ACWF & UNICEF Deepen Cooperation, Promote Early Childhood Development

ByYe Shan July 29, 2020
Wu Haiying, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation, heads a delegation to the 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development during December 3-7, 2019. [For Women of China]

 

Children represent the hope and future of human beings. China has always given priority to children's undertakings and implemented a child-priority development strategy. The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) started to cooperate with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in implementing the Community-based Early Childhood Development Family Support Program in 2013. One hundred and seventy ECD centers have been established in 146 communities in the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou and in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The ECD program focuses on providing children with love, care and elementary education in early childhood, and providing parental education to children's caregivers. It advances comprehensive services in communities aiming at children aged 3 and below that integrates maternal and child health and children's welfare services. It also provides evidence for governments in drafting relevant policies.

To further enhance international cooperation on early childhood development and to share good practices, Wu Haiying, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, headed a delegation to the 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development during December 3-7, 2019. Wu outlined achievements made in Chinese children's development, especially China's new polices and measures on developing care services for children aged 3 and below. Wu noted, "Children's development forms a key basis for achieving equitable development. It is also a key to reducing inter-generation poverty and to realizing the 2020 Sustainable Development Agenda. Asia-Pacific countries have made great efforts and accumulated rich experience. We wish to learn from each other and continue to share our ideas and good practices. Let's join hands and work together to create a better future for every child."

Wu Haiying, Vice-President and Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation, heads a delegation to the 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development during December 3-7, 2019. [For Women of China]

 

To make a proactive response to the impact caused by the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to promote family education for physical and mental health of children in this special period, an online social psychology support service entitled "Good morning, Babies!" was launched in March this year. The service was delivered by China National Children's Center and China National Society of Early Childhood Education, with the support of ACWF and UNICEF. More than 40 information packages of parent-child interactive activities were posted online for children aged 3 and below and 3-6 respectively, including 111 video/audio clips for 0-3-year old, 156 video/audio clips for those aged 3-6. Eight online courses for parents were also made accessible. The online service was welcomed by parents, kindergarten teachers and early education workers from across China, and in particular, from Hubei Province. The information packages were viewed over 13 million times during the first eight weeks after being posted. The Community-based Early Childhood Development Family Support Program has been playing a positive role in exploring multi-sectoral cooperation and community-based family support service for the promotion of scientific parenting knowledge and skills to parents of young children.

A poster of the online social psychology support service entitled "Good morning, Babies!" [For Women of China]

 

(Women of China)

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