Early childhood development (ECD) refers to the mental and physical development of a child from prenatal to 8 years of age. Nurturing care ECD is a multisectoral approach that ensures health, nutrition, safety, responsive care-giving and early learning. ECD services will be dependent on the contextual needs and age of the child. Examples of services: health interventions during pregnancy, parent-child home visitation, preschool programs, interventions that increase father involvement, etc.
The ‘Ecology of Peace’ is a conceptual framework that provides a model for exploring the multiple relationships between early childhood development and peace building. Both of these constructs are complex and expressed at several interrelated levels: individual, family and community.
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