Promoting Early Childhood Development
Summary: PATH seek to promote and scale up Early Childhood Development through an integrated program, ingrained in the health sector which includes child protection, health, nutrition, stimulation and learning through play. --- Promoting and scaling up early child development (ECD) through the health system is a PATH initiative that encompasses and links three major projects: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - funded Integrating Early Childhood Development (I-ECD, 2012-14), Scaling Up Early Childhood Development (S-ECD, 2014-17) projects, and the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities - funded Window of Opportunity (WinOp, 2012-16) project. PATH's approach to ECD focuses on the integration of age-appropriate care and stimulation messages,...
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Description of Scale and Reach
PATH's integrated ECD work was launched in 2012 and was designed on the basis of in-country situational analyses of the current status of ECD service delivery and caregiver knowledge, attitudes, and practices. The first phase of ECD implementation involved integration of ECD into services delivered by both governmental and nongovernmental (e.g., CBO) institutions. The first phase targeted children 0-5 years and their caregivers. Results from the initial phase of implementation revealed a high degree of acceptability among key service providers, implementers, and beneficiaries, as well as feasibility of integrating ECD into existing services (primarily in the health system). PATH's current phase of integrated ECD work is ongoing and features a more streamlined model of ECD integration using touch-points within government health service delivery. PATH has also focused on children 0-3 years and their caregivers, given the lack of programs targeting children in this age-group and the high returns on investment associated with working with the youngest children. Since children 0-3 years are typically reached by the health system, PATH is not working with pre-primary educational institutions in the current phase.
Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa