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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
A long-term Jamaican study by GCDG steering committee members, Prof. Sally McGregor and Prof. Susan Walker shows that surprisingly simple ways of stimulating children’s mental development can have dramatic benefits later in life.
Read an article by Michael Feigelson in The Guardian rationalizing why investments in early childhood makes business sense and emphasizing that for corporates to invest in the world’s youngest generation, we need to appeal to the intrinsic motivations that move business leaders everyday
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