Principle 1

Provide leadership for Early Parenting and Early Childhood Development at local, regional and national government levels

Provide leadership at all levels and in all sectors of government involved in supporting early parenting education and care (pre- and post-natal), and early childhood development.

Mobilising policy makers and civil society

1.1. Raise awareness in all relevant sectors and levels of government on the long-term impact of interventions during early childhood and the early parenting period.

1.2. Establish a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder platform for consultation and involvement of all key stakeholders.

1.3. Define a Childhood and Early Parenting (CEP) Policy, with implementation and operational parameters, in consultation with mothers and all key stakeholders in CEP, affirmed by all levels and sectors of government.

Preparing the Business Case

1.4. Complete a Gap Analysis relative to the CEP-related UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on Rights of the Child, to identify country-specific issues to be addressed in the National CEP Policy.

1.5. Complete an evidence-based assessment, calculating the cost to society of problems originating during the CEP period, relative to the cost of intervention.

1.6. Develop and publish the business case (Return on Investment), for CEP with input from with all key stakeholders, considering the health, social, and economic aspects. It should explain and justify the national Initiative and its funding.


1.7. Establish structures at all levels of government, with plans for implementation, co-ordination, service delivery measures and monitoring, including partnerships and engagement with key stakeholders in CEP.

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