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This section introduces some recent resources and toolkits developed by UNICEF and it's partners. These resources could be used by a wide range of stakeholders engaged in strengthening family competencies for protecting and fulfilling the rights of their children. They are available through the UNICEF country offices.
Parenting Education Toolkit: Resources for working with families to support young children.
This CD ROM presents strategies for strengthening families’ competencies to ensure their young children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation, and has examples of programmes from over 30 countries. Good parenting programmes not only provide families with critical information on care practices, but they also help families develop skills and confidence in their ability to give their children the best start in life. [Word]
Early Childhood Resource Pack: Young Child Survival, Growth & development through Integrated Program
This Early Childhood Resource Pack is designed to help program planners and managers understand the basic elements of the best start in life for children and learn effective strategies for achieving them. It is based on successful large-scale programming experiences of UNICEF and its partners worldwide. One of the five modules of the Resource Pack (Module Three) focuses on the tools and skills necessary for effective programming for young children in the context of their families and communities. [Word]
Child Needs Assessment Toolkit: Resources for Organizations in Designing Programs to Help Young Children in Areas Heavily Impacted by the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
UNICEF is working to support families in the effort to enhance early childhood development efforts, particularly in areas affected by a high incidence of HIV/AIDS infection. One tool useful in this effort is the Child Needs Assessment (CNA) Toolkit, that was developed by the Early Child Development Team, Education Sector of the World Bank and the Task Force for Child Survival and Development in 2002.
The CNA Toolkit provides organizations working in communities a methodology, questionnaire and software for assessing the needs of young children. Using the furnished survey, interviewers gather information about the family and the main caregiver of young children from sample households, as well as facts regarding the basic needs and unmet needs of each child under 8 years of age. After entering survey information using pre-programmed data entry screens, organizations can use a furnished software program to analyze the data and generate reports that can be used in program planning. [PDF]