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Investment in early childhood development

Researchers Maureen Black and Kristen Hurley in a comment in The Lancet (June, 2014) present a discussion focusing on the importance of investing in early childhood development and the role of the first 1000 days in providing sensitive opportunities for interventions that can prevent early threats and protect children from lifelong negative consequences.

Putting science into practice for early child development

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan state in the current issue of The Lancet : “The debate between nature and nurture as determinants of early child development is over. Today we understand that the two are inextricably linked. The degree of their interdependence—and the impact of this interplay on the developing brains of children—is even greater than we previously imagined”.

Global Health and Development in Early Childhood

Authors Frances E. Aboud and Aisha K. Yousafzai review evidence from developing countries on how co-occuring nutritonal and health risks for children under the age of two, coupled with lack of psychosocial stimulation prevent children from reaching their cognitive and language potential.

InBrief Series from the Center on the Developing Child

The Center on the Developing Child at the Harvard University’s InBrief Series provides brief summaries of recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation. The briefs are one-sheet, designed to be printed on one page, front and back, are also available as a companion video series.

A vision for post-2015:Dame Tessa Jowell calls for renewed efforts on international commitments to early childhood development

Dame Tessa Jowell asserts that the campaign to ensure that a commitment to early childhood development is enshrined in the new global development framework after 2015, must continue to September and beyond so that when countries consider progress between 2015-2030, early childhood development and improving the lives of children is a baseline against which they will measure success.

The formative years: UNICEF’s work on measuring early childhood development

UNICEF monitors and reports on a variety of domains of  child development and well-being including nutritional status, immunization and parenting practices.
While data for these areas are available for many countries, there is no systematic reporting on other important aspects of early childhood development. UNICEF has been working with countries to close this knowledge gap and to develop specific indicators in three vital areas:

  • quality of care;
  • access to early childhood care and education;
  • overall developmental status of children

Early Childhood Development on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development has published a document titled ‘Early Childhood Development on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A response to the report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’ in which the global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental pote

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