Tessa Jowell, reports on the Open Working Group’s first revision of the Sustainable Development Goals Zero Draft which was published on 3rd July,2014 stating that there was some great news from the ECD community, Target 4.1 reads: “by 2030 provide all children access to quality early childhood care and pre-primary education.”
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The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally aims to connect the best science on how to support children’s growth and development with practices and policies on the ground around the world. Forum activities will highlight the science and economics of integrated investments in young children living in low resourced areas of the world across the areas of health, nutrition, education, and social protection, and two generation approaches.
A report on new analysis of a long-term study titled ‘ Labor market returns to an early childhood stimulation intervention in Jamaica’ involving GCDG Steering Committee members, Prof. Sally Grantham McGregor and Prof. Susan Walker shows that surprisingly simple ways of stimulating children’s mental development can have dramatic benefits later in life.
The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children released a draft of the briefing which highlights the importance of ending the legal and social acceptance of violent punishment for young children and urged organizations promoting improved conditions for young children to incorporate advocacy for prohibition of corporal punishment into their work. They aim to circulate the final version of the briefing to promote prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment of children.
This study by Araujo, Maria Caridad, Lopez Boo, Florencia and Puyana, Juan Manuel collects and systematizes detailed, updated amd comparable information about the design, management, funding and quality of child development services in Latin America and the Caribbean. It focuses on two types of programs serving children from 0-3 years of age and their families: (a) Those that provide child care through institutional and community modalities and (b) parenting programs.
Through the generosity of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and friends and family of Prof. Patrice Engle – our founder member, a Dissertation Award has been established through the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. The Grant includes US $5,000 to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD.
We are very pleased to announce that a special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, entitled “Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Psychosocial Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development” is now available online (open access) at http://www.nyas.org/publications/annals/default.aspx. The issue was spearheaded by Prof. Patrice Engle and is dedicated to her. The series was coordinated by GCDG and the NYAS Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.
‘Children’s right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide’ authored by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell, published by Bernard van Leer Foundation, draws on play as a discrete element of CRC article 31, differentiated from rest, leisure and recreation as something interwoven into children’s daily lives and not controlled by adults.
The Aga Khan Foundation’s Madrasa Early Childhood Programme operates in the three East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Beginning as a pilot project at the request of the Muslim community in Mombasa, Kenya, it has gone on to help establish over 200 community pre-schools and teach over 67,000 children. Research findings demonstrate that the Madrasa approach makes a real difference in children’s cognitive development and later success in school.
This month we feature ‘The Power to Play: from Trash to Treasure’, a travelling toy exhibition by ChildFund International.Research asserts the importance of play in the holistic development of children right from infancy. However, many children particularly in developing nations are deprived of this right. This initiative shows how play and toys which are an integral part of childhood, become accessible to children across the globe and not remain a privilege for children in the Majority world.