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Early Childhood

Care for Child Development Package

Publication details:

Publication date: 2012  Languages: English
ISBN: Participant's manual 978 92 4 154840 3, Facilitator notes 978 92 4 154840 3, Guide for clinical practice 978 92 4 154840 3, Framework for monitoring and evaluation 978 92 4 154840 3 

  1. Acknowledgements - English
  2. Introduction - French
  3. Foreword - English - French 
  4. Participant manual - English - French 
  5. Counseling cards - English - French
  6. Facilitator notes - English -  French
  7. Guide for clinical practice - English - French
  8. Framework for M&E - English - French
  9. Poster - English - French
CCD Cover

Globally over 200 million children do not reach their developmental potential in the first 5 years of life because they live in poverty, and have poor health services, nutrition and psycho¬social care. These disadvantaged children do poorly in school and subsequently have low incomes, high fertility, high criminality, and provide poor care for their own children. The health sector in countries has the capacity to play a unique role in the field of early child development because the most important window of opportunity for ensuring optimal development and prevention of risk of long-term damage is from pregnancy through the first five years of life. Therefore health care encounters for women and young children are important opportunities to help strengthen families’ efforts to promote children’s early development and may represent a critical time when health professionals in developing countries can positively influence parents of young children to enable their development.

Care for Child Development (CCD) is a landmark and holistic ECD intervention that was originally developed in the late 90s as part of the regular child health visits as specified in the WHO/UNICEF strategy of Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI). Since then there have been other initiatives such as Accelerated Childhood Survival and Development (ACSD), Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF), and Maternal and Newborn Health Care (MNHC). This updated version of the package can be integrated in these initiatives as well to support families to care for their children and help them survive, grow and develop their full potential. The Care for Child Development intervention provides information and recommendations for cognitive stimulation and social support to young children, through sensitive and responsive caregiver-child interactions.

The CCD package guides health workers and other counselors as they help families build stronger relationships with their children and solve problems in caring for their children at home. Care for child development recommends play and communication activities for families to stimulate the learning of their children. Also, through play and communication, adults learn how to be sensitive to the needs of children and respond appropriately to meet these needs. These basic care-giving skills contribute to the survival, as well as the healthy growth and development, of young children.



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