The development of this resource pack, ‘Noteworthy ECD Parenting Programmes in support of Young Children’s Holistic Development and Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region’ was an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) as part of its Documentation of Noteworthy ECD Practices in the region.
The documentation is a collaboration between the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) and the implementing agencies of the three programs documented in this resource pack: Save the Children – Philippines, OneSky for all Children; Seto Gurans and UNICEF Nepal. This initiative was supported by Bernard van Leer Foundation, the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA), the UNICEF-East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF). The initiative aims to contribute to improving the quality of ECD programmes, especially raising caregiver capacity to mitigate vulnerabilities and risks children are exposed to.
The documentation exercise builds on previous initiatives responding to the increasing rise in displacement, instability, violence, and conflicts that adversely affect young children and their families. Community-based parenting programmes is of importance here, not only to cushion against adversities children are being exposed to, but also to define entry points for building more cohesive, conflict and violence-free communities and societies for all.