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Investing in Young Children

An Early Childhood Development Guide for Policy dialogue and Project Preparation. A publication by the World Bank. The World Bank created this Early Child Development (ECD) Guide in response to a growing demand from Task Team Leaders (TTLs) for advice and support to facilitate the policy dialogue on the topic of ECD and to help policy makers make and implement relevant choices on how to best invest in ECD in the context of their country’s economy and national priorities. This Guide fills a gap in the literature by (i) distilling existing information in a user-friendly format, (ii) providing practical information on topics that have recently become particularly relevant in ECD (e.g., measuring child development outcomes through the identification and adaptation of relevant instruments, conditional cash transfers for families with young children, etc.), and (iii) assessing the quality of the latest evidence on each topic and identifying the knowledge gaps/remaining questions for which additional experimentation and evaluation are required. 


The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development 
This is a diverse consortium of agencies, donors, NGOs and foundations that links with regional-based Early Childhood Care and Development networks comprising individuals and organisations involved in programming, research, policy-advocacy, monitoring and evaluation for young children (0-8) at risk in the Majority World. Of special interest are: 

Bernard van Leer Foundation 
Aims to enhance opportunities for children 0-7 years, growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage, with the objective of developing their potential to the greatest extent possible. Of special interest are: 

  • Publications - Early childhood Matters, Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflections series, annual reports and booklets

The World Bank Early Child Development page 
This site is a knowledge source designed to assist policy makers, programme managers, and practitioners in their efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children.

UNICEF Early Childhood page 
Provides Early childhood related publications, resources and information about UNICEF projects.

Academy for Educational Development - Center for Early Care and Education 
AED's Center for Early Care and Education strives to enhance the lives of all under represented, at-risk children and families through research, technical assistance support, knowledge and provision of innovative strategies within early childhood programs throughout the United States. We are committed to supporting special populations within Head Start and the larger child care community in their continual process to improve services to low-income children and families. We strive to help all children enter school ready to learn.

Violence Against Children - East Asia and the Pacific
UNESCO Bangkok is part of the steering group for this coalition of seven regional agencies working to raise awareness of the issues and explore solutions on violence against children. As part of this, a series of monthly newsletters will examine a key issue of the UN violence study (global report to be published in October), providing background, highlighting progress, sharing key facts, figures and resources, as well as introducing agencies, activists and children in the region who are leading the push to end the violence.