The first 1,000 days of a child’s life blaze the path for everything that comes next. It’s a crucial time for brain development, to receive proper nutrition, bond with parents in a loving safe way and meet scores of key milestones on the journey to a successful future.
But what is the best way to communicate the vital importance of those first three years to parents – and create an environment that enables parents to learn and use that information to help their children?
The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs is working with the Bernard van Leer Foundation to find new ways to ensure the foundation’s early childhood development programs across the world are making a transformational impact. We are using tailored approaches designed to create social and behavior change for the youngest children and working to understand cultural or societal reasons why some tactics may have been less successful in the past.
So far, CCP has advised foundation projects in Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Israel, India and the Netherlands, where the foundation is based.