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UNICEF Executive Board emphasizes the importance of early childhood development as a key catalyst to achieve the SDGs


NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 February 2020 ─ The 2020 first regular session of the UNICEF Executive Board ended yesterday. Over the course of two and a half days, the Board discussed topics ranging from United Nations development system reform and improving the Board’s working methods to humanitarian action and the approval of four new country programme documents.

DSÖ-UNICEF-Lancet: Dünya çocuklara sağlıklı bir yaşam ve gelecekleri açısından uygun bir iklim sağlamakta başarısız kalıyor


NEW YORK/ LONDRA / CENEVRE, 19 Şubat - Tüm dünyadan 40’ı aşkın çocuk ve ergen sağlığı uzmanının yer aldığı komisyon tarafından bugün açıklanan önemli rapora göre dünyada çocuk sağlığını, çocukların çevresini ve geleceğini yeterince koruyan tek bir ülke bile bulunmamaktadır.

The Brain Architects Podcast: COVID-19 Special Edition:

Mental Health in a Locked-Down World


While some countries and U.S. states are beginning to reopen businesses and other gathering places, the pandemic is still very much with us. Physical distancing will likely be a way of life until a vaccine for COVID-19 is widely available. So much change, including the threat of illness, and grief of those who have lost loved ones, means that mental health is a great concern.

Prof. Dr. Neşe Erol Uğurböceği

Kapınızı Çalarsa


TANAP Official tarafından Sosyal ve Çevresel Yatırım Programları Kapsamında finanse edilen Eksi 25 Çocuk Köyü'ndeki etkinliklere Pandemi salgını sebebiyle ara vermiştik. Bizler de bu dönemde sizinle olan çalışmalara dijital platformda devam edeceğiz. Bu haftaki konuğumuz Ankara Üniv. Tıp Fak. Em. Öğrt. Üyesi Klinik Psikolog Prof. Dr. Neşe Erol

A Generation to Protect

Monitoring Violence, Exploitation

and Abuse of Children within the SDG Framework


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was unanimously agreed upon by the 193 Member States of the UN General Assembly in September 2015.1 The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Member States resolved to “end poverty in all its forms”, to take bold and transformative steps to “shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”, and to ensure that “no one will be left behind”

Caring for young children

during COVID-19


When the coronavirus lockdown has shrunk your world to the four walls around you, Joan Lombardi, the director of Early Opportunities, shares about caring for young children under lockdown. This is part one of a two-part interview with Joan Lombardi on the Protected! Podcast.

LIVES UPENDED How COVID-19 Threatens the Futures

of 600 Million South Asian Children


The lives and futures of children across South Asia are being torn apart by the Covid-19 crisis. While they may be less susceptible to the virus itself, children are being profoundly affected by the fallout, including the economic and social consequences of the lockdown and other measures taken to counter the pandemic. Decades of progress on children’s health, education and other priorities risk being wiped out. Yet the crisis has also presented opportunities to expose and tackle some of the longstanding challenges facing children in the region, especially those from the most vulnerable communities.

The Importance of

Early Child Development


Sensitive Periods in Early Brain Development are described by Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership

International Pediatric Association



The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is a non-profit organization that helps bring together the Pediatric Societies and Association from around the world to network, educate and advocate for the rights of children world wide.

After COVID-19,

a Future for the World's Children?


In February, 2020, the WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission’s report A Future for the World’s Children? examined threats facing children—from climate change and related crises of poverty, migration, and malnutrition; commercial marketing of harmful substances; and across all sectors, from unsafe roads and hazardous housing to inadequate education and social protection.1 The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating many of these threats, jeopardising child welfare gains, and causing a global economic crisis in which children will be prime casualties.2 Yet recovery and adaptation to COVID-19 can be used to build a better world for children and future generations.


The latest UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti paper summarizing recent analysis on investing in #earlychildhoodeducation in developing countries includes actions for improving access to pre-primary education. One example: calling donors to allocate at least 10% of their education investments to pre-primary education, including in emergency contexts.


Charles A. Nelson III, PhD, is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and serves as Director of Research in the Division of Developmental Medicine.


The default family paradigm that still prevails in most social service settings typically focuses on the family as “a mother and her children.” This emphasis tends to relegate fathers to a diminished role, marginalizing their potential and their importance. We invite you to learn about The Supporting Father Involvement program, a clinical and research intervention by the team of Drs. Philip A. Cowan, Carolyn Pape CowanMarsha Kline Pruett, and Kyle D. Pruett, MD. A statewide dissemination effort of SFI in California was conducted with the support of Strategies, and international replications are underway in Alberta, Canada and London and other cities of the U.K.


The prevalence of “toxic stress” and huge downstream consequences in disease, suffering, and financial costs make prevention and early intervention crucial, say Charles A Nelson and colleagues


Early childhood development (ECD) in the first few years of life lays the foundation for a lifetime's mental and physical health, education, labour market productivity, and wellbeing. ECD is receiving increasing attention and is included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Millions of children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries are at high risk of not achieving their full potential. Multiple factors influence this risk, including health, nutrition, security and safety, responsive caregiving, early learning opportunities, and access to safe water, sanitation and other basic services. 

An Essential Support for

Pregnant Women, Infants and Toddlers


Early Head Start is the only federal program dedicated to comprehensively promoting healthy child and family

development for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers living in families with incomes below the poverty line. This

focus acknowledges both the importance of the first three years in establishing the foundation for future development and the greater likelihood that young children in under-resourced families will fall behind, starting in infancy and before.

Framework on Early Childhood Development

in the WHO European Region


Early childhood is a critical period for the child to receive the nutrition and care that enable optimal development. Investing in early childhood development (ECD) is one of the best investments a country can make. A recent WHO/United Nations Children’s Fund/World Bank initiative, the Nurturing Care Framework, encompasses conditions for children to survive and thrive through public policies, programmes and services from conception to age 3 years. 

Operationalizing Nurturing Care
for Early Childhood Development


A unique convergence of evidence and commitment for the right of all children to be healthy and develop their full potential has led to early childhood development gaining traction as an important issue, shared across sectors through the promotion of nurturing care.

Technical meeting on Early Childhood Development

in the WHO European Region
Copenhagen, Denmark 11−12 October 2018


The WHO Regional Office for Europe convened the first meeting of an expert group on Early Childhood Development (ECD) on 11−12 October 2018. Global approaches to ECD stress the need for investment.

A Resource for Monitoring and Action:
Country Profiles on Early Childhood Development


Early development, starting from conception, is strongly influenced by the environment, both positively and negatively. The effects of these early experiences create benefits and constraints for health and well-being across the life course. Investment in early childhood development (ECD) during these formative years is increasingly recognized as a critical window for development of human capital and to reduce inequality.

The Science of Love in Childhood


In this ground-breaking new series by UNICEF, Laura Mucha – author, poet and children’s advocate – interviews some of the world’s leading experts to find out. 

The series sets out to cover how adversity impacts us as children and the adults we become, what we can do to protect and improve young people’s mental health, and why safe and loving relationships are so vital for children’s health, development and wellbeing throughout life.


Why is the prenatal-to-3 age period so important? New brief from Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at CFRP Child & Family Research Partnership explores the research on the developing brain and body during the earliest years and what it means for parents, caregivers, and systems.


How do we use the science of early childhood development to implement practical strategies and overcome longstanding barriers in the early childhood field? How can we ensure that families’ voices are heard when we create policies or programs?


As of 8 September 2020, there were 27 236 916 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 891 031 deaths reported to the World Health Organization.1 The direct effects of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and COVID-19 (the disease caused by the virus) are infection (of which ~80% of people will have no or mild symptoms), serious illness (~15% requiring hospitalisation and ~5% ventilation) and death (<1%).


A groundbreaking new study has shown that traumatic or stressful events in childhood may lead to tiny changes in key brain structures that can now be identified decades later.


Home visiting programs constitute an important policy to support vulnerable families with young children. One of their principal aims is to improve infant-parent relationships, so a key measure of their effectiveness is based on observational measures of parent-children interactions.

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