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.

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.

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.