Maximizing the potential of the early years of a child’s life is the best investment that can be made to ensure their future success, and to increase their ability to make a lasting contribution to their communities.
Early Childhood Development
UNICEF invests in the essential building blocks for every growing child: nurturing care, good health, optimal nutrition and a stimulating and safe environment for all-round development and learning.
“A child has a right to develop to the maximum extent possible”.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has declared that “a child has a right to develop to the maximum extent possible”, affirming that early development is a right for all children across the globe.
UNICEF adopts an integrated approach to early childhood development by incorporating health, nutrition, education and parenting support to give every child in Azerbaijan the best possible start in life.
Some key facts:
- Lack of nutrition in early childhood leads to stunting
- Risks associated with poverty in early childhood – such as under nutrition and poor sanitation – can lead to developmental delays and a lack of progress in school.
- For a country, poor early childhood development could mean economic loss.