Early child development
The early child period is considered to be the most important developmental phase throughout the lifespan. Healthy early child development (ECD)—which includes the physical, social/emotional, and language/cognitive domains of development, each equally important—strongly influences well-being, obesity/stunting, mental health, heart disease, competence in literacy and numeracy, criminality, and economic participation throughout life. What happens to the child in the early years is critical for the child’s developmental trajectory and lifecourse.
The evidence of successful models and challenges to implementing early child development programs (pre-natal through to eight years ) was collected from countries, international agencies, NGOs and civil society. Criteria for successful implementation was developed for a range of country contexts, with particular focus on low income countries. Additionally, a database of successful program models was created and is now accessible via this site.