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

Publication date: 04/2015
Author: International Step by Step Association
Series: Reports No 5
This is a report on the International Consultation convened in Leiden, the Netherlands, in September 2014.

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.

The International Consultation brought together early childhood experts and stakeholders representing different regions of the world, who have experience in the measurement and improvement of quality of early years services. The meeting aimed to identify points of consensus in measuring quality and future directions for increasing the strength, innovation and cultural applicability of quality measurement.


2. Small Children, Big Cities: Impact through design intervention

Publication date:              04/2015

Author:                                Bernard van Leer Foundation & National Institute of Urban Affairs

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. In this report you find the highlights of the discussions, as well as the outcomes of the conference articulated as key recommendations and suggested guidelines.


3. Why early childhood development is the foundation for sustainable development – by Pia Britto

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. However, if we reduce ECD to one area of development, will limit the power of ECD to transform individuals and societies. We have learned that a developing brain needs multiple inputs – health, nurturing care, protection, and enrichment. By incorporating these multiple inputs into our early childhood development efforts, we can foster the developmental potential of young children. At the same time, we also maximize the multiplier effect ECD has on many of the Global Goals.


4. 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.

The messages presented in this note were generated from a Neuroscience Symposium organized by UNICEF on April 16, 2014, where 16 leading international scientists from different fields of neuroscience presented their latest evidence on the influences of experience and environment on child brain development.



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