Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference 3-5 December 2014 in Manila, Philippines

‘Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda: Building partnerships for Sustainability and Harmony’


This year’s Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference will be taking place from 3 to5 December 2014 in Manila, Philippines. We are very honoured to have Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD with us as our Keynote speaker. We are expecting over 250 participants from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. The conference is co-organised by ARNEC, ChildFund, UNICEF, UNESCO, Plan International, OSF and Save the Children supported by the ECCD Council, Philippines. On the 2 December 214 we are offering site visits as well as pre-conference workshops (optional).


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN - Early Bird Rate ends 31 October 2014


Call for proposals – deadline EXTENDED 30 September 2014 – Please submit your paper or poster proposals by 30 September 2014 to See the form HERE and guidelines HERE. The deadline for final papers is 22 October 2014.

You can present oral/standard lecture procedure (20-30 min presentation time with Q&A) OR via a poster presentation (posters will remain on display throughout the conference with an allocated time slot for viewing).


Our Conference themes are:

1)    Partnerships and Alliance Building for ECD

2)    Contributing to sustainable development through ECD 

For example: Socio-cultural and economic return on ECD investment

ECD and environmental sustainability

3)    Building social cohesion through ECD

For example:

Promoting diversity and inclusion through ECD

ECD as an entry point for Peacebuilding


We look forward to your proposals!


Further updates and information on the conference and registration you will find via /manilaconference2014


Sponsors needed!

Interested in sponsoring the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference? Or do you know of contacts who would like to potentially sponsor the Conference? Please see  our sponsorship pack HERE and please circulate amongst your contacts and partners. 




To keep the momentum going and to put ECD at the heart of post-2015 Global Development Agenda, ARNEC will keep on advocating in 2014 to ensure ECD is placed on the post-2015 global agenda.  

Our annual theme 2014 is therefore, 

´ECD on the global agenda: Building Partnerships for sustainability and harmony.´


We will continue to build strong partnerships across sectors and different disciplines, organisations, agencies and institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region according to our mission.  We value our existing partnerships and we will also more rigorously explore new and further partnerships in the strategic areas all of which will contribute to the stronger and more dynamic ECD community in the region and to become a good partner within the global ECD community

Investing in our youngest children because we strongly believe that, in the long run, it is a most effective approach to a sustainable and harmonious society for all.  We will further look into these emerging themes within research and other advocacy work ARNEC and partners are involved in.

ARNEC will keep on working for our Goals towards 2015:

  • The Asia-Pacific region will have established a stronger and more dynamic ECD community that contributes to holistic national ECD policies
  • A holistic and inclusive ECD agenda is articulated, disseminated and adopted in the Asia-Pacific region
  • The ECD knowledge-base specific to the Asia-Pacific region is enhanced
  • The Asia-Pacific ECD experiences increasingly influence the global ECD agenda.   











NADI, 25 September 2014 – Research

shows that providing high quality care and education for children before they turn five produces significant immediate and

long-term benefits. Therefore, it is very valuable to have guidelines to help governments strengthen early childhood interventions and ensure they nurture local values while also being optimal for the children’s neural development. 


This became a reality today when UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Karen Allen launched The Pacific Guidelines for the Development of National Quality Frameworks for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Programming for Ages 3-5, in Nadi, Fiji. 



Call to ARNEC members- sign

the global petition for ECD!

The Global Petition on ECD was presented to Amina Mohammed

on behalf of the UN Secretary General. On Monday

June 16 the Permanent Missions of Colombia, Ecuador and Italy hosted an event at the

UN entitled "Early Childhood

Development: The Foundation for Sustainable Human Development for 2015 and Beyond".

The event was sponsored by

the Consultative Group for

Early Childhood Care

and Development, Open

Society Foundations, SOS Children's Villages and CINDE.


You can watch the full

event here:


 And the follow-up Press

Conference here:


Read Dame Tessa Jowells blog  on the event

Call for Conference papers - deadline extended 30 September 

Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference, Manila 3-5 December 2014

Please submit your paper or poster proposals by 30 September 2014 to 

See the form HERE and guidelines HERE. The deadline for final papers is 22 October 2014.


You can present oral/standard lecture procedure (20-30 min presentation time with Q&A) OR via a poster presentation (posters will remain on display throughout the conference with an allocated time slot for viewing).






ARNEC Connections 2013 no.7

by ARNEC June 2014

Theme Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda: Giving all chldren equal opportunities for lifelong learning, health and success. 

This is ARNEC's annua publication for ECD professionals by ECD professionals. All articles are contributed by individuals who are ARNEC members and/or are working withing the filed of early chilhdood. 







ARNEC Conference 2013  Final Report (new)

by ARNEC April 2014

The ARNEC Conference 2013 focused on giving all children equal 

opportunities to lifelong learning, health and success. Particular
emphasis was given to promoting ECD on the global agenda and
speaking with “One Voice!” as the post-2015 Millennial Development
Goals are re-visioned and revised. Fourteen Concurrent Sessions
were held that supported learning in four areas:
1. Expanding access to holistic ECD services
2. Enabling policy environment for holistic ECD
3. Strengthening capacities of parents, families and communities
4. Support holistic development and learning of young children—
good quality EC interventions and equity

The White Paper - Promoting Holistic Development of Young Children- An Imperative for the Advancement of Nations in Asia Pacific  

also available in Russian, Chinese, Korean and in Khmer.

by ARNEC, April 2013   

Holistic early childhood development builds the health and wealth of nations and advances social justice by: 1) Improving child health and nutrition; 2) Educating the future generation and promoting nation-building; 3) Bringing about high economic returns for nations and 4) Alleviating inequity and promoting national harmony.