Weaving a Colorful Cloth: Centering Education on Humans’ Emergent Developmental Potentials

We integrate work from human development, psychology, education, and neuroscience to argue for five interrelated developmental principles that together provide the conceptual basis for a fundamental shift in thinking in education about the nature of learning, and hence the work […]
April 27, 2024

Global Leaders Call for Increased Investment for Early Childhood Education

Keynote speaker Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Education and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of ECDAN.  UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell speaking at the event. April 18, 2024 – Global leaders […]
April 18, 2024

Seeds Planted, Flowers Blooming: The Growing Movement on Behalf of Young Children and Families—A book review and commentary by Joan Lombardi, Ph.D.

Occasionally, a book or report comes out that signals a change, a step forward in a field or in a movement. Dr.  Patrick Makokoro’s new book, “Letting a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Early Childhood Development Networks in Africa”, marks the growing […]
April 8, 2024

ECDAN Launches New Strategy at Eastern Africa Regional Early Childhood Conference

More than 150 individuals from ECDAN's partner organizations participated a event to launch its 2024-2028 strategy that took place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 13.
March 25, 2024

Home-Based Childcare Providers Play Key Role in Gender Equality Quest

This op-ed calls upon the public and policymakers see childcare is a public good or human right with corresponding obligations on the government as a duty bearer.
March 9, 2024

ECDAN Launches its 2024-2028 Strategy

ECDAN's Executive Leadership Council approved its new five-year strategy in January 2024. The strategy is now available to guide ECDAN partners in driving collective action to advance outcomes for young children and their caregivers.
March 5, 2024

Exploring Diverse Parenting Practices: Q and A with the Fairstart Foundation

This blog describes Fairstart Foundation’s model of training parents and caregivers in a diverse range of languages on how to offer nurturing care to children, in honor of International Mother Language Day.
February 21, 2024

ECDAN Newsletter, January 2024

ECDAN sent out its quarterly newsletter with news highlights, resources, upcoming events, and more.
February 1, 2024

A 2024 New Year Message from Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of ECDAN

Dear ECDAN Partners, Happy New Year! I hope you are having a great start to 2024.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and commitment to young children and their families and to […]
January 30, 2024

The Power of Play: How Parents and Caregivers Can Foster Holistic Learning

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela January 24, 2024 – The International Day of Education is an annual event celebrated on January 24 that recognizes that education is a human right, […]
January 24, 2024

Joint Pledge Urges Global Leaders to Prioritize Needs for Refugee Parents, Caregivers, and Children

GISP and Alliance have written a joint pledge for supporting parents and caregivers in refugee and displacement settings. They will present the pledge during the Global Refugee Forum 2023.
December 19, 2023

COP28 Statement from ECDAN Executive Director

Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Action Network, released the following statement in response to the concluding global stocktake at the end of COP28.
December 14, 2023

Special Olympics Brings Children with Disabilities to the Forefront

On 3 December each year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated. This year, David S. Evangelista, President and Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia and Senior Advisor, International Development, Special Olympics, Inc., talked to ECDAN about the importance of early interventions for children with disabilities.
December 3, 2023

Time to put Africa's Youngest Children in Climate Change Consideration

CGTN news outlet published an op-ed co-authored by Lynette Okengo, Executive Director of the Africa Early Childhood Network and Elizabeth Lule, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Action Network. The article calls for concerted efforts to prioritize early childhood development in regional and national plans to address the underlying causes of climate change and environmental degradation.
December 2, 2023

Media Advisory: Building the Foundations of Climate Action by Investing in Children

As global leaders gather at the 28th session of the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, ECD organizations will host a series of side events to put young children at the forefront of climate-impact discussions, actions, and financing. One such event is Growing Green Champions: Building the Foundations of Climate Action by Investing in Children, hosted by ECDAN, UNICEF, and Dubai Cares at RewirEd Summit on December 8, 2023 at the Connect Conference Centre in the Green Zone at Expo City Dubai.
December 1, 2023

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