Early Childhood Development

This list of resources on Early Childhood Development are part of the larger Learning for Peace project which produced dozens of briefs, reports, case studies, guides, and research products, and compiled many other relevant resources related to the link between education and peacebuilding.

Toxic stress and malnutrition in early childhood are directly linked with harmful psychological processes and interpersonal relations, and decreased economic productivity in adulthood. These effects exacerbate social and economic risks for society. Although the international community recognizes that social services can contribute to restoring peace and stability, there is currently limited understanding of how ECD services can support the prevention of violence and the promotion of peace.

Report

Contributions of Early Childhood Development Services to Preventing Violent Conflict

Published by
Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

The purpose of this brief is to: (1) demonstrate the societal risks that result when early childhood development (ECD) services are lacking and (2) show how ECD services contribute to sustaining peace through increasing social cohesion, equality and economic productivity.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Contributions of Early Childhood Development Programming to Sustainable Peace and Development

Published by
Education in Crisis & Conflict Network (ECCN)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

The purpose of this paper is to merge insights from both micro and macro-level perspectives to demonstrate how early childhood development (ECD) services can be leveraged to sustainable peace and development.

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Advocacy Statement

Early Childhood Development and Peacebuilding Brief

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This resource is part of a collection of resources compiled by UNICEF’s 2012-2016 Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), known as “Learning for Peace”, which was funded by the Government of the Netherlands.

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Report

Early Childhood Education and Peacebuilding in Western Uganda

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This case study seeks evidence on the ground for ECD and other developmental pathways— particularly those that lead through social structures and culture—to see what is being accomplished in terms of peacebuilding in the actual ‘here and now’ at community level.

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Video media

Learning for Peace, Côte d'Ivoire: Women's Group and ECD

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

In the wake of conflict and violence, women in Côte d'Ivoire set up an early childhood development (ECD) center that became a platform for social interaction, dialogue, learning, and community activities that promote understanding, skills building, and peace in the community.

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Journal Article

Pathways to Wellbeing and a More Peaceful and Sustainable World: The Transformative Power of Children and Families

Published by
Japanese Journal for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Evidence is emerging that family- and community-based ECD services are cost-effective and have the potential to contribute to social cohesion and peacebuilding in both the short and long term – from one generation to the next. Given this, we need to engage government officials and policy-makers around the globe, as partners to invest in ECD services, using a multi-sectorial approach.

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