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Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood e-newsflash (March 2014, Issue 65)

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A message from the ARNEC Secretariat:


Add Asia-Pacific’s voice to give all children the best start in life!

Dear ARNEC members, we have received an update on the numbers from the Global Petition on ECD, led by Tessa Jowell in the UK. An incredible amount of interest has been gathered in this petition over the last couple of weeks with supporters from over 150 countries. Our voices specifically from the Asia-Pacific region still need to be heard. The aim is to present the petition to Ban Ki Moon at an UN event this June - 3,600 signatures are still needed! Some countries like Bangladesh, India and Australia have participated highly however other countries in the region still need to add their signature to give all children the best start in life! See snapshot of countries in the Asia-Pacific region participating in the Global Petition on ECD compared to ARNEC members here

SIGN THE PETITION ON LINE and share it in your country with colleagues, your networks, friends and family! Alternatively if you’re at an event, conference or meeting you could get creative by making signboards,  taking pictures with the petition, or simply gathering signatures on a hard copy of the petition (see some examples here) Please do send a scanned version to

Best wishes,

ARNEC Secretariat


CG: a response to the UN’s Open Working Group ‘Focus Areas’ document

The Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CG) and its partners have prepared a response to the UN's Open Working Group 'Focus Areas' document, which provides the basis for the next stage of determining the goals and targets for the new post-2015 development framework. Whilst early childhood development is mentioned in the 'Focus Areas' document, it doesn't go far enough, and we must ensure it remains part of the agenda. The CG's paper is entitled: "The Right to Human Development: Where are Young Children in the Sustainable Development Goals?" You can download it here The 'Focus Areas' document can be found here:


Survey on Global Early Childhood intervention

We invite you to participate in a brief survey about the status of early childhood intervention in your country. The International Society on Early Intervention and the Open Society Foundation are working together to gain a better understanding of the global state of early childhood intervention. The purpose of this survey is to map the status of country-level policy, regulations, standards, guidelines, financing and service delivery across the globe. In this survey, early childhood intervention (ECI) is defined as a system of services provided to the families of children under the age of 3 years who have developmental delays, disabilities, atypical behaviour or who are likely to experience delays due to risk factors such as low birth weight, identified syndromes, malnutrition, illness or experience of trauma, abuse or neglect. See the survey here:  


Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant

The Patrice L Engle Dissertaion Grant provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. The Grant includes US $5,000 to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD.  For details and application procedures, please see  The 2014 Deadline for the Application is April 30th, 2014. Applications must be sent via email to Patrice.Engle.Grant@SRCD.ORG. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2014.Questions can be directed to Patrice.Engle.Grant@SRCD.ORG.


Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally – April Workshop

The IOM/NRC Board on Children, Youth, and Families, in collaboration with the IOM's Board on Global Health, has launched the Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG) to engage in dialogue and discussion to connect the best science on how to support children's growth and development, including two-generation approaches, with practices and policies on the ground around the world. Workshop on April 17- 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.

To learn more about the Forum and the April workshop, please sign up for the listserv here:





Internships available at ARNEC Secretariat! Spread the word!  As part of ARNEC's capacity building in the region, ARNEC is seeking interns to work closely with the ARNEC Secretariat based in Singapore (West) to assist the team with research especially focusing on post-2015 advocacay, communication, database and administration management within Early Childhood. For full application and TOR please see HERE. 

ARNEC Country Coordinators (various countries)

We have received and accepted applications for Country Coordinators from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan. As you know, ARNEC is currently in the process of formalizing Country Coordinators and aim to have those in place in each and every country in the region. We are looking for further Country Coordinators in the Asia-Pacific region (where there is no known ECD network at present). The Country Coordinator will on a national level improve linkages with the countries (national networks/ECCD professional community) and strengthen national coordination for ECCD. We expect Country Coordinators to work on the following, but not limited to, activities:

  • Host a “Country of the Month” in collaboration with your national ECD community
  • Actively participate in ARNEC’s web portals (sharing upcoming events (and their reports), new policies and other hot topics, blogs…)
  • Promote ARNEC membership (e.g. holding membership drives, disseminate ARNEC’s work, advocacy messages and information)
  • Contribute to ARNEC’s initiatives  

We anticipate Country Coordinators to spend around 12 days a year for and commit her/himself to serve the role for a term of 2 years. For full Terms of reference click here for those interested. Please complete the nomination form attached with your CV and/or reference contact details, and return back to


UNICEF PACIFIC - Consultancy for ECD Programme Communication in Solomon Islands - Deadline 1 April 2014 

The purpose of this consultancy is to strengthen families’ support of young child development in a holistic manner with special focus on promoting and supporting young children’s school readiness in particular their emergent literacy development through provision of a key communication tool that would help parents nurture these areas in a developmentally appropriate practice. In applying for the consultancy both the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and P11 form need to be completed as well. Please contact if interested.

See here for full TOR P11 form and EOI.


UNESCO Bangkok: Consultant: Evaluation of JFIT-Funded Project on CLC Equivalency Programme and Lifelong Learning to Reach the Unreached Deadline for application: 6 April 2014


See details of vacancies here




Strong Foundations for 21st Century Skills? Start Early  17 March 2014, Huffington Post 

Vanuatu improving access to pre-school education

3 March 2014, Radio New Zealand International

Workshop to highlight father’s role in parenting

2 March 2014, The Gulf today

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Upcoming Events:


ACEI: Global Summit on Childhood

'Voices, Vision, Visibility'

10-13 April 2014

Vancouver, BC, Canada

International Autism Seminar

23-24 April 2014

Putrajaya, Malaysia

International delegates please email


ARNEC webinar: 'ECD and Peacebuilding'

6 May 2014 -followed on by e-discussions (details to follow soon)


2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education

6-9 May 2014

San Juan, Puerto Rico

$100 discount for ARNEC members if registered by 31 March 2014! Email

MAPECE - International Conference Early Childhood

'Creativity in Early Years the Way Forward'

24-25 May 2014

Petaling, Jaya, Malaysia


AFCC 2014, Asian Festival of Children's Content

30 May-4 June 2014 



The 15th Conference PECERA

'Living in harmony through ECE'

 8-10 August 2014

Bali, Indonesia  



'The incredible early years: Supporting young children's development'

19-20 September 2014



2014 ISSA Annual Conference

'Creating a Society for All: Re-considering

Early Childhood Services'

10-12 October 2014

Budapest, Hungary



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New Featured ECD Resources:

Final Conference report from ARNEC Conference 18-20 November 2014 in Singapore coming soon! Watch this space.


UNESCO Bangkok and the East Asia and Pacific Regional UNGEI, 2014: School-related Gender based Violence in the Asia-Pacific Region 


Annals of the New York Acadamey of Sciences – Free resources: Volume 1308 Every Child's Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Interventions


Featured Link: Seminar ‘Every Child’s Potential’ Integrated Early Childhood Development and Nutrition Interventions, UNICEF HQ NY on 6 February 2014


Benefits and Risks of ICT in Early Years - presentation from UNESCO's Expert meeting held in Singapore 6-7 March 2014

ARNEC Calendar 2014: Early Experiences Matter 'Building Foundations for Lifelong Learning'is here! Download now

ARNEC’s Documentation of Noteworthy ECD Practices – Research Brief No.2

by ARNEC, August 2013 


The White Paper – Promoting Holistic  Development of Young Children – An Imperative for the Advancement of Nations in Asia-Pacific by ARNEC, April 2013 The White Paper is also available in Russian, Chinese,  Korean and in Khmer. Would you like to translate or arrange for translation of the White paper into an additional language from the Asia-Pacific region? If you would like hardcopies of the White paper for your advocacy work or to promote ARNEC at events or conferences just let us know at




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