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.


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.

Universal parenting support to prevent abuse and neglect: A policy call for national governments

Parenting is a wide and multi-faceted policy issue upon which many aspects of the social, emotional and physical development of children are dependent. This note describes how a minimum package of well-evidenced parenting support can significantly prevent abuse and neglect of children. Furthermore, it recommends a universal approach or primary prevention through a basic package of interventions to every parent or caregiver.

Family-Friendly Policies: Redesigning the workplace of the future

For societies and economies to thrive, countries and businesses need to support workers as families and parents, through family-friendly policies, as they carry and raise children from pregnancy to school age. Family-friendly policies are defined as those policies that help to balance and benefit both work and family life that typically provide three types of essential resources needed by parents and caregivers of young children: time, resources and services.