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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Supporting the early childhood workforce at scale: The Cuna Más home visiting program in Peru

3 July 2017

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI), hosted by International Step by Step Association and Results for Development, is a global effort to support practitioners. Under ECWI, a series of country studies will examine ways to strengthen and scale up a quality workforce. The first of these studies focuses on Cuna Más, a large-scale ECD program in Peru that operates a home visiting service in rural areas. Cuna Más operates at central, regional, and local levels and builds the capacity of its workforce through induction and training and technical assistance.

As one of few home visiting programs operating – and having been evaluated – at scale in low- and middle-income countries, Cuna Más holds valuable workforce lessons that may resonate more broadly with ECD programs and policymakers seeking to reach young children and families around the world:

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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.