workers and 7000 supervisors to cover a population of approximately 125 million.Read More →

Ahlan Simsim is an early childhood development (ECD) initiative in the Middle East, launched by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop in 2018. According to David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC, it is the world’s largest early childhood development program in a humanitarian setting. In December 2022 Ahlan Simsim passed a significant milestone: it has now reached more than one million children with direct services across Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.Read More →

This free app developed by UNICEF and national partners is designed to lend a helping hand to parents, with easy tips on topics like breast pumps, baby weaning, learning, toys, child protection and much more. Bebbo provides users with information based on studies and UNICEF’s expertise and helpful, interactive tools to help nurture and aid their child’s health and development. Read More →

عمان / بيروت / القاهرة 17 تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) 2022 – أصدرت اليوم الشبكة العربية للطفولة المبكرة (ANECD)، ولجنة الإنقاذ الدولية (IRC)، ومنظمة إنقاذ الطفولة ، ومنظمة اليونيسف، ومنظمة الصحة العالمية (WHO) تقرير بعنوان “النهوض بالرعاية في مرحلة التنشئة في الأوضاع الإنسانية”. يعرض التقرير الدروس المستفادة من سلسلة من ورش العمل التي عقدها الشركاء في العام 2021 لتعزيز الالتزام بتنمية الطفولة المبكرة في المنطقة، ويسلط الضوء على الجهود التي بذلها العراق والأردن وفلسطين وسوريا لضمان رعاية الأطفال الذين يعيشون في ظروف الأزمات.

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The Arab Network for Early Childhood, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization have released a new report “Advancing nurturing care in humanitarian settings: Overview of workshops in Arab countries” that shares learnings from a series of workshops held by partners in 2021 to advance commitment to early childhood development in the region, and highlights efforts by Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria to ensure nurturing care for children living in crisis settings.
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ARNEC is pleased to share the evidence from the Asia-Pacific region and the insights from experts and partners around the world exploring the deep interlinkages between climate change, environmental degradation and ECD to support the goal of enabling ECD systems and services for young children become more climate resilient, adequately funded, and their value better understood and considered by policy makers and climate scientists.Read More →

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, with participants including government delegates from relevant ministries (health, nutrition, education, child protection, women and child affairs), WHO and UNICEF staff and partners. Read More →

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) has more than 33,000 members across the country and is one of the largest professional associations of pediatricians in the region. In 2019, the President wrote about the important role pediatricians play in bridging science and parenting. Building on this, the IAP, working closely with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, have continued to draw attention to the important role pediatricians can play and are developing materials to support their practice. Read More →

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.Read More →

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.”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”. As they point out: “Nurturing care is widely considered to be a core part of successful early childhood interventions”. Also featured on the list is “Early Childhood Matters: Advances in early childhood development” from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, which provides an effective scan of recent thinking in the field, and has a strong focus on nurturing care.Read More →

Writing for the Daily Maverick, Director of Advocacy Aid Patricia Martin-Wiesner argues that achieving South Africa’s development vision in the next 25 years is possible if the country’s leadership prioritises the inclusive and equal development of children. Nurturing care is a formula for transformative, inclusive growth and development.Read More →

“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. “In order to support kids, we must support their caregivers, because their love and care is what children really need to thrive.”Read More →

Early learning activity sheets UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Basic Education and the LEGO Foundation have developed and distributed easy to understand early learning activity sheets for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years. The early learning activities are playful and canRead More →

The Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) is hosting three webinars looking at the Countdown 2030 Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development and how they are linked to the Nurturing Care Framework.Read More →