Key Thematic Issues
Early Childhood Development



  Early childhood care and development in emergencies: A programme guide
Plan - 2012
The overall aim of this guide is to promote consistent, high quality Early Childhood and Care in Development (ECCD) in emergencies programming. This guide is divided into three parts. In Part 1, the Background explains what is meant by ECCD, why it is such a crucial ingredient in emergencies programming, and key considerations to prevent exclusion or discrimination among certain groups. In Part 2, Taking Action provides practical guidance about how to prepare for, implement and monitor ECCD interventions in emergencies. In this Part, you will find specific sections that include interventions for each phase of emergencies programming, presented by sector and by children’s age groups. A last section describes monitoring and evaluation of ECCD in emergencies. In Part 3, Resources includes the references, a glossary, and index.

  Investing in the Youngest: Early childhood care and development in emergencies
Plan - 2012
This document outlines the different impacts that disasters and emergencies can have on young children. It also shows in emergencies programming is already helping to limit those impacts. Plan’s experience of providing support to the very youngest children in humanitarian situations has shown that eight key components are critical to protecting children from physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and psychological harm. These components are: 1. Strengthening children’s protective environment through parents and other caregivers; 2. Increasing children’s nutrition and health status; 3. Preparing children to enter and succeed in school; 4. Decreasing stress and improving psychosocial wellbeing; 5. Increasing opportunities for birth registration in emergencies; 6. Changing attitudes about girls; 7. Increasing government commitment for ECCD in emergencies; and 8. Reducing vulnerability to future disasters.

  Noteworthy Practices: Early Childhood Development in Emergencies
UNICEF - 2012
This document presents practices of note from the Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, and Swaziland with examples from practitioners who have worked with young children and are now well placed to share lessons learned, challenges, and success stories with others working in disaster risk reduction and emergency planning and response.

  Integrating Early Childhood Development (ECD) activities into Nutrition Programmes in Emergencies: Why, What, and How
UNICEF & WHO - 2012
Developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, this document helps to give practical advice on how to integrate early childhood development activities with nutrition programs in emergencies. The report gives examples of stimulation activities for children, explains what is most effective in early childhood development programs, and addresses some of the possible challenges associated with such an endeavor. The appendices give more tangible steps to undertake when setting up an emergency feeding program in order to integrate early childhood education activities.

  Early Child Development - Investing in our children's future
Young, M.E. (editor) World Bank - 1996
This tool is aimed at policymakers, UN/NGO Program Coordinators, MOE or other ministry supporting infants/pre-schoolers and their families. It provides an overview of theory, different programmatic approaches and funding issues in ECD. The report includes sections on increasing skills of different care-givers including parents. Each section uses real case studies to illustrate possibilities.