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Early Childhood Development interventions cut across all UNICEF programme areas. Ensuring that children develop to their full potential requires interventions in programmes for child survival and development, education, HIV/AIDS, child protection, and social policy and partnerships. For example, UNICEF’s work to support community and family care practices that impact the lives of young children not only use health and nutrition interventions but also add early stimulation and interaction. Similarly, ensuring that young children are developmentally ready for school is an integral part of UNICEF’s education priority.
UNICEF focuses on three areas of intervention for early childhood development: quality basic health, education and protection services; good care practices for children within the family and community; and early child development policies. UNICEF works with governments and other partners to achieve the following objectives to increase the likelihood of all disadvantaged children benefitting from interventions:
By employing a number of proven strategies, such as working with partners, developing communication strategies, building on local strengths and needs, relying on scientific knowledge and linking services to existing interventions, UNICEF is able to reach communities, parents, families, caregivers and most of all, children.