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 →

This report summarizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurturing care for early childhood development based on the latest available data and proposes priority actions and interventions required to safeguard this critical period and ensure children’s optimal development during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report also showcases UNICEF Country Office initiatives supporting early childhood development across the five components of nurturing care.Read More →

This report highlights examples of the International Rescue Committee’s ECD programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, including brief summaries of programmes in Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa. The report’s main focus is on Bangladesh where IRC worked with in-country partners to support pregnant and lactating women living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps and surrounding communities with raising healthy and thriving infants.Read More →

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.Read More →

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.Read More →

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.Read More →

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.Read More →

On April 20th, the Hilton Foundation and their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Partner (Stellenbosch University) hosted a webinar for partners in the Young Children Affected by HIV and AIDS Initiative. The aim of the online meeting was to create a space for dialogue with partners about the initial challenges and solutions in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five presentations provided an in-depth picture of the situation for families and children at regional, national, and sub-national levels. The presenters shared what they are doing to mitigate the short- and long-term repercussions of the pandemic on children’s health, growth, and development.Read More →

This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Kenya. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development. Read More →

This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Rwanda. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development. Read More →

This interactive country profile, developed by the Early Childhood Development team, uses secondary sources to compile national data alongside information on national policies and programs to highlight both the needs and opportunities for promoting optimal child development in Uganda. This profile complements the Countdown to 2030 Country profiles for early childhood development. Read More →

HealthPhone™ is a video reference library and guide to better health and nutrition practices, for families and communities, including the illiterate, in their language, distributed on mobile phones. There are over 2,500 videos in 70+ languages. Topics include breastfeeding, safe motherhood and newborn health, child development and early learning, child protection, and malaria. Read More →

The fourth edition of Facts for Life consists of 14 chapters filled with practical information about how to ensure children’s rights to survival, growth, development and well-being. Available in multiple languages, the topics address pregnancy, childbirth, major childhood illnesses, child development, early learning, parenting, protection, and care and support of children. Each chapter has three parts: an introduction, key messages and supporting information.Read More →

This two page summary looks at the five indivisible components of nurturing care: good health; adequate nutrition; safety and security; opportunities for early learning and responsive caregiving. It offers definitions for each and provides illustrative examples of interventions.Read 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 →