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’

For presentations and resources from the Conference please see:





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.   






Missed the ARNEC webinar

held on 11th December, ‘ECD in Emergencies’ ? You can listen to the full  

recording HERE and see the presentations:


Presentation 1 – Sara Hommel, Save the Children, HEART Programme HERE

Presentation 2 – Nanditha Hettitantri, Macquarie University, ECD centres in Sri Lanka HERE


We are currently hosting e-discussions on ‘ECD in Emergencies until the 26 December via our e-discussions Facebook group. Do join in and share any questions you

might have via: 


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How can you still get involved in the Post-2015 discourse for ECD? See the ARNEC Post-2015 briefing:

 Post2015 briefing ARNEC_rev (1) (1).pdf 



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

See the presentations and conference resources HERE




ARNEC Connections 2014 no.8 (new)

by ARNEC November 2014

Theme Early Childhood Development on the Global Agenda: Building partnerships for sustainability and harmony

This is ARNEC's annual 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 Calendar 2015  (new)

by ARNEC November 2014

'What does Peace mean to you' A collections of children's drawing on Peace from Singapore, Myanmar and Bhutan. 




Early Childhood and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific Region: Brochure

by ARNEC, December 2014







Early Childhood and Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific Region: Literature Review

by ARNEC, December 2014 


A review of existing research into early childhood and peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region as it has developed over the last thirteen years.Three overarching questions frame the project what do we know or do not know about the 

role of early childhood in peace building? What are the different conceptualisations of early childhood and peace building? and how does the literature inform a future research agenda for the advocacy of early childhood and peace building in the Asia Pacific region?



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.