Supporting ECD through health systems is consistent with the broad World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health as a state of well-being. In the ECA region, primary health care services are almost universal with frequent encounters with families and children in their first years.
The main challenge is how to integrate support for holistic child development into provision of routine and regular health care services. Health care systems can do a lot to support caregivers through family centered services to strengthen family resources and skills to provide nurturing care to young children.
Facility-centred health care services in the ECA region provide unique opportunities for introducing ECD-related contView
Home visiting during pregnancy and early childhood is a frequently used health promotion strategy for improving parenView
Developmental monitoring is to observe how a child grows and develops over time and whether the child meets the typicView
UNICEF ECARO, WHO Regional Office for Europe and International Step by Step Association lead this initiative with the support of a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) composed of international and regional experts, representatives of the main users of the platform, and target audience to help inform the initiative.