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Early Childhood

Useful Links

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UN related links:

UNHCR supports the rights and well-being of refugees worldwide, including community-based care and preschool education for the youngest refugees.  The UNHCR website features information on caring for children refugees.  You can also find Refugee Children: Guidelines on Protection and Care, a booklet designed to improve and enhance the care of refugee children, featuring information such as feeding practices for young children.

The UNESCO web site features an extensive section on Early Childhood.  UNESCO promotes expanded access and quality of early childhood programmes, both home-based and in formal care centres. UNESCO publications include the Early Childhood and Family policy seriespolicy briefs, case studies and reviews of national policies on early childhood care and education.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): The UNFPA web site hosts extensive information on its safe motherhood program.

The World Bank's Early Childhood Development site: At this site you will find a collection of carefully selected resources on Early Child Development and related topics. The priorities for the selection have been quality, content and relevance, rather than quantity and nice design. Priority has also been given to sites of international importance.  See also their list of Country and Region Specific Resources.

The World Health Organization (WHO) web site features a section on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), a joint WHO/UNICEF strategy that trains health workers to provide comprehensive health assessments to young children, promotes positive care-giving practices among families and communities and improves the quality of available health care services.  Other WHO strategies for early childhood include immunization and disease prevention programs targeted to young children.   The website also features the publication"The importance of caregiver-child interactions for the survival and healthy development of young children" and the Child Growth Standards for children under five years of age.  Please also visit the Commission on Social Determinants of Health's Early Childhood Development Knowledge Network and the IMCI Care for Development brochure.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/Civil Society Organizations (CSOs):

Academy of Educational Development (AED)
The AED Ready to Learn Center focuses attention on the widespread problem of inadequate care and schooling for millions of young children in developing countries.  The Center’s core staff of professionals and consultants are specialists in early childhood development, education, nutrition, public health, and institutional capacity building.  In partnership with governments, NGOs, individuals, and communities, they provide needs assessments, policy analysis, research, strategic planning, program design, technical assistance, and training.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC)
ARNEC is a professional network established in 2008 to build strong partnerships across sectors and different disciplines, organizations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-pacific region to advance the agenda on and investment in Early Childhood.

Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
ADEA is a network of partners promoting the development of effective education policies (including ECD) based on African leadership and ownership. ADEA's Biennials encourage and sustain frank and open discussions between African ministers of education, development agencies, and other education professionals. ADEA's working groups ensure there focused attention on relevant and topical issues for education in Africa.

Bernard Van Leer Foundation
The Bernard van Leer Foundation funds and shares knowledge about work in early childhood development and child rights. The Foundation works with local partner organizations and funds field-based programmes that serve to influence policy and practice in ECD. The site contains links to publications, resources for ECD including a diary of upcoming events and more. 

Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD)
The CG is a diverse group of agencies, donors, NGO’s, and foundations that links with regional ECCD networkers comprising of individuals and organizations involved in the field of ECCD at all levels for young children 0-8 years of age, their families and communities. The sections Why ECCD? and What is ECCD? provide information on investing in ECCD. The Programmng Guide provides details on the preparation, planning, implementation, financing, monitoring and evaluation of diverse ECCD programming strategies. The web site offers access tp working papers, reports written or commissioned by the CG consortium and regional partners and/or by the secretariat as well as other publications. The Coordinators' Notebook provides a synthesis of the most recent information on topics of interest to people concerned about the well-being of young children and their families.

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
An online journal whose target audience is professionals working with young children and their families. 

The website offers Early Childhood learners world wide many opportunities to share ideas, access resources, and keep up to date on developments in the early childhood profession. Child Care Information Exchange is a bi-monthly magazine that specifically focuses on the needs of child care center administrators, in the USA. Parenting Exchange PDF articles provide practical, appropriate advice for parents on everyday parenting challenges. ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsbrief for ChildCareExchange.com. It is delivered five days a week. The World Forum promotes an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services in diverse settings. Of interest also, is the section on online education on early childhood education.

International Step by Step Association (ISSA)
ISSA is a forum for parents, teachers and faculty to promote the values of open society and equal access to a quality education for all children. ISSA’s Step by Step Programs provide a comprehensive foundation for reform of education and care for children from birth through age eight. ISSA provides a range of technical services including setting standards, certifiication, building partnerships, providing training, and supporting research. A range of resources including the journal, Educating Children for Democracy are also available.

National Association For The Education Of Young Children
NAEYC is the largestorganization of ECD educators and others working to improve the quality of programs and services for children birth through age eight. The website provides a number of links and resources and is continually updated. A variety of publications including jurnals such as the Young Children and the Early Childhood Research Quarterly are available. Many of the its publications are bilingual. NAEYC's conferences and gatherings bring together early childhood educators representing many roles -- teaching staff, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators -- to share and exchange information and exeriences. NAEYC has esablished different systems of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality in an effort to improve early childhood education.

Zero to Three
The Zero to Three website provides early chidhood professionals, parents and policmakers with informtion on a number of key topics on child development fom birth through age three.  Resouces inlude the eStore of online articles, the Zero to Three Journal (published 6 time a year), and training couses for trainers and practitioners working in child care, child welfare, early intervention and infant and early childhood mental health.

University/Research Institutions:

Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) represents an innovative approach to address the leadership and capacity building requirements of countries seeking to enhance their social and economic development through addressing the human development needs of their youngest citizens and the families and communities which nurture them. Partners include the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, CIDA, Bernard van Leer Foundation, the British Columbia Human Early Learning Partnerships (HELP) initiative, and participating countries.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) website provides publications on Child Behavior, Child Care, Child Care Research, Child Development, Child Health, Child Health Indicators, Child Health Research Centers, and Children's Report. The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) is a comprehensive longitudinal study initiated in 1989 to answer the many questions about the relationship between child care experiences and characteristics and children's developmental outcomes.




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