UNICEF believes every child has the right to the best start to life and reach their full potential. In Viet Nam, the government is striving to realize child rights as committed in international conventions and the Sustainable Development Goals, so all children have the right to learn, fully develop, be listened to and actively participate in decision-making relevant to their lives.
With the first 1,000 days in a child’s life critical to their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, Viet Nam recognized the need for a more holistic childcare strategy with focused care in the early years of children's lives.
Traditionally, services in key sectors essential to children’s early growth and well-being – health, education and child protection – have been delivered by different actors and led to gaps in supporting the cognitive and emotional development of girls and boys in Viet Nam.
This need for families to access multiple services for their children in a cohesive way has become a national priority for Viet Nam, with investments in young children now accepted as also vital investments in a country’s long-term prosperity.