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Early Childhood

ECD Programmes

The key functions of UNICEF Programmes are to provide technical leadership, sector specific technical guidance, support to country offices to influence national programmes to go to scale with proven interventions as well as manage and disseminate programme knowledge and experiences. 

This is done at the larger macro level by influencing ECD in social policies to create an enabling environment for supportive home environment and caring practices, and at the community-level by providing technical assistance to community-based ECD programmes and building capacity of national and local government counterparts. Since ECD is a cross-cutting area, it is integrated into the Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygine, Education, and Child Protection Programmes of UNICEF. 

The following links will take you to the two levels of inter-sectoral ECD programmes supported by UNICEF.



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