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 to 5 December 2014 in Manila, Philippines. We are very honoured to have Hirokazu Yoshikawa, PhD with us as our Keynote speaker and Hon. Teresa Aquino Oreta as our Guest of Honour.  We are expecting over 300 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

 a pre-conference workshop:

'What does it take to make the holistic and integrative approach work'?

Read more on the pre-conference workshop (2 December) HERE


Read more on pre-conference study visit (2 December) HERE




for conferene (pre-conference workshop and field visit)


Call for proposals – closed - See paper presentation guidelines HERE.


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.   








ARNEC Webinar on 'ECD in Emergencies - 11 December 2014 4.30pm SGT


Click here to register for ARNEC webinar

'ECD in Emergencies' on Dec 11, 2014 4:30 PM SGT at: 

Dear members, please register your

interest for the ARNEC webinar on 'ECD

in Emergencies' presented by Sara Hommel from Save the Children and Nanditha Hettitantri, Macquarie University. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation

email containing information about joining the webinar.

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For further information see HERE 



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

Register today for the Asia-Pacific Regional ECD Conference


'ECD on the global agenda: Building partnerships for sustainability and harmony'

3-5 December 2014








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.