12 October 2022

Family Friendly Policies

Our Vision, The prosperity of societies depends on the development of the individuals that comprise them. In turn, the social and economic well-being of each of them is directly related to the decisions made by governments and companies, as they impact their lives. We know that all fathers, mothers and caregivers, in addition to caring for and being in charge…, What are Family Friendly Policies?,   They are a set of decisions and actions that favor parents and caregivers so that they can balance their work and family life. To achieve their goal, these policies generally seek to provide three types of resources that are essential for parents and caregivers of young children: time, finances, and services. We have identified five types of…, The changes we seek to promote in the countries, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 2021. A father holds his baby during a routine check-up with the pediatrician. Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From maternity leave to parental leave, We promote that both the mother and the father can have the time and support necessary to strengthen the bond of attachment with their baby and provide the loving and sensitive care required for early childhood development., Ñemby, Central, Paraguay. June 2021. A family during a routine check up with the pediatrician. Doctor Cirila Quintana counsels the family on Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From individual responsibility to co-responsibility, The balance between work and family responsibilities is an issue that needs to be addressed by fathers and mothers alike and, in addition to families, also by governments and employers., Belmopan, Belize. June 2021. Baby and her mother during routine check up with the pediatrician. Doctor Candy Azueta counsels the family on Care for child Development (CCD), a program implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From infrastructure to people, To support families, investment is needed, not only in infrastructure, but also in working conditions that protect against discrimination and dismissal for maternity reasons, promotion of breastfeeding with reduced working hours, breastfeeding breaks and lactation rooms., The family receives counseling from Dr. Marlene Estigarribia on Care for child Development (CCD), a programme implemented by UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean. From stress reduction in caregivers to improved family wellbeing, Family-oriented policies, in addition to reducing stress from living conditions and work environments that affect parenting, can also foster more productive businesses, happier families, and healthier children., Why is investing in family-oriented policies good for everyone?, UN0503541 They are good for children in early childhood, because: They are one of the most effective ways to improve people's skills and, ultimately, productivity. While all parents want to do the best for their children, many have no choice but to work all day. This means being away from home, spending a lot of time commuting, and not having time…, Learn about our resources
08 October 2022

Care for child development

What is care for child development?, Scientific research has shown that when a parent or caregiver establishes eye contact with his or her baby, communicates, plays and interacts affectionately, a unique bond is created that favors the integral development of that child, and will have lifelong benefits. This base is fundamental for the baby to feel safe and accompanied to explore the…, Experiences of how the CCD approach works in existing services in countries throughout the region, The professionals –in medicine, psychology, early intervention, education and protection, among other disciplines–  who have been trained at CCD incorporate a series of recommendations into their work, based on the best available evidence on child development. In this way, they accompany families in forging a strong bond between young children and…, What do we do?, To implement Child Development Care in Latin American and Caribbean countries, we provided assistance in: The presentation and first national training on the CCD approach and on the CCD Package of materials. The creation of training processes for trainers in each sector. The incorporation of the approach in services for populations in vulnerable…, What is the impact of Care for Child Development in Latin America and the Caribbean?, Below, you will find five videos explaining different aspects of implementing Care for Child Development (CCD) in the region and an additional video that brings together the content of the previous videos. This resource aims to support the dissemination and understanding of CCD through videos where UNICEF colleagues  tell us what it is about, how…, Learn about our resources
16 June 2022

Jamaica pilot experience

Sign language, voice-overs, music and interactive activities are the features that will be available in the digital versions of the Accessible Digital Textbooks (ADT) of Jamaica, thanks to the project that we have been promoting since 2021. As UNICEF, we work alongside the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Jamaica Library Service,…, ADT will allow students with diverse abilities to interact and learn equally. These books fit their different learning styles!, The goal that guides our efforts is that between 2021-2023, Jamaica will have adapted a core set of 12 picture books that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information uses in grades 1º, 2º and 3º of primary education. These books are part of the national curriculum and aim to be accessible for every child and adolescent by ensuring narration,…, “We want educational materials to be equally available to all students and the Universal Design for Learning approach allows us to think critically about ways to creatively engage children with and without disabilities.”,    , “Universal design principles allow us to really make the material come alive for all students so that they can relate more with what they are learning.”, Rebecca Tortello, UNICEF Education Specialist A girl smiles, pencil in hand, in a classroom at Drew Avenue Primary School in Kingston, the capital. UNICEF provides the school with textbooks and other supplies. UNICEF/UNI42231/Noorani Here are the plans for the pilot in Jamaica: Pilot 2021 2022 2023 Results 6 ADTs for grades 1, 2 and 3 6 ADTs for…, Jamaica is the first English speaking country in the region to begin incorporating universal design into its publishing ecosystem but based on the excitement of the experience so far, it certainly will not be the last!, Workshop participant Sesión participativa de trabajo para el proyecto de libros de texto digitales en Jamaica UNICEF As UNICEF, we have a long working history with Jamaica seeking to expand access for ALL Jamaican students to quality education and active citizenship. This has motivated us to: Complete the revision of the national special education…, Watch this mini parenting masterclass on caring for children with disabilities, Besides ADT project, we have worked with Special Olympics Jamaica to increase its volunteer network, extend its healthy athlete screenings, and train coaches in safeguarding through sports methodology. We have also placed specific emphasis on the national early screening, identification and referral pathway that begins with the UNICEF-funded…