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Transforming Lives and Societies

Our focus is 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.

The CEPPs Mother and Child Manifesto proposes 7 principles, providing a policy framework for unified multi-sector partnerships between government, private sector and civil society organizations at city, regional and national levels. They aim to help mothers, families and caregivers provide the nurturing care every child needs to develop their full potential.

The 7 Principles are based on real-life initiatives operating today in a number of countries. They are having a transformative effect, breaking the persistent inter-generational cycles of poverty, adversity, disadvantage and violence seen in many areas of society today.

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.

We invite you to join us. Help kick start the transformation in your city or community.
The CEPPs Founding Partners 1001 Critical DaysAPPPAH, ISPPM

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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CEPPs supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – with a special focus on SDGs 3, 4 & 5 which aim to improve the health, education and condition of women and girls.

We work bottom-up, city-by-city to accelerate the implementation of the UN Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy (2016-2030).

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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.

Very Early Intervention is Critical!

“If we’re putting millions of dollars into Head Start which begins at three, four, or five years of age, and haven’t developed the appropriate brain to receive the education, it will be a waste of money. It is important to be sure that the brain has developed well in utero.

So when you start the formal education, you have the nerve cells and dendrites that can respond.”

Dr. Marian Diamond, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley

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.