Children’s brains are developing rapidly at a very young age and if they are in a positive and stimulating environment during this sensitive time, their ability to succeed and achieve later in life increases significantly. Early Childhood Development is one of the most impactful ways to give children the best start in life. However, many children still don’t receive this support in their early years.
In Phase 1 of the Global Program with UNICEF (2014-2017), we reached over 100,000 children in poor communities with Early Childhood Development programs, and influenced governments to place Early Childhood Development on their national agendas. The second phase aimed to improve the lives of young children, their families and communities, reaching an additional 188,000. UNICEF worked holistically with parents, caregivers, teachers, governments, politicians and influencers to increase awareness and enable change to happen. A tool was also be developed, to measure the wider impact Early Childhood Development services has on conflict and post-conflict societies.