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How does the Life Cycle Approach for Early Childhood Development look like?

A new tool for advocacy and improvement of sectors synergies in WCARO

The latest research on neuroscience and child development converge on the fact that quality of interactions between children and their environment are not only crucial for cognitive, physical and social-emotional development but are also the entry door for the development of a strong human capital for any country.

UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) recently launched a package of 24 ECD country profiles that highlight critical factors and related indicators affecting young children’s survival and development in integrated domains such as nutrition and stimulation; the quality of the family and home environment and school readiness.

The Package also contains a regional institutional mapping that aims at identifying which ministries are officially in charge of ECD in each of the 24 countries. Usually the responsibility of ECD is shared between ministries (social affairs, family, and education) and promoting synergies between sectors for holistic programme development remains a priority. More advocacy and consequently planning are needed to integrate child development through situation analysis and national sector plans for quality service delivery for young children and their families. WCARO is available to support country offices and partners in using the country profiles for programme development, identification of key synergies and entry doors to enhance ECD programming in the region. 

Download the documents by country and the instructions on How to use the EDC packages:



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