Results - Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development
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Good Health + Adequate Nutrition
UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Health, is working to advance the capacities of paediatric and community nursing services, as well as developmental counselling units to support parents in stimulating optimal child development.
UNICEF is working to improve the quality of maternity and neonatal services so that they support modern concepts of care – by promoting mother- and baby-friendly principles, supporting breastfeeding, and by promoting family-centred and developmental care that provides an optimal environment and stimulation for young children.
UNICEF is advocating for strong evidence-based policies and practices in feeding infants and young children. These include reaching the required level of immunization coverage, maternal nutrition, early and exclusive breastfeeding, early and preschool nutrition, as well as improvement in the nutritional status of the most vulnerable children in Montenegro – those from Roma settlements.
UNICEF is supporting and initiating the development of inclusive education policies and programmes aimed at ensuring that every child has access to quality inclusive education.
Keeping Families Together
In keeping with the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, family and parenting support is increasingly recognized as an important part of the national social policies and social investment packages aimed at reducing poverty, decreasing inequality, and promoting parental and child wellbeing. Over the past 20 years different models of family-related services have evolved in different parts of the world. The benefits of the different types of approaches, for both parents and children, have been documented through research, along with the analysis of social and economic/budgetary policies on the financing of family-support programmes (UNICEF Innocenti, 2015).
Approaches that support parents and caregivers can vary according to the type of violence being addressed, the age of the child, or the way the policies and programmes are delivered. Evidence supports a number of different delivery modalities as being effective, including home visits, group-based training, and support in community settings, and parenting as a component of comprehensive interventions (WHO, 2016, INSPIRE).
Early childhood education and care
UNICEF is supporting the comprehensive reform of the preschool education system to expand coverage and improve its inclusiveness and quality, by developing policies and programmatic interventions aimed at enabling access to quality early education and care for children affected by poverty, adversity and exclusion.