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.


What is ECCD?

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

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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.