ECD and Humanitarian Crisis resources (ECDAN) (English)

Various resources, guidance, articles and statistics addressing Early Childhood Development in times of crisis. The thematic page provides key information for those supporting children in humanitarian contextsor for those who want to.

Childcare and working families: new opportunity or missing link? An evidence brief

Childcare is a key pillar of the Family-Friendly Policies initiative, which advocates for government and business support to families in providing nurturing care for young children. This brief argues for greater investment in affordable and quality childcare, highlighting its potential to secure a ‘triple dividend’ of young children’s positive development, women’s empowerment and economic growth.

Family-friendly policies for workers in the informal economy

“Family-friendly policies” is a term used to communicate a specific package of evidence-based policies that support child development, poverty reduction, economic empowerment, gender equality, child protection and improvements in health and education outcomes. They do not only benefit children but every member of a family, in full recognition that every human is a rights-holder –underscoring the idea that children’s rights cannot be protected and extended if their caregivers are left behind.

Caring for the Caregiver

The carer is central to achieving nurturing care. Caring for the Caregiver (CFC) is a foundational training module that is designed to address caregiver needs, and to complement existing maternal and child health programmes including the UNICEF/WHO Care for Child Development (CCD) Package and the UNICEF Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Package.


Family-friendly policies that support lactation are critical to maternal health and well-being, infant health and development, and gender equity in the workplace. Maternity leave policies have a positive impact on breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration.