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.

30 April 2017 Report
Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

Contributions of Early Childhood Development Services to Preventing Violent Conflict

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.

15 May 2015 Report United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Early Childhood Education and Peacebuilding in Western Uganda

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.

1 June 2019 Journal Article
Japanese Journal for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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

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.