Early child development

The first 1,000 days have a significant effect on a child’s future.
We have one chance to get it right.

For every child, early moments matter

In the first years of life, neurons in our brain form new connections at the astounding rate of 700–1,000 per second – a pace never repeated again.

These connections are the building blocks of a child’s future. But if a child is poorly nourished and nurtured, if she isn’t stimulated properly and protected from violence, then her development is seriously affected, sometimes irreversibly.

A child whose brain does not develop properly may not learn as well or earn as much. Not developing to her full potential hurts both her and society.

The first 1,000 days have a significant effect on a child’s future. We have one chance to get it right. 

The Cost of Inaction

1. ABOUT 250 MILLION CHILDREN UNDER 5 ARE AT RISK OF NOT FULFILLING THEIR DEVELOPMENTAL POTENTIAL

2. A POOR START IN LIFE CAN TRANSLATE TO 25% LESS POTENTIAL INCOME AS AN ADULT

3. COUNTRIES COULD LOSE UP TO TWICE WHAT THEY NOW INVEST IN HEALTH OR EDUCATION

Source: The Lancet’s Early Childhood Development Series

The Beginning of Life

How do we give babies the best start in life? 

The groundbreaking feature documentary The Beginning of Life shows us how important a child’s earliest years are and how all of us – mothers, fathers and caregivers – can create the best possible environment for our children. 

The 90-minute movie depicts how social environments are as important as genetics in influencing children’s development.

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Ready for a quiz?

It’s time to check your knowledge about early childhood development! Take the quiz and test your knowledge.

Look attentively through the www.unicef.by/ecd web page and you will find all right answers.

The first 10 people who correctly answer to all the questions will receive a very nice gift from UNICEF!

Give right responses to all questions and win the prize!

Contacts

Natallia Aleksandrovich

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Officer