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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 Global Initiative and the CEPPs SisterCities program are having a transformative effect, breaking the persistent inter-generational cycles of poverty, adversity, disadvantage and violence seen in many areas of society today.

They originate from multi-sector Early Childhood Development (ECD) networks operating today in a number of countries. They are helping mothers, families and caregivers provide the nurturing care every child needs to develop their full potential.

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

We support the PMNCH Nurturing Care Framework launched at the World Health Assembly in May 2018.

With our partners we work city-by-city to accelerate and support the formation of multi-sector ECD networks, providing a ‘Continuum-of-Care’ for mothers, newborns and families.

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The 7 CEP Principles

The CEPPs draw from best practice in multi-sector ECD networks operating today in a number of countries.

They support the UN SDGs and provide a practical roadmap for action in developing and developed countries…

The CEPPs Global Initiative

Investing in early childhood development (ECD) is one of the best investments a country can make to boost sustainable  economic growth and promote healthy and peaceful societies.

For every $1 spent on ECD initiatives, the returns can be as high as $13…


CEPPs SisterCities

A global support network for cities implementing ECD programs. Cities in different countries can share experiences of ‘What Works’.

City leaders sign a CEPPs Statement of Support and commit to ECD-friendly practices…

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.


The Heckman Curve

‘The highest rate of economic returns come from the earliest investments in children, providing an eye-opening understanding that society invests too much money on later development when it is often too late to provide great value.

The graphic shows the economic benefits of investing early and building skill upon skill to provide greater success to more children and greater productivity and reduce social spending for society.’
The Heckman Equation, James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics

Supporting the UN 2030 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.

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.