Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Early child development

Children should all be able to achieve their optimal physical growth and psycho-emotional development

Early child development (ECD) encompasses physical, socio emotional, cognitive and motor development between 0-8 years of age. Neuro-scientific evidence is rapidly evolving and in 2016, updated evidence became available on the burden of children at risk of sub-optimal development, effective interventions, affordability of their delivery, and the cost of inaction.

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This new evidence reveals that 250 million or 43% of children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to realize their full development potential in 2016.

Information on early child development is contained in the topic pages linked below