Early Moments Matter for Every Child

What’s the most important thing children have? It’s their brains.

Students attend pre-primary school in a para center in Rangamati.


This report presents data and outlines best practices and policies that can put governments on the path to providing every child with the best start in life. It outlines the neuroscience of early childhood development (ECD), including the importance of nutrition, protection and stimulation in the early years. And it makes the case for scaling up investment, evaluation and monitoring in ECD programmes. The report concludes with a six-point call to action for governments and their partners to help maximize the potential of the children who will build the future – by making the most of the unparalleled opportunities offered by the early moments in life.

Please contact: pubdoc@unicef.org

Cover page of Early moments matter report.
Publication date
English, French, Spanish