About the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative focuses on the country system and policy level to support and empower those who work with families and children under age 8 (e.g. home visitors, preschool staff, community health workers), as well as those who supervise and mentor practitioners (e.g. supervisors, mentors and coaches, trainers). This initiative takes a holistic, multi-sectoral approach to bridge gaps in policy and practice and promote high quality, equitable services. This initiative is co-hosted by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Results for Development (R4D) Read more


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Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): A Resource Pack

This resource pack, published jointly by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood, includes case studies from nine countries.

The initiative focused on innovative pedagogies with the aim to improve early childhood care and education (ECCE) provision in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a wealth of knowledge and inspiration from China, India, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Thailand.

The report indicates that there is a wide range of priorities in ECCE across countries. While many ECCE programs are established from the existing evidence base, they do not necessarily reflect local needs, priorities or agendas. The conceptualization of “quality” generally takes place in situations where ECE is considered mainly as preparation for school, services are carried out by private providers and the services are separated from the community. 

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Strengthening the inter-sectoral work for early intervention – news from Ukraine

SOFT Tulip is a small organization with a huge network which includes seven major service providers and 25,000 people. They’ve provided training services in Moldova, Serbia, Hungary and, most recently, have big news from Ukraine. SOFT Tulip, UNICEF, the National Assembly of People with Disabilities of Ukraine, Early Intervention Institute of Kharkiv, All Ukrainian Foundation for Children’s’ Rights and Eurlyaid, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ukrainian Ministers of health, social policy and education & science.