May 20, 2021

Child Care Services and Women’s Work

Re-organising and investing in public child care services that meet the needs of children and their caregivers is an ambitious undertaking amidst a global economic recession. The vast body of evidence from the early childhood development field on the life-long benefits of quality child care services for 0-3-year-olds is compelling. This webinar was intended as a space for various actors to discuss common approaches for more public investment in quality child care services.



April 21, 2021

Care for Child Development (CCD) Implementation in East Africa: Experiences from Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia

This webinar provided a unique opportunity to engage with and understand the Care for Child Development (CCD) implementation experiences of government, development partners, civil society, frontline health workers, and parents in East and Southern Africa. The webinar looks at what has worked; what has been adapted; what we have learnt; and what this means for parents and children.



April 13, 2021

Nurturing Care during COVID-19: Lessons Learned in Seven Countries

The webinar discussed the implementation experiences and emerging lessons of COVID-19 response strategies of seven programs that prioritize nurturing care and early childhood development in their work. Findings of this work are drawn from a recent qualitative Case Study report, carried out by FHI 360 with support from the LEGO Foundation and in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).



March 18, 2021

Results-based Budgeting for Early Childhood Development: The Case of Peru (Spanish-Language)

Effective early childhood development policies require coordinated actions across sectors and the alignment of public resources with strategic priorities and programs. This Spanish-language webinar considered the recent experience of Peru in developing and implementing an innovative government-wide results-based budget for early childhood development.



March 9, 2021

ECE Accelerator Toolkit Introduction

The ECE Accelerator Toolkit aims to support and strengthen country capacity to better analyze, plan and implement quality ECE programs at scale. This webinar built on the “Smart Scaling of Pre-primary Education: Launching the Global ECE Accelerator Toolkit” event (Feb. 16. 2021) and is the first of a series of webinars to delve deeper into the toolkit.



New Virtual Course:


Are you a policymaker or decisionmaker in your community or country? Does your work in health and nutrition, education, child protection, agriculture and food security, WASH, emergency preparedness, or some other field have connections to early childhood development? Chances are that your work does relate to the critical period of child development from conception to age eight years.

This workshop draws upon content from the Nurturing Care Framework, the Science of Early Child Development and the Beginning of Life film, to walk participants through why investing in early childhood is so important, including scientific and economic evidence. This multi-media workshop includes four modules of videos, followed by the opportunity to join a live webinar or in-person workshop to support action planning in your context. The video portion of the workshop is approximately 1.5 hours of learning, including the activities in the Reflection Journal.

The virtual course is FREE to all. You simply sign up and then can enroll in this course or any others on the Aga Khan Foundation’s Learning Hub.



Feb. 16, 2021

Small Scaling of Pre-Primary Education: Launching the Global ECE Accelerator Toolkit





Dec. 16, 2020

Technical Session —  Advancing the Early Childhood Agenda: Inclusive Innovative Dialogue towards a Global Partnership Strategy

HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands proposed that UNESCO convene an innovative dialogue to reflect on common actions, reinforce collaboration, and work together on a Global Partnership Strategy (GPS) for Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE). As part 1 of the Innovative Dialogues, this Technical Session aimed to provide a platform for experts to discuss key issues, challenges and actions for ECCE and build a consensus regarding the annotated outline of the ECCE/GPS and its key components.



Jan. 28, 2021

High-Level Session — Advancing the Early Childhood Agenda: Inclusive Innovative Dialogue towards a Global Partnership Strategy

Part 2 in the Innovative Dialogue series, this High-Level Session aimed to discuss and endorse the overall directions of the Global Partnership Strategy (GPS), and provide concrete recommendations for the operationalization of the GPS, including initiatives and flagship programmes for its implementation. The high-level session provided the platform for national policy and law makers and heads of international agencies to interact in an open dialogue on GPS strategic priorities for ECCE.



Dec. 10, 2020

Harnessing Global Data for Young Children

The Harnessing Global Data for Young Children Project brought together researchers, policymakers and implementers to leverage the power of global data to advance young children's learning and development. The Project, which is led by the Universities of Oxford and the Witwatersrand, launched its first public webinar, which was hosted by ECDAN.


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Dec. 09, 2020

Nurturing Care For Children With Developmental Delays And Disabilities

This global webinar which was co-organized by the Aga Khan Foundation, ECDAN, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF delved into the challenges, emerging research from Kenya, and practical country examples from Mozambique, Tajikistan and Peru. The webinar highlighted how children with developmental delays and disabilities can have the best chance to not only survive, but also thrive.



Nov. 19, 2020

Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years

This online launch of the report “Leave no Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years” — on the state of early childhood development (ECD) in sub-Saharan Africa and the funding performance of selected donors — featured leaders in the development field shared the main findings and recommendations of the report, and also discussed how we all can contribute to fully inclusive, high-quality and equitable ECD systems.



Aug.13, 2020

Private Sector Investment in Early Childhood Development in Latin America

This Spanish-language webinar was co-organized by ECDAN, the Inter-American Dialogue, UNICEF LAC, the Open Society Foundation and United Way. The webinar discussed the experiences of actors from the private sector in generating opportunities to invest in the development of children in Latin America, and the role that public-private partnerships can play in early education.



July 7, 2020

COVID-19 – Ensuring Safe Breastfeeding and Newborn Care: Lessons from Countries

The webinar was co-hosted by the Nurturing Care Coordinating Group: UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). The webinar included speakers from the World Health Organization, Alive & Thrive, Brazilian Parents of Preemies' Association, Quang Ninh Hospital – Vietnam, and the Fundación Canguro de Colombia (Kangaroo Foundation, Colombia).



June 30, 2020

COVID-19 & Parent and Caregiver Support in Emergencies

This webinar, which was co-organized by the Aga Khan Foundation, ECDAN and UNICEF, highlighted how two models for supporting parents and caregivers so they can help their young children survive and thrive: (1) Care for Child Development, and (2) REACH UP and Learn have been adapted and implemented in various humanitarian contexts that are also experiencing COVID-19 around the world by looking at three country examples.



June 18, 2020

Early Childhood Service Packages in Latin America (Spanish-language)

This Spanish-language webinar co-organized and co-hosted by ECDAN, the Inter-American Dialogue, and UNICEF, featured as panelists: the Minister of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru, Ariela Luna; the Executive Secretary of the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Girls, Boys and Adolescents in Mexico, Ricardo Bucio; the Deputy Director of Plan Quisqueya Empieza Contigo (QEC) of the General Directorate of Special Programs of the Presidency in the Dominican Republic, Larissa Pumarol and the Director of the Department of Economics at the University of Buenos Aires, Javier Curcio. The webinar looked at the progress made by a group of countries in the region toward defining common service packages and developing budgeting and monitoring mechanisms to properly implement them, after which the panelists presented the status of the implementation of these services in the context of COVID-19, in terms of alternatives to the methods of care and prioritization of interventions given the mobility restrictions.



June 11, 2020

COVID-19 Responding to the Crisis of Care and Learning: Lessons from Humanitarian Contexts

The Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE), the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) and the Moving Minds Alliance (MMA) jointly hosted a webinar focused on Early Childhood Development in Humanitarian Settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. For young children and families living in humanitarian settings, the COVID-19 pandemic represents a new crisis layered onto existing crises, compounding and exacerbating threats to healthy development in some of the world’s most challenging settings.



April 29, 2020

La primera infancia y el COVID-19 - Respuestas a la emergencia

Early Childhood and COVID-19: Responses to the Emergency in Latin America (Spanish-language)

ECDAN along with the Inter-American Dialogue’s Education Program and UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean convened a Spanish-Language webinar to reflect on how the COVID-19 emergency has affected early childhood in Latin America and what responses governments are preparing to address the changing situation and ensure that ECD goals continue to receive the necessary attention. The webinar explored the experiences of three Latin American countries: Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.



April 8, 2020

COVID-19 & Child Protection

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (EVAC) and the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) partnered to present a webinar focused on key issues on Child Protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar provided an overview of the issue of Child Protection, with lessons learned from past emergency contexts, current data on the prevalence of violence against children, presentation of guides and strategies to promote the protection of children and country presentations on strategies being currently implemented.



March 26, 2020


Children and families around the world are experiencing unprecedented disruption to their lives. The ECD Action Network (ECDAN) is working with partners and regional networks to collect and disseminate global COVID-19 related ECD resources, organize webinars, and coordinate the global ECD community’s responses to the COVID-19 emergency. The first webinar in these series brought together key global agencies including WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Lego Foundation and ARNEC



March 11, 2020

WHO Guideline on Improving Early Childhood Development

Dr. Nigel Rollins (WHO), Dr. Linda Richter (University of the Witwatersrand), Dr. Dua Tarun (WHO), and Dr. Bernadette Daelmans (WHO) introduced and discussed the relevance of the recommendations for national policy making, and engage in dialogue on how to facilitate the dissemination and uptake of the guideline in countries. The new WHO Guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on improving early childhood development through interventions that support responsive caregiving and early learning.



Feb. 26, 2020

Monitoring Country Progress: Introducing the Countdown Profiles for ECD

Dr. Bernadette Daelmans (WHO) and Dr. Linda Richter (University of the Witwatersrand) presented the first webinar (in a series of three) introducing the Countdown 2030 Country Profiles for Early Childhood Development. The webinar, which aired on Feb. 26, 2020, provided an overview of the Countdown 2030 Country Profiles and how they are linked with the Nurturing Care Framework. Three hundred and thirty six people registered for Webinar Wednesday to learn more about this multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration that aims to contribute innovative measurement research and insightful analyses.



Mar 20, 2019

ECD Outcomes-Based Financing

In this webinar, Dr. Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones from the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will discuss their research on social and development impact bonds (SIBs and DIBs) for ECD.

This innovative financing tool, now being implemented in 136 initiatives across 28 countries, and could bring needed focus on quality and outcome achievement for young children globally.

The presenters will provide an impact bonds 101, a global landscape analysis with a focus on impact bonds for ECD, and discuss the potential and limitations of the tool for ECD.


March 8, 2019


The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program, in collaboration with USAID, is in the process of reviewing the Model Questionnaires and optional modules used for The Program's flagship Demographic and Health Surveys. The objective of this review is to revise these tools under the DHS-8 contract to better meet current and emerging data needs.

They are seeking input on all of the DHS Model Questionnaires, optional special topic questionnaire modules, and biomarkers that are currently in use by The DHS Program. The last comprehensive review and revision of these tools took place in 2014.

To this end, ECDAN is inviting all members of the ECD community to participate in providing feedback on the optional Early Childhood Development module by joining a webinar on Friday, March 8th, at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Panelists from key UN agencies & technical initiatives will present their recommendations, which will be followed by a discussion with panelists and webinar attendees. We hope to arrive at a joint consensus by the end of the webinar, so that we may jointly submit recommendations on behalf of the ECD network.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Costing Early Childhood Development Programs

The webinar on February 6th focused on the challenges of generating consistent and accurate cost data on early childhood development interventions, identifying key components necessary in a costing model and sharing learning from Bangladesh, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, and Mozambique. It featured  Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones, co-authors of the article recently published in the ANYAS Special Issue Implementation Research and Practice for Early Childhood Development.

Presenters: Dr. Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones, Brookings Institution


December 5, 2018

Programmes in Conflict Settings

This webinar, featuring Katie Maeve Murphy, Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Alice J. Wuermli, co-authors of the article recently published in the ANYAS Special Issue, focused on the challenges, opportunities and realities of providing early learning opportunities for young children living in conditions of war, disaster, and displacement. Research finds these children are at high risk for developmental difficulties that can follow them throughout their lives; yet implementation of ECD programming in humanitarian settings remains sparse.

Presenters: Katie Maeve Murphy, IRC; Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Alice J. Wuermli, NYU; Moderator: Nada Elattar, UNICEF


October 3, 2018

Implementation Issues and Continuous Improvement within Preschool Settings

This webinar, moderated by Aisha Yousafzai, featured NIEER Co-Director for Research Milagros Nores, Ph.D., an editor for the ANYAS Special Issue, and Nirmala Rao, Ph.D.,  a University of Hong Kong professor of early childhood development and education.

Presenters: Milagros Nores Ph.D. and Nirmala Rao, Ph.D; Moderator: Aisha Yousafzai Ph.D.


August 1, 2018

Why does implementation evidence matter for ECD?

The opening webinar in a year-long series features Special Issue editors Aisha Yousafzai Harvard University; Frances E. Aboud of McGill University; and Pia R. Britto of UNICEF, exploring the central role implementation research plays in understanding context, assessing performance, improving quality, facilitating systems’ strengthening, and informing large-scale use and sustainability of early learning interventions. Elizabeth Lule of the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN) will introduce and moderate this conversation.


4 April 2018

Nurturing Care Framework

An interactive webinar with Dr. Pia Britto, Dr. Bernadette Daelmans, Dr. Linda Richter, & Dr. Mark Tomlinson. We'll discuss the design of the Nurturing Care Framework and dive deeper into the role of the health sector, while answering some of your most pressing questions.




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