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Children, Mothers and Families at the Centre


Because we believe children are the future, we believe mothers, fathers and caregivers should be supported in their roles of providing nurturing care for their children.

The CEPPs focus on a child’s “critical years” from conception to age 3-5. During this “window of opportunity” the brain develops faster than any other time in life. These critical years are the foundations that shape a child’s future physical and mental health, with life-long impact not only for themselves, but also for communities and societies.

CEPPs is a multi-partner Global Initiative created in 2016 by a working group of organisations involved in the field of maternal perinatal health and early childhood development.

The CEPPs are a set of 7 principles that provide a policy framework for a unified multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnership between government, private sector and civil society organizations – with the single aim of ensuring that every child grows in a safe and nurturing environment and develops to their full potential.

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – with a special focus on SDGs 3, 4 & 5 which aim to improve health, education and the condition of women and girls   our Initiative works bottom-up, city-by-city to accelerate the implementation of the UN Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy (2016-2030).

When attending sessions at the UN, CEPPs can provide the channel for professionals and organizations to speak with one voice and be heard by policy makers at the highest level.

The CEPPs Founding Partners 1001 Critical DaysAPPPAH, ISPPM, MMM

CEPPs is now a member of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. The PMNCH Secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization.

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Mothers, fathers, children are a key element for peace-building,  but also for the sustainable development of our society and our economy. They have the power to reduce disadvantage and violence and break the inter-generational effect within communities and society. Peace is more than the absence of conflict and moving from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive’ should be our aim.

It is for these reasons that we created our Global Initiative and The Mother & Child Manifesto that we invite you to share and support. Your expertise and experience can make a difference.

Contact us to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you.

Support the Mother and Child Manifesto – become a CEPPs Partner or Supporter.

Upcoming Events

  • CEPPs will be attending the ISSA Conference 2017 in Ghent, Belgium, in October. ISSA – International Step by Step Association – is an international learning community powered by the leadin

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  • Prof. Richard Tremblay receiving the Stockholm Prize in Criminology from Queen Silvia of Sweden CEPPS in Stockholm!  Valerie Unite, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CEPPs Global Initiative was inv

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The Mother & Child Manifesto

Supporting the CEPPs Manifesto will enable mothers and fathers to play a central role in creating future societies.

The evidence is now clear. Providing support and care for mothers and babies during early childhood is five times more effective than intervening later to solve problems in society…

The 7 CEP Principles

The CEPPs directly support UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4 & 5 to improve health, education and the condition of women and girls.

The CEPPs provide the framework for action, with a clear manifesto, a roadmap and toolkit for the progressive implementation…

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The CEPPs Toolkit

The CEPPs Toolkit provides materials to help ‘Kick Start’ CEPPs Networks at city, regional or country level.

It contains presentations explaining the rationale for CEPPs, the scientific reference base for CEPPs, the Directory of Supporters, the CEPPs 10-Step Process, and links to useful resources…

Sharing Knowledge and Best Practice

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

The most up-to-date scientific knowledge on early childhood development, from conception to age five.

The CEPPs Knowledge Base

Sharing Knowledge and Best Practice in Childhood and Early Parenting freely throughout the world.

Building Better Societies

During the early years of life, from conception to three, a child’s brain develops at an astounding pace. This is the crucial age when children form their first attachments and interpersonal relationships and develop their first concepts – optimistic or fearful – of the world in which they will live.

Science and psychology are helping us to understand how the love and nurture of caring adults is hard wired into the brains of children. Economic studies are showing us how the lack of nurtured development creates immense long-term costs to families, communities and governments.

CEPPs Involves Action!


and share knowledge and best practice freely, worldwide.


a compelling message to policy makers at the highest level.


families, caregivers and communities to become a force for change.


working bottom-up, city-by-city, promoting networks and partnerships.


Help end preventable deaths of mothers and young children within a generation!

In the Every Newborn Action Plan coordinated by the WHO and UNICEF, it is reported that for the first time, the world has the knowledge and resources to end preventable deaths of mothers and newborns within a generation. Governments around the world have signed up, but now rely on bottom-up support from professionals and organizations in health, social and early childhood care.

‘I encourage professionals and organisations to join a local CEPPs Network, and together let us make this a reality in every country.’

Valerie Unite, Executive Director and co-founder of CEPPs

Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

CEPPs directly support SDGs 3, 4 & 5 which aim to improve health, education and the condition of women and girls.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to stimulate action over the next 15 years and beyond, in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

CEPPs are directly linked to the achievement of a number of SDG targets, by providing a focus on early parenting and early childhood care and the physical, emotional and mental health of future generations.

CEPPs Partners and Supporters