Early Childhood

Advocacy and Partnerships for Early Childhood Development

© UNICEF Peru/2005
Many infants like Dilver (at left) in Lamay, Peru, now benefit from the 'Buen Inicio' (Good Start) initiative.

The holistic nature of Early Childhood Development requires collaboration, consensus and partnership across different actors and sectors.  Each development sector — health, nutrition, child protection, education, water and sanitation — has its own priorities, but each sector also has a significant role to play in the development of young children.  Each development partner is able to reach different audiences through various methods and individual strengths. 

UNICEF is a strong believer in partnership and collaborative action.  It is only through successful partnerships that young children can be reached with services and support. To this end, UNICEF works with a wide range of stakeholders from governments, national and international non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, community and local organizations and individual families.  UNICEF's partnerships in early childhood development promote wider investment in young children, the scaling up of critical programmes and the broader fulfillment of children’s rights. 

  • The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Development is a key partner in the global movement for young children.  A consortium of organizations, donors, agencies and foundations, UNICEF is an active member and contributor to the Consultative Group’s efforts in research, programming, policy advocacy, monitoring and evaluation for young children. 
  • As a member of the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies, UNICEF works within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure the right to education in emergencies and post-crisis reconstruction.
  • The United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) is a key partner in the development of the 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, focusing on Early Childhood Care and Education.
  • The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is a collection of independent experts that monitors country’s adherence to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Since 2001, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has published thematic reports based on various human rights issues.  UNICEF is proud to have worked with the Committee on General Comment No. 7 - Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood.   UNICEF, together with partners, has also worked with the Committee on developing monitoring indicators and questions for early childhood development.

UNICEF is proud to work with these and many other organizations in efforts to provide integrated services and a supportive policy environment for young children.




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