Early childhood education
Quality early childhood education and pre-primary schooling are essential for development allowing for success in primary school and beyond.
Early childhood (the period from birth until the age of 8) is the most important stage of development in a child’s life.
In the early years of a child’s life, especially the first 1,000 days when brain development is at its most rapid, children learn skills that are critical for all aspects of their lives.
For their brains and bodies to develop healthily, young children need parents or caregivers who:
However, millions of young children grow up without the care and services they need to survive and thrive.
We ensure young children receive the nurturing care they need, including during emergencies. Our work improves children’s health, nutrition, play, early learning and safety while challenging limiting and discriminatory gender stereotypes that hold girls back from an early age.
We’re removing barriers to quality health services girls and young women face in Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal to reduce maternal and child mortality.
Dinh, a mother of 2 from Vietnam, is supporting her children to get the best possible start in life after attending parenting groups.
Preschool teachers in Shaanxi province are promoting gender equality through their work following training and guidance from Plan International.
Fathers’ clubs are supporting Ugandan men like father of 11, John, to discuss issues they face and become better parents and partners.