The Foundation of Early Childhood Consulting: Your Mission, Value, and Differentiators, by Gary Romano

This webinar, presented by Gary Romano of Civitas Strategies, will draw from the forthcoming book Small But Mighty to help you start your own consultancy or define the most important pillars of your work. In this first installment of the Small but Mighty Consultants Series, we’ll focus on clarifying your mission, uncovering your value (what[…]

The Path for Math in Early Childhood: The Learning Trajectories Perspective, by Dr. Douglas Clements and Dr. Julie Sarama

What are the mathematical and educational building blocks of early mathematics? What role should these building blocks play in a developmentally appropriate setting? Join two of the most preeminent early math experts in the country, Dr. Douglas Clements and Dr. Julie Sarama, as they describe research-based learning trajectories as the core of all aspects of[…]

The Power of Optimism: Helping Early Childhood Educators See the Best in Themselves, Their Students and Their World, by Steve Gross

Optimism is powerful. When children grow to see the good in themselves, the good in others and the good in their world – their social, emotional, and cognitive superpowers emerge. However, for the seeds of optimism to take root, they must be nurtured. Sadly, in toxically stressful environments that can result from poverty, violence and[…]

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B.Ed. Early Childhood Development and Family Studies

Organizer UWI Open Campus Target Audience Community Workers, Parents, Policy Makers, Practitioners, Teachers, Time needed for completion 1170 hours Keywords Training Description The BSc in Youth Development Work is the first degree programme of its kind in the Commonwealth Caribbean. It was designed by the Undergraduate Programmes Department and the Social Welfare Training Centre (SWTC)[…]

Online Course on “How Children Learn”

Organizer Institute of Child and Human Development (ICHD) in partnership with Red River College, Canada Target Audience Any interested person who is a university graduate in any subject. Policy Makers, Frontline and Mid-level staffs of Government and Non-Government organizations, Program Managers, Planners & Trainers, Curriculum & Material, Developers, Researchers & Evaluation Specialists. Time needed for[…]

What is ECCD?

Early childhood encompasses the period of human development from prenatal through the transition from home or ECCD centre into the early primary grades (prenatal – 8 years of age). ECCD links the young child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical processes with the care (by families, communities and the nation) required to support their development. Framed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ECCD field is interdisciplinary in its focus.

2016: What is relevant for the well-being of children? – UNICEF Connect

This year, more than 140 million babies will be born around the globe – a group nearly as large as the entire population of the Russian Federation. In total, there will be an estimated 2.2 billion babies by 2030, the overwhelming majority of whom will be born in Africa and Asia. What is in store for the first babies of 2016?

Welcome to the Hubs of Knowledges, Learning and Interactive Communication!

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CG) A global inter-agency consortium composed of international and national organizations, regional networks, NGOs, academic institutions among others. By effectively connecting the resources of its partners and making available the hubs of knowledges, learning and interactive communication to committed development agencies, policy makers and practitioners at[…]

The Importance of Early Childhood Development to Education

Prepared for the Global Meeting of the Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Dakar, March 18-19, 2013 Current and future global development goals, including education goals, will only be met with attention to the overall development of young children (0-8 years). This must be within the context of a human development and[…]

Appeal to the Member States of the United Nations

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an essential component of the new global development framework. Without the best start in life for all children, there is no foundation for sustainable societies. Young children have the right beyond survival to thrive and contribute to sustainable communities and the workforce.

Early Childhood in Times of Rapid Change

Save the Date for ISSA’s 2016 Conference

ISSA’s 2016 Conference will unite all aspects of the early childhood workforce to explore the impact of shiftingdemographics, migration, rising inequality and technological advancements on social cohesion, family stability and governments’ abilities to provide quality public services to those who need them most.

Early Childhood in Times of Rapid Change will investigate ways to respond to these changes while safeguarding the rights of our youngest citizens and fulfilling their needs.

Building Better Brains: New Frontiers in Early Childhood Development

Advances in neuroscience are beginning to drive a revolutionary shift in the way we think about child development, as we learn more about the impact of both positive and negative experiences — and the interplay of experience and genetics — on the developing brain. These developments have significant implications for the future of millions of the world’s most disadvantaged children and their societies — and therefore for our work in both humanitarian and development contexts.

Why early childhood development is the foundation for sustainable development

The new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 recognize that children are agents of change when they channel their infinite potential to create a better world. The purpose of the agenda is clear: to eradicate poverty and hunger, restore human dignity and equality, protect the planet, manage natural resources, promote economic prosperity, and foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies. ECD is included in Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Counting on Quality: Measuring and Improving Quality in Early Childhood Environments

To protect children’s rights and promote their development, quality in early childhood settings is essential. Across the global early childhood community, there is consensus that quality is both immensely important and unfortunately, not adequately ensured. Reflecting the broad support for attention to quality, ISSA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, in partnership with the World Bank and the Brookings Institution, joined forces to call attention to the importance of measuring and improving quality in early childhood environments.

Small Children, Big Cities: Impact through design intervention

This is a report on the national conference ‘Small Children, Big Cities: Building Smart Child-Friendly Cities for 21st-century India’, held on 28 and 29 November 2014 in New Delhi, India. During this conference – organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation with support from the National Institute of Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India – the participants discussed issues concerning urban infrastructure and services, such as housing, water and sanitation, and early childhood services, as well as issues regarding the quality of recreational spaces for children, and the transportation and mobility needs of children in cities.

New article from UNICEF on sustainable Development

Why early childhood development is the foundation for sustainable development “We are living through a watershed year for global development with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, an agenda for 2030 that is the universal development charter for the 21st century. These new SDG Goals recognize that children are agents of change when they[…]

Global Early Childhood Organizations

What can they achieve in the 21st century?

Thanks to everyone who participated in this survey. Your support is greatly appreciated. We are currently analyzing the results and we will be publishing them soon.

There will be global conversations on the results of this survey in early January 2016.

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What is ECCD?

The ECCD field is interdisciplinary in its focus. It includes health, nutrition, education, social science, economics, child protection, and social welfare.

The Big Picture Video

The Big Picture: Young Children & the Global Development Agenda Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an essential component of the new global development framework. Without the best start in life for all children, there is no foundation for sustainable societies. Young children have the right beyond survival to thrive and contribute to sustainable communities and[…]

The Notebook

Published since 1985, the Coordinators’ Notebook provides a synthesis of the most recent information on topics of interest to people concerned about the well-being of young children and their families.

Now published annually, The Coordinators’ Notebook comprises a focussed, issue-based article, identified through feedback from partners and/or emerging gaps and priorities in the field. Each Notebook has a main article with related case studies, which draw upon experiences from around the world as well as news from the CG networks and new resources, upcoming conferences etc.

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Annual Consultations

The CG’s Annual Consultations are a vital meeting point for knowledge generation, advocacy work as well as strengthening partnerships and building new alliances. Where possible, the CG’s Annual Consultation is held in a region to highlight regional experiences, facilitate and promote regional participation, provide opportunities for input from key regional and national EC actors in that region and to work collectively on regional priorities.

Global Summit on Childhood

The Global Summit on Childhood, a program within the Decade for Childhood, provides a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among the global community about the experience of childhood.

The 2016 Global Summit on Childhood brings together individuals from around the world and across disciplines to explore the role of childhood in ensuring a positive human future during a time of rapid change.