Early childhood development (ECD) is increasingly recognized as a critical window to reduce inequality and shape a child’s future. Yet, too many children, don’t receive adequate stimulation at home, experience violent discipline by caregivers, or are unable to attend early childhood education.

The Countdown to 2030 country profiles cover 138 low- and middle-income countries and highlight progress made in the field of ECD as well as the significant gaps remaining – especially in collecting data on the youngest children and measuring services intended to improve nurturing care. The country profiles have been prepared by UNICEF in collaboration with the Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development Metrics Joint Technical Working Group of the Countdown to 2030.

The new Formative Years brochure summarizes UNICEF’s work on measuring ECD and focuses on key global indicators for monitoring and reporting. It outlines UNICEF’s efforts to enhance measurement tools for SDG monitoring as well as data compilation, analysis and dissemination in vital areas of ECD.