Early Childhood Development

To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
To support women during the postpartum period, simple gestures such as offering to pick up groceries, making a meal, or taking the baby for a walk can have a positive impact.
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
Breaking down barriers in maternal mental health
28 February 2020

“Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression and anxiety, yet three times more likely to experience barriers to accessing mental healthcare,” explained Dr Simone Vigod during a session entitled Healthy Moms, Healthy Families – Breaking Down Barriers to Maternal Mental Healthcare at the Ismaili Centre Toronto in early February. 

At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
At the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India, teachers and students enjoy a fun moment of sport together on the campus lawn.
Being healthy children – inside and out
Being healthy children – inside and out
6 February 2020

On the occasion of Children’s Mental Health Week, the Aga Khan Health Board (UK) explores the importance of supporting young people to pay attention to their emotional wellbeing, and shares some advice for children on being healthy, inside and out. We encourage you to read this article with the children in your life.

Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Investing in the early years can help to ensure that each young person can eventually reach their fullest potential.
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
Parwaaz ECD programme in Afghanistan supports the right start to life
28 January 2020

Scientific research has shown that 90 percent of brain growth happens before a child begins school. During this time, the foundation is laid for health and wellbeing throughout life. As such, investing in the early years of a child’s life is one of the smartest investments a parent or community can make. The Parwaaz Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in Afghanistan aims to ensure that every child has the right start to life.

Early Childhood Development in India

Video: Early Childhood Development in India
23 January 2020

The early years of life are critical for the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive formation of every young child. On the occasion of the UN’s International Day of Education, we learn about the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s work in Early Childhood Development (ECD) in India. By supporting government ECD centres, AKF facilitates a safe, healthy, and joyful environment where children can learn.

ECDC began with a simple concept - working with parents to support their young childrens’ educational and socio-emotional development. The model transitioned from offering parent-only sessions to joint parent and children activities.
ECDC began with a simple concept - working with parents to support their young childrens’ educational and socio-emotional development. The model transitioned from offering parent-only sessions to joint parent and children activities.
ECD Centres secure long-term future for Jamat of Tanzania
ECD Centres secure long-term future for Jamat of Tanzania
24 October 2019

In 2005 the Jamat in Tanzania embarked on an Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiative at Darkhana Jamatkhana in Dar es Salaam. Over time, as interest in community based early learning gained momentum, the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) has gradually expanded. Today, ECDC activities take place in Zanzibar, Iringa, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, and Zambia.

Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.
Research has shown the positive impacts of a quality early childhood experience in ensuring better opportunities throughout children's lives.
On the Parenting Journey
On the Parenting Journey
29 July 2019

Being a parent is perhaps the most complex job in the world. It can be a challenging yet joyful experience. Nowadays, parents are surrounded by multiple questions regarding their children’s everyday life, health, education, and future. Should parents control their children’s use of technology? How can parents give due time and attention to their children while life pressures increase each day? How can parents set clear limits for their children with empathy and respect?

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